Antonios Minas

Antonios Minas

Athens, Greece
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Antonios Minas

Antonios Minas

Athens, Greece
Member since December 5, 2014
Antonios is a senior software engineer specializing in front-end, WordPress, PHP, and JavaScript frameworks with more than six years of professional experience spanning from the IT sector to digital advertising. He is passionate about applying top-end solutions and software engineering patterns in order to solve complex problems.
Antonios is now available for hire
  • SQL, 7 years
  • JavaScript, 7 years
  • PHP, 7 years
  • SCSS, 3 years
  • React.js, 1 year
  • Backbone.js, 1 year
Athens, Greece
Preferred Environment
Gulp, JetBrains IDE, Git, Photoshop, Windows
The most amazing...
...thing about Toptal is that every new programming challenge I receive is more exciting than the previous ones.
  • Web Developer
    WebEdge (via Toptal)
    2016 - PRESENT
    • Maintained and developed several new features on a large national brand WordPress multisite.
    Technologies: PHP, WordPress, JavaScript, CSS
  • Web Developer
    Young Conservatives, LLC (via Toptal)
    2015 - PRESENT
    • Developed several WordPress plugins for their advertising needs. Features included displaying any number of different ads randomly or in serial order, responsive ads, and ads injected in post content.
    • Enhanced the user experience by using AJAX and front-end validation for form submission in Mailchimp and contact forms.
    • Improved user engagement with various sharing features. Added tracking of user exit intent with the use of jQuery and local storage.
    • Completely redesigned and currently maintaining their network of WordPress sites emphasizing in speed, optimization, and usability.
    Technologies: PHP, WordPress, jQuery
  • Web Developer
    Konstantin Solutions LLC
    2016 - 2016
    • Maintained and upgraded multiple map features on the military edge web application.
    • Fixed issues regarding displaying complex data extracted from a WordPress both on the map and on data tables.
    Technologies: WordPress, PHP, LeafletJS, MapBox, AngularJS
  • WordPress Theme Platform
    Folio Websites (via Toptal)
    2015 - 2015
    • Redesigned and developed the theme back-end pages using Bootstrap.
    • Used a PHP SCSS compiler to compile the SCSS styles derived from the framework's settings.
    • Merged multiple themes in one easily maintainable framework.
    • Added several cosmetic improvements which the end user can control through the settings page.
    • Converted old HTML code to semantic and fully responsive HTML5 including microdata for better SEO.
    Technologies: PHP, SCSS, JavaScript, WordPress, Bootstrap
  • Website Redesign
    Animagic (via Toptal)
    2015 - 2015
    • Created a highly customizable WordPress theme where the user is able to pick colors and edit the look and feel of the website from the back-end settings.
    • Implemented two different parallax techniques: the first one is relative to device orientation or mouse position and the latter is relative to page scroll. While heavy in animations and parallax effects, the website is fully functional in mobile devices. Several effects are disabled in order for the site to run smoothly in mobile browsers.
    • Utilized CSS animations to develop complex interaction effects. During the development process, we collaborated with the client, and in short iterations, implemented complex animations and other effects.
    Technologies: PHP, JavaScript, SCSS, Gulp, WordPress
  • Front-end Engineer
    2014 - 2015
    • Employed Gulp in order to create a front-end automated workflow, which helped me greatly speed up the development process.
    • Converted interaction designs from PSD to valid, search engine optimized, and responsive HTML.
    • Developed themes and theme frameworks for WordPress and a custom CMS built with the CakePHP framework.
    • Applied best practices in web optimization such as responsive images, spriting, font icons, image optimization, deferred loading of JavaScript, non-critical CSS, and images.
    • Maintained a GitHub repository with my most-used scripts and Gulp automation Bootstrap.
    • Helped set strict coding guidelines for all of our projects.
    Technologies: PHP, JavaScript, WordPress, CakePHP, SCSS, LESS
  • Software Engineer
    Mellon Group of Companies
    2010 - 2014
    • Developed Cardiff TeleForm document process management applications (OCR, ICR).
    • Administered, maintained, and upgraded legacy Java and other IT projects, one of which was a large-scale mission-critical banking application.
    • Participated in the process of writing technical documents and technical analysis for several IT projects and business offers.
    • Developed web applications in order to automate and accelerate business processes which where outsourced to clients.
    Technologies: PHP, VBA, T-SQL, Java
  • Hypermetron (Development)

    Portfolio site for my sole proprietorship business.

