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Andrew Schultz

Andrew Schultz

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Member since March 23, 2016
Andrew is an Australian engineer with a passion for travel. He's a highly capable professional specializing in WordPress with the ability to offer extensive technical expertise coupled with outstanding communication skills. His strengths include an ability to rapidly become familiar with new business processes & systems. He has over a decade of experience working as an apps developer across the full project life-cycle.
Andrew is now available for hire
  • Tradelaide
    Bootstrap 3, PHP, jQuery, MySQL, CSS, ACF, BadgeOS
  • Breathe
    WordPress, aXcelerate, Infusionsoft, WooCommerce, WooCommerce Subscriptions...
  • Early Childhood Australia
    WordPress, PHP, jQuery, MySQL, WooCommerce
  • jQuery, 4 years
  • CSS, 4 years
  • PHP, 4 years
  • HTML, 4 years
  • JavaScript, 4 years
  • MySQL, 4 years
  • WooCommerce, 4 years
  • WordPress, 4 years
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Preferred Environment
WordPress, Bootstrap 3, WooCommerce
The most amazing...
...thing I've built was an Instagram comment pod site allowing users to gather and promote their account exposure by commenting and liking each other's photos.
  • WordPress Developer
    2016 - PRESENT
    • Modularized a custom plugin design which enabled the ability to switch features on and off, if issues arose or certain features were not required.
    • Developed a messaging plugin for sending emails to members; utilizing AJAX for an improved user experience.
    • Built a geo-enabled browser where a user can do custom post types and post searches; also a user can search for items within specific distance radius from their location.
    • Developed badge-and-points reward system on the BadgeOS platform for awarding users with different interactions with the site.
    • Built a unique responsive theme design on the Divi platform. Page speed was optimised using and best practices.
    • Created an email notification system using a real CRON service to notify users when specific keywords are included in new trade posts.
    Technologies: Bootstrap 3, PHP, jQuery, MySQL, CSS, ACF, BadgeOS
  • Web Developer
    2016 - PRESENT
    • Student course selector page that integrated with an external student software system to allow users to enrol and pay for a subscription based Pilates education service.
    • Customised WooCommerce Subscriptions integration to enable varied scheduled payment plans based on a student's prior educational completion.
    • Dramatically improved website load-times by implementing deferred script loading, compressed images, caching and CDN services.
    • Cleaned the website of malicious code and added anti-hacking measures by incorporating Securi and various other WordPress security hardening measures after a site hack.
    • Converted the site to use the security of SSL encryption to protect user login credentials from being viewed.
    • Created a course calendar via API calls from an external software system to display an aggregated view of student deadlines and attendance dates. This prevented the duplicate of static course information as it could be sourced from one place improving the maintainability of the system.
    • Scheduled functions utilising a real CRON service and not the default WordPress schedule service which relies on users visiting the site to trigger the scheduler.
    Technologies: WordPress, aXcelerate, Infusionsoft, WooCommerce, WooCommerce Subscriptions, Stripe, PHP, jQuery
  • Lead WordPress Developer
    Early Childhood Australia
    2014 - PRESENT
    • Converted a static HTML eCommerce site into a dynamic, WooCommerce powered platform with the ability to sell physical, virtual, and subscription items.
    • Created a personalized PDF Terms and Conditions upon the purchase of electronically distributed teaching materials.
    • Performed regular testing and scheduling of WordPress plugin and core updates.
    • Developed a custom shipping plugin to meet the business requirements of the client.
    • Implemented a booking system to allow the selling of ticketed educational events around the country.
    • Performed a seamless integration of additional customer demographic details into the customer's account page.
    Technologies: WordPress, PHP, jQuery, MySQL, WooCommerce
  • Web Developer
    Chris Sajnog
    2017 - 2017
    • Fixed the formatting of various elements and page layouts using CSS.
    • Troubleshot and resolved a myriad of issues regarding subscriptions, messaging, plugins conflicts, and site load times.
    • Reduced the number of plugins used on the site by 20% by replacing the bloated plugin solutions with succinct, lean, and custom-coded solutions.
    • Created custom login pages and order redirects based on users' shopping cart items and membership levels.
    • Integrated a messaging system for group discussions on the WordPress posts.
    • Created a "Save the Sale" feature through custom code allowing members to be offered a months free subscription is they decided not to cancel.
    Technologies: WordPress, PHP, jQuery, CSS, HTML
  • Web Developer
    2016 - 2016
    • Created a website called "Send a Friend" which enabled users to send colleagues a gift. Customers are sent an email/SMS with a coupon for a complimentary item that they can redeem at the merchant it was purchased for.
    • Integrated with the Twilio API for sending SMS to recipients informing them of their free gift.
    • Generated QR coupons via PassKit that are used to redeem the gift in store.
    • Developed a Bootstrap popup window that captures recipient demographics. This was added to the shopping cart via AJAX and form validation ensured all the required fields were entered.
    • Stored custom checkout field data in the order and modified the checkout page to include all the recipient data to validate the gift was being sent to the correct details.
    Technologies: WordPress, AJAX, jQuery, PHP, Twilio API, PassKit API, Bootstrap
  • Analyst Programmer
    Department of Health and Aging
    2006 - 2016
    • Developed a password reset tool used across the entire government department in ASP.NET. Implemented a system that resulted in a significant reduction in the call volume to the help desk regarding this issue.
    • Created a suite of level 2 help desk tools in C# to assist in common mundane tasks replacing a UNIX command line interface with a Windows GUI.
    • Designed and built in C# a real-time queue monitoring system to monitor interface messaging processing. This resulted in a decrease in the time taken to resolve interface errors and troubleshoot any issues as a result of these failed messages.
    • Built C# DLL libraries to enable the viewing of patient radiology images on a state wide patient administration system. This enabled the consolidation of patient medical records resulting in doctors being able to make better clinical decisions based on previous imaging results.
    • Configured and customized a $40 million dollar state-wide clinical system called EPAS. My duties included the creation of a custom functionality for the administration of chemotherapy treatment and integrating legacy system data to allow access to historical patient medical records.
    Technologies: C#.NET, Windows Forms, SQL Server, Sybase, T-SQL, ASP.NET, Crystal Reports, UNIX, XML, HL7 Messaging
  • Business Analyst
    HSBC Bank
    2004 - 2005
    • Identified and resolved work place bottlenecks by creating software to automate and optimization procedures.
    • Extracted and manipulated the IBM AS/400 and access database data utilizing VB software to provide real-time acquisition volumes. Previous reporting tools could only provide figures with a 24-hour lag on volume amounts.
    • Formulated and implemented the “Referrals Direct” lead and data tracking system to replace an existing software system. Enhancement of the system led to a 40% increase in acquired volumes.
    • Created a Windows forms lead dialing software for numerous operations resulting in significant increases in DPA compliance and productivity of agents. This system removed the need for a paper-based business.
    • Implemented a secured home loan’s application form. This replaced a previously manual operation, and cut processing time significantly. Secured business was amplified by 240% after its implementation.
    Technologies: VB 6, VBA, Access DB, AS/400
  • Tradelaide (Development)

