Alex Spataru, Developer in Bucharest, Romania
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Alex Spataru

Verified Expert  in Engineering

WordPress Themes Developer

Location
Bucharest, Romania
Toptal Member Since
March 24, 2020

Since 2014, Alex has been working full time in projects that involve WordPress, including building custom themes and plugins. Among the most complex projects that he's worked on included API and CRM integrations, shops (WooCommerce), and extending already-made plugins. All in all, Alex is an expert at converting designs into code, no matter if the end project is WordPress or an HTML page.

Portfolio

Organimal
WordPress, WooCommerce
Freelance
JavaScript, PHP, WordPress, API Integration
Digital Web Development Service
WordPress, Flexbox, Plugin Development, APIs, MySQL, Troubleshooting

Experience

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Themes, WordPress

The most amazing...

...feeling was to get mostly 5-star reviews on a plugin that I've listed on WordPress's official plugin directory.

Work Experience

Senior Web Developer

2022 - PRESENT
Organimal
  • Improved the site performance by moving from a 50-active plugin setup to a custom code setup.
  • Created a custom marketing flow following the EU regulations.
  • Implemented a referral system for the site customers.
Technologies: WordPress, WooCommerce

WordPress Developer

2013 - PRESENT
Freelance
  • Developed a website that integrates multiple APIs under a single application, using my custom-made web services.
  • Created and maintained a WordPress plugin listed on the official directory at Wordpress.org.
  • Built and maintained multiple WooCommerce shops using designs provided by the clients.
Technologies: JavaScript, PHP, WordPress, API Integration

Senior WordPress Developer

2020 - 2021
Digital Web Development Service
  • Created, maintained, and refactored the site's custom theme and plugins on demand, among other tasks.
  • Created an API integration to import and synchronize data from Laravel to WordPress, with on-demand and automated options.
  • Created custom modules for Beaver Builder page builder.
Technologies: WordPress, Flexbox, Plugin Development, APIs, MySQL, Troubleshooting

WordPress and WooCommerce Developer

2018 - 2020
NOLIOS, Inc.
  • Developed multiple webshops based on WordPress and WooCommerce, considering the mockups created by our designer.
  • Maintained and improved the overall performance of the database and front end of WordPress sites.
  • Helped to secure websites that were partially insecure or needed malware removal.
Technologies: JavaScript, PHP, WooCommerce, WordPress

WordPress Developer

2016 - 2018
Graitec
  • Developed a WordPress multi-site network with eleven sites and languages.
  • Created multiple web services helping the communication between a client's Windows application, website, and CRM.
  • Upgraded the website design using modern standards and tools.
Technologies: Integration, REST APIs, PHP, WordPress

A Web Shop for Cosmetic Products

https://colette-camenisch.com/
My task was to convert the given design into a WooCommerce shop. As part of this job, I also integrated the Stripe payment gateway. After releasing the site (it went live), I also maintained the site on a monthly basis and made sure the custom-made WordPress theme followed the latest WooCommerce standards.

Custom WordPress (Multi-site) with a CRM Integration

The project started with rebuilding a WordPress template that was using Visual Composer. Soon after that, I created a simple PHP website combining an existing HTML template and mixing it with the given design.
In December 2016, we decided to move all the content into a single WordPress website and migrate it from Microsoft Server (ASP) to Linux (Apache/PHP). I was responsible for transferring ASP to PHP/WordPress, including some web services and ERP-related tasks.

My significant achievement was extending the WordPress REST API to integrate the ERP/CRM better. The API didn't allow adding/editing users from the multi-site, and it was also tricky to add user metadata. The core plugin is extensible, and if the client adds a new site (in the multi-site), the API will integrate into that site straight away.

Custom WordPress Site for Beauty Clinic in Switzerland

https://colette-camenisch.com/
A multi-lingual WordPress site. My task was to convert the given design into a fully manageable site, so the client can easily change their website content. The task was achieved by creating custom modules for a well-known page builder.

The site has been live and consistently maintained for over two years, and the client is very happy with the end result.
2020 - 2023

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science

Titu Maiorescu University - Bucharest, Romania

SEPTEMBER 2018 - PRESENT

Codable Certified WordPress Expert

Codeable ApS

DECEMBER 2013 - PRESENT

Certificate of Completion

Vespasian Lungu

Libraries/APIs

jQuery, REST APIs, Flexbox, WordPress API

Tools

Git

Frameworks

Bootstrap 3

Languages

HTML5, SCSS, JavaScript, PHP, HTML, CSS, C++, C, Python

Platforms

WooCommerce, WordPress

Paradigms

Object-oriented Programming (OOP)

Storage

MySQL, Databases

Other

Custom Themes, WordPress Plugins, APIs, Content Delivery Networks (CDN), Troubleshooting, System Improvements, Themes, Integration, WordPress Themes, Plugin Development, API Integration, PHP Web Services, Web Development

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