    Designed and developed this website as a single-page app. The front-end is built with React and Backbone while the back-end is a custom WordPress theme with a custom plugin that exposes REST endpoints.

  • Animagic (via Toptal) (Development)

    Implemented a highly customizable WordPress theme heavy in animation effects.

  • Mozaik Blog (Development)

    Developed the blogging WordPress theme for Mozaik.

    The fully optimized blogging theme uses responsive images and deferred loading of non-critical CSS. (to be launched soon)

  • STAMPD (Development)

    Co-founder of this web application. Designed and developed in WordPress, it calculates the SHA-256 hash of a document in the client-side and posts it to the blockchain.

  • LuxurIOS (Development)

    Partially developed this website, which was submitted to the EBGE design awards for 2015.

    This website is based on the company's CakePHP CMS. Vimeo videos are embedded throughout, and custom JavaScript code is used to remove the mattes and control the playback.

  • Diamond Deluxe Hotel (Development)

    Developed Diamond Deluxe Hotel's website, which was a finalist on the prestigious Ermis Awards 2014.

    This website is developed in the company's custom CakePHP CMS. It is heavy in HTML5 video and parallax effects. Compass was used for the styles.

  • Agropoly (Development)

    Was submitted in the EBGE design awards for 2015.

    Developed a responsive and speed optimized WordPress theme using LibSass and jQuery, amongst others.

  • Coral Hotel (Development)

    Created a WordPress theme framework which is being used as a basis for future websites. Initially, Compass was used for the styles, but I changed it to LibSass, which vastly sped up the development process.

  • HPM Theme Framework (Development)

    Theme framework to aid fast development and clean project structure.

    Developed a theme framework based on the needs of my previous WordPress projects. Its vast array of features includes: Custom back-end fields, AJAX contact forms with front-end validation, SEO via microdata, lazy loading of assets, WordPress customizer support, WooCommerce, and others.

  • An Introduction to JavaScript Automation with Gulp (Publication)
    Developers often automate certain repetitive and tedious tasks to save time as well as to stay focused on the task at hand. This article demonstrates how simple and easy it is to use Gulp as a build tool.
  • CSS Best Practices and Tips by Toptal Developers (Publication)
    This resource contains a collection of CSS best practices and CSS tips provided by our Toptal network members.
  • Antonios is a mentor in the Toptal Global Mentor’s Program. This program is a partnership between Toptal and General Assembly to provide high quality mentorship for students from minority and low income backgrounds who are looking to begin their careers as professional software engineers. Antonios shows commitment to diversity in tech by mentoring a General Assembly student every week for a year, covering everything from coding tips and tricks to advice on making it in the industry.
  • Languages
    PHP, HTML5, CSS, CSS3, Less, SCSS, HTML, JavaScript, SQL, Transact-SQL, VBA, Java, XML
  • Frameworks
    Twitter Bootstrap, CakePHP, JavaScript MVC
  • Libraries/APIs
    React.js, Handlebars, jQuery, Backbone.js
  • Tools
    Gulp.js, PhpStorm, WebStorm, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
  • Paradigms
    Functional programming, AJAX, Object-oriented Programming (OOP)
  • Platforms
  • Storage
    MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, MongoDB
  • Misc
    WooCommerce, JSON, Web Services
  • Master's degree in e-Business Technology
    University of Manchester - Manchester
    2006 - 2007
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science
    University of Bradford - Bradford
    2003 - 2006
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