    A community of people trading unwanted items with the ability to search within a given distance. It includes a member listing page for users to search for people with specific skill sets for any jobs that need doing.

  • Group Comment (Development)

    A website that enables Instagram users to come together and like/comment on each other's photos in order to boost their exposure on the platform.

  • Early Childhood Australia (Development)

    An online portal producing innovative and essential early childhood material. I converted the site onto a WooCommerce eCommerce platform and integrated subscriptions, ticket sales for events, and purchase of virtual and physical educational materials.

  • Chris Sajnog (Development)

    A community of like-minded individuals who gather here to receive regular training videos, join hangouts, and chat to peers in the team room to benefit from ongoing training into handling weapons.

  • Bonty (Development)

    An online and offline jeweler retailer selling a variety of items such as bracelets, necklaces, and gift cards.

  • Sydney Social 101 (Development)

    A social blog promoting the best places to eat and drink in Sydney. Built on a WordPress multisite, the collection of sites sells a loyalty card for discount sellers around the Sydney area.

  • Send A Friend (Development)

    A website where users can purchase and send gifts to friends. A coupon is emailed or sent via SMS to their friend to be redeemed in-store.

  • The 10 Most Common Mistakes That WordPress Developers Make (Publication)
    WordPress is easily the most powerful open source blogging and content management system available online today. As WordPress is easy enough to set up and has a user-friendly approach, many developers are often underestimating it and so make mistakes in development. In this article, Toptal Freelance Software Engineer Andrew Schultz outlines the ten most common mistakes that WordPress developers should be aware of for future projects.
  • Languages
    SQL, C#, PHP, CSS, JavaScript, HTML
  • Platforms
    WooCommerce, WordPress, WordPress Theme Design
  • Storage
    MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server
  • Frameworks
    Genesis Framework, Bootstrap
  • Libraries/APIs
    jQuery, Twitter API
  • Misc
    WordPress Plugins, User Authentication
  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    Adelaide University - Adelaide, Australia
    1998 - 2003
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