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  • John McNeil Johnston

    Renaissance Man

    Wilton, CT

My name is John McNeil Johnston. Since 1998, I have designed web sites as an independent contractor for a wide variety of clients. Specializing in small to medium scale sites and a simple, common-sense approach to information dissemination, I started LightSites, my one-person web design company (sole proprietorship in Wilton, CT) in 2000. While managing and creating web sites as LightSites, I have been an active independent writer and composer. My writing credits include: * TEACH - a musical play on the life and death of famed pirate Blackbeard, for which I wrote the book, music and lyrics. * THE DANCIN' FOOLS - a musical play with book by John Stix & Fritz Krieger for which I wrote all lyrics & music. * ESSAYS on a wide variety of subjects. * WEB SITE CONTENT including every word on LightSites.com, in addition to text and other online content updating on all sites managed by me as LightSites. * Numerous web design proposals which range from the artistically descriptive to the highly technical. As an independent web designer, I have deployed a wide variety of skills including copywriting, graphic design and optimization, database integration and all phases of web site building and implementation. I have also provided hosting services (as a Hostgator reseller) to my clients since 2012. I am extremely proud of the fact that all of my design clients have kept me on as webmaster, implementing and managing their online content. Current clients include: Jewelers Vigilance Committee, jvclegal.org John Howard Performance Sports, johnhowardsports.com Young’s Nurseries, youngsnurseries.com Wilton Economic Development Commission (in final design phase) I am also a professional musician, having trained as a composer at the Mannes College of Music in New York City (Bm ’85, Mm ’88), and currently work extensively as a violinist. My web design portfolio is viewable at www.LightSites.com

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John McNeil Johnston 36 Henry Austin Drive Wilton, CT 06897 203 563-0852 Copywriter, Web Designer, Webmaster, Developer Highly experienced writer, designer and web-developer with ongoing work creating, implementing and managing online presences for individuals, corporations, institutions and nonprofits. Designing and managing web sites since 1998 under the DBA name LightSites. Mr. Johnston has written book, lyrics and music for the musical TEACH, lyrics for the musical The Dancin’ Fools, in addition to music for numerous other theatrical pieces. Offering a high level of expertise in copywriting, design, online database implementation, social media/marketing presence, SEO, graphic design and server-side infrastructure, Mr. Johnston effortlessly combines technical skill with creative thought for a comprehensive, 360° approach to web building. Creative skills Copywriting Technical, Ad Copy, Press Releases, Newsletters, Lyrics, Prose. Theatrical Music Composition, Orchestration, Lyrics, (Mm. Mannes College of Music, 1988) Performance Professional Violinist since 1976 (Norwalk Symphony since 1999) Composer/Orchestrator Electric Bassist Technical skills Web Authoring WordPress CSS, HTML, MySQL, PHP Hand coding HTML 5 animation Video Production, Editing, Rendering all formats Sony Vegas Video, Adobe Premiere Flash & HTML5 video/animation Videography (camera) Graphics Photoshop Illustrator Database MySQL/PHP Social Media Facebook, LinkedIn Page creation, authoring E-commerce OpenCart PayPal advanced implementations Audio Production Full digital and MIDI production Music MIDI, Sibelius, Cakewalk, John McNeil Johnston was born in San Francisco, and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he attended Punahou School from Kindergarten through High School. He attended the Mannes College of Music in New York City and earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in 1985 and 1988, respectively. He began designing web sites in 1998, founding LightSites as a sole proprietorship with the goal of providing high-level web design and consulting services to individuals and small companies at reasonable rates. He currently resides in Wilton, CT. A true Renaissance Man, none of the skills listed here are performed at anything less than a fully professional level. Writing Portfolio viewable online at McNeilJohnston.com/writing LightSites.com – Wrote every word! www.LightSites.com YoungsNurseries.com – Responsible for proofreading, editing, and formatting all online content, Create all text and graphic content for weekly eMail Newsletter. www.YoungsNurseries.com Web Design Portfolio viewable online at LightSites.com/portfolio Jewelers Vigilance Committee 2006-present Extremely content-heavy professional site – Initiated as a re-design project with under 50 static pages in 2006 has exponentially grown to its current 675+ dynamic content pages served up via CMS. I am currently serving as webmaster, content manager and designer, also performing server upgrades and managing security. The site now features a Members Only section, online databases, mass-emailing via Constant Contact, online registration for membership, and product purchase interfacing. Reference: Karen Kovach www.jvclegal.org Director of Marketing & Development Young’s Nurseries 2008-present Redesign using MySQL/PHP database-driven content management system. Also includes dynamic product database with images. Additionally, Young’s sends out a weekly Newsletter via YMLP.com, a function that I implemented and manage. Reference: Dave Gindek, www.youngsnurseries.com Vice President / Secretary John Howard Performance Sports 2013-present The business site of cycling legend John Howard, this site features full shopping cart [OpenCart] implementation. Reference: Ralph Walker, CEO www.johnhowardsports.com Other LightSites sites: Original designs by John McNeil Johnston www.TheChicSense.com 2007 www.LightSites.com 1999 www.RichieFontana.com 2002 www.DavidRuffo.com 2008 www.YankeeMusic.com 1998 www.ToBeFastest.com 2015 www.JaneShelly.com 2015 www.CTEdge.org 2013 Representative listing only. There are currently over 25 active LightSites web sites, with several currently in development. More… Currently involved in a number of high-profile ‘site rescues’. These are situations in which the current site designer/webmaster has become non-communicative and/or adversarial, and I have successfully returned site control back to the owners. Social Media Placement has become another vital part of my work. Click to view the LightSites Facebook page. And here to view LightSites on LinkedIn Other design projects pending. References: Karen Kovach, Jewelers Vigilance Committee Wilton First Selectman Bill Brennan Dave Gindek, Young’s Nurseries Richie Fontana Ralph Walker, CEO, John Howard Performance Sports David Ruffo Jane Shelly Robert Lee Morris, Jewelry design legend Many other references available upon request.


  • Mannes College Of Music

    • Master of Music Composition
    • 1986 - 1988

    Under the brilliant mentorship of David Loeb, I earned a Masters pursuing my life's dream of large-scale orchestral composition.

  • Mannes College Of Music

    • Bachelor of Music Theory & Conducting
    • 1977 - 1985

    While paying my own way through college, I received a ridiculously thorough musical education, all the while working in the restaurant business in NYC. I took numerous hiatuses along the way to explore real world opportunities performing and working.

  • Punahou School

    • HS Diploma Kindergarten through High School
    • 1963 - 1977

    I was extremely fortunate to be a K-12 student at this prestigious Honolulu institution which has been shared by the likes of Barrack Obama, Kelly Preston, Steve Case, and thousands more grateful students.