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Donald Mudenge

Donald Mudenge

Toronto, ON, Canada
Member since October 11, 2016
Donald is more concerned in succeeding on a project with a perfect understanding of the requirements rather than just completing the tasks. For any uncertainty in project requirements, he guides and makes suggestions to clients and does not hesitate to go the extra mile. He works on a project as if it's his very own. He likes his work to truly prove to be a beauty (beautifully written, clean code) with brains (a smart and useful end-product).
Donald is now available for hire
  • SQL, 8 years
  • PHP, 8 years
  • WordPress, 6 years
  • WordPress Theme Design, 4 years
  • Bootstrap, 4 years
  • WooCommerce, 4 years
  • jQuery, 4 years
  • WP-CLI, 3 years
Toronto, ON, Canada
Preferred Environment
Mac, Windows, Git, Bitbucket, Pantheon, WP Engine
The most amazing...
...thing I've made was a phone refurbishing WordPress site with WooCommerce, it also has a selling/buying functionality with prepaid shipping using the USPS API.
  • WordPress Developer | Webmaster
    Surety Systems (via Toptal)
    2017 - 2018
    • Migrated all sites to WPEngine without any downtime.
    • Created a child theme from DIvi.
    • Built child theme out of the PSDs provided.
    • Updated the Google search console and site map.
    Technologies: WordPress, WPEngine, Bootstrap, Divi
  • WordPress Website Developer
    Legion (via Toptal)
    2017 - 2017
    • Developed and maintained a WordPress website.
    • Fixed layout issues.
    • Embedded Pardot forms and custom designed those Pardot forms according to the theme.
    Technologies: WordPress, Pardot Forms, Divi, Bootstrap
  • WordPress Developer and Troubleshooter (via Toptal)
    2017 - 2017
    • Added a directory feature.
    • Create a shortcode mapper for the MailPoet plugin.
    • Corrected site-wide errors.
    • Fixed mail issues.
    Technologies: WordPress, MailPoet, AdRotate, SendGrid
  • WordPress Developer
    Sole Patch Men's Shop (via Toptal)
    2017 - 2017
    • Fixed the broken WooCommerce product and checkout process.
    • Implemented plugin updates in WordPress and fixed the resulting error on the pages.
    Technologies: WooCommerce, WordPress, PHP, jQuery, AJAX
  • WordPress Developer with SEO Expertise
    AssurX (via Toptal)
    2017 - 2017
    • Improved the SEO score.
    • Implemented Google's Rich Snippets on the pages.
    • Improved the site's speed.
    • Optimized the Jupiter theme to be more SEO-friendly and fast.
    • Converted the client-submitted PSD to a Child theme using the Aleb theme.
    • Optimized the Visual Composer plugin.
    Technologies: WordPress, Google Search Console
  • Advanced WordPress Developer
    Cocoa Electronics (via Toptal)
    2017 - 2017
    • Created a custom product process for WooCommerce.
    • Designed a responsive theme.
    • Created an ACH Payment Gateway plugin for WooCommerce using Stripe.
    • Designed a Zendesk theme.
    • Implemented a Zendesk SSO.
    Technologies: WooCommerce, WordPress, PHP, jQuery, Underscores Framework, SCSS, Zendesk
  • WordPress Developer (via Toptal)
    2017 - 2017
    • Made a Bootstrap-based theme.
    • Installed and configured WPML as per needs.
    • Implemented a data import.
    • Trained clients for CMS management.
    Technologies: WordPress, Bootstrap, WPML
  • WooCommerce and NetSuite Integration Expert
    Spectruss (via Toptal)
    2016 - 2017
    • Made a plugin for a partner (a commission-based user) that involved registration, affiliation, and commision handling.
    • Built a plugin to sync partner commissions and accounts on NetSuite.
    • Helped to fix WooCommerce issues.
    • Created a WordPress theme from the design provided.
    Technologies: SuiteTalk, NetSuite, SendGrid, WordPress Plugin, Bootstrap, WooCommerce
  • Senior WordPress Developer
    Docler USA, LLC (via Toptal)
    2016 - 2017
    • Made a responsive Child theme.
    • Used a SOAP API for creating a video-based feed.
    • Implemented a Video.js player with AJAX feeds.
    Technologies: WordPress, SOAP, AJAX, cURL, PHP, MySQL
  • Membership Stack Developer
    The Sterling Woods Group (via Toptal)
    2016 - 2017
    • Created a theme.
    • Made a membership plugin and full structure.
    • Implemented Optimizely.
    • Implemented Google Analytics Events Tracking.
    • Did client-training about the content and membership handling.
    Technologies: WordPress Responsive Theme Development, WooCommerce, Optimizely, GA Events, Membership
  • Senior WordPress Developer
    Calibrater Health (via Toptal)
    2016 - 2016
    • Fixed their WordPress resource usage.
    • Optimized and sped-up their site.
    • Performed a migration and host setup.
    • Checked their Apache Daemon and added tweaks as necessary.
    Technologies: WordPress, PHP, Apache
  • PHP/WordPress Developer
    Fill in the Blank (via Toptal)
    2016 - 2016
    • Made a plugin for restricted content that links up to Contact Form 7.
    • Helped improve AJAX call experiences.
    • Fixed the styling of a few items.
    • Fixed a custom-made plugin for footer content.
    Technologies: PHP, WordPress, Bootstrap, jQuery
  • Senior Web Application Developer (contract-based)
    Singh Transport Systems Ltd.
    2016 - 2016
    • Worked to get proper functional know-how of the new features they wanted in their existing application, based on WordPress.
    • Shifted their application on Pantheon and maintained version control on Bitbucket.
    • Debugged and added awesome features.
    • Implemented WP-CLI commands for data management and Cron processes for better performance.
    Technologies: PHP, WordPress, WP-CLI
  • Senior Web Engineer
    Millenium Technosoft Ltd.
    2013 - 2015
    • Created WordPress responsive themes and plugins.
    • Managed a team of 3 assistant developers.
    • Used many APIs like PayPal, Stripe, Facebook, Instagram, and other REST/SOAP based APIs.
    • Created web services for various mobile apps.
    • Managed the VPS, WP Engine, Flywheel, and Pantheon environments for setting up till management.
    • Created a soccer video uploading and sharing platform in which I made themes and plugins from scratch.
    • Developed a plugin to synchronize inventory and sales with WooCommerce and eBay stores.
    • Created WP-CLI commands for regular backups on the local directory and uploading on Dropbox.
    Technologies: WordPress, WP-CLI, PHP, REST & SOAP APIs, WooCommerce, Genesis
  • PHP Application Developer
    Millenium Technosoft Ltd.
    2012 - 2013
    • Worked on CMS like WordPress, Magento, and Joomla.
    • Started working on PHP-OOPS based programming and used the Code Igniter Framework.
    • Made a PHP application using GMAP where users can submit their complex requests to the admin and it was used by the government of Bogota.
    • Customized WordPress themes and plugins and used it as a base of other PHP applications.
    • Made a front-end dashboard for users with less privileges in WordPress.
    Technologies: PHP, WordPress, Magento, Joomla, AJAX, CodeIgniter
  • Assistant Software Developer (Administration Section)
    Carnegie Mellon University
    2009 - 2011
    • Worked on ASP-based CRM software.
    • Assisted the staff in learning how to use the software.
    • Helped in the transitioning of the software to PHP open source.
    Technologies: ASP, PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery
  • SuretySystems (Development)

    I created it all from PSD to the theme. I also customized the Avada framework as needed and managed the Google Analytics and search console.

  • Legion (Development)

    I fixed responsive issues on their existing website and styling the Pardot forms according to the theme.

  • AssurX (Development)

    I optimized the site for speed and search engine visibility.

  • Test IO | Design (Development)

    I created a responsive Bootstrap theme with the Underscores framework.

  • HPE Service Blog | Design (Development)

    I created a responsive blog theme with AJAX support.

  • Sterling Woods Group | Design (Development)

    I created a WordPress theme with a responsive layout.

  • Party Like a Vegan | Design (Development)

    I customized a responsive theme as according to the designs in the PSDs given.

  • Bisura (Development)

    I created a responsive WordPress theme, made a car classified system within the theme, and also developed a detailed, layered-based search form.

  • Multifuse: White-label Digital Marketing Partner (Other amazing things)

    I created the theme and the third-party plugin which uses WooCommerce and makes bundle products of SEO packages dynamically and also calculates the delivery time—based on the data, services, and options the user has selected.

  • TrueSides: All You Need to Know (Development)

    TrueSides is a leading source to stay up to date with the latest news, reviews/analysis, and about stuff that matters for the social generation.

    I created a magazine based WordPress theme and a very elegant gallery to be used on articles with Google AdSense advertisements.

  • The Bathroom Factory (Other amazing things)

    I made the whole site which comprises of theme development and plugins (eBay and WooCommerce synchronization for inventory and orders).

  • Littlemico Copenhagen (Development)

    I created an eCommerce platform template. It has a feature where users can enter their custom text over a product and they can see it virtually on the product before purchasing.

  • Crowd Funding Exposure (Development)

    I created the theme for the site and a plugin for selling and managing the services they offer.

  • Text to Speech Dictionaries | Read Clearly Dictionaries (Development)

    I created a full-text search based plugin which gives out results for the perfect pronunciation of English words in different accents. In the back-end, it crawls another website regularly and updates its database with Cron jobs.

  • Don't Hate WordPress: 5 Common Biases Debunked (Publication)
    Today, WordPress covers more than 50 percent of website shares and serves nearly 60 million websites worldwide. Its popularity has resulted in many misconceptions that have grown and spread like a forest fire, and have made people stay away from WordPress. In this post, Toptal Software Engineer Donald Mudenge explains the five most common WordPress taboos and myths, clarifies them, and offers solutions on how to overcome them.
  • Languages
    PHP, SQL, CSS, JavaScript
  • Tools
    WP-CLI, GitHub
  • Platforms
    WordPress, WooCommerce, Linux, Mac OS, WordPress Theme Design, Pantheon
  • Frameworks
    Bootstrap, Divi
  • Libraries/APIs
    jQuery, REST API
  • Misc
    WordPress Themes, WordPress Plugins, WPEngine, Responsive Web Design (RWD)
  • Master's degree in Computer Science
    Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda - Kigali, Rwanda
    2007 - 2009
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science
    Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda - Kigali, Rwanda
    2004 - 2007
  • High school diploma in Commerce
    Lycée de Kigali - Kigali, Rwanda
    2002 - 2004
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