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Having fun at Zao is one of our values. We’ve put limited animated flourishes throughout our site to communicate our love of levity. We also recognize that onscreen movement is not fun or possible for everyone. We've turned off all our animations for you per your browser's request to limit motion. That said, we don't want you to miss out on the party.

Here's a funny joke to enjoy!

Why don’t ants ever get sick?

Because they have little anty bodies.

Our Process

Zao developers optimize performance throughout the entire development process.

Zao’s commitment to WordPress

Over 43% of the entire internet runs on WordPress. There are no other development firms in the Portland area that can claim as many contributions to the WordPress platform as we can. Because we invest time and energy in the platform, you can be assured of our expertise when it comes to your project.


Tickets Submitted, WordPress Core Contributions


WordPress Plugins – Developed or Contributed

screenshot of wordpress dashboard

Travel Portland

It is our great joy to work with clients who love pushing WordPress to the cutting edge of what it can be. When Travel Portland reached out to us to create one of the most complex Gutenberg-driven sites to date – we couldn’t have been more delighted.

Cancer Tutor

We get a lot of crazy ideas for things we would like to build. It takes a very special combination of developer and people-person to really understand what and how we want to do certain things.

Zao seemed to get “it” instantly. Even from the first wireframe we sent over, they understood our vision and direction. They were the first developers we had spoken to that took a genuine interest in understanding our project from day one.

Reggie Black
Founder, Cancer Tutor

Liquid Web

The number of people I trust to work on a serious eCommerce store can be counted on one hand. Justin and the Zao team are at the top of that very short list. From custom payment gateways to full site builds, you’re in good hands.

Chris Lema, VP of Products & Innovation
Liquid Web

Bill Erickson

Justin and his team at Zao are true WordPress development experts. Any time we have a complicated problem to solve, we turn to his team and have never been disappointed. They are fast, knowledgeable, and excellent at communicating throughout the project. Zao is one of the few agencies I recommend to my clients.

Bill Erickson
WordPress Developer


We’re constantly learning, growing, and sharing

We’re not in this only for our clients. We believe in paying it forward and being a resource for other developers.

Latest Video: Picking the right plugin in WordPress?

Choosing the right plugin to use in WordPress can be tough! Zao founder Justin Sainton shares on LinkedIn about some of the pitfalls and considerations when choosing between plugins.