Emre Erkan, Developer in Istanbul, Turkey
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Emre Erkan

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WordPress Developer

Istanbul, Turkey
Toptal Member Since
January 19, 2022

Emre is a WordPress expert and a polyglot programmer from Istanbul, Turkey. He's passionate about web development and WordPress and hones his skills around it. He has experience in front-end development, creating WordPress themes using Photoshop, Sketch, and Figma design files, WordPress website optimization (PageSpeed and technical SEO), migration to and from WordPress, and custom plugins development. Emre's clients can expect top-notch results from him.


Ada Digital Agency
PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, .NET, C#, WordPress, Plugin Development...
PHP, CSS, HTML, JavaScript, MySQL, Zend Framework, Hibernate, Doctrine...
Doğuş Media Group
C#, .NET, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, ASP.NET MVC, Microsoft SQL Server...




Preferred Environment

Visual Studio Code (VS Code), WordPress, PSD to WordPress, Figma, PHP, CSS, HTML, JavaScript, WordPress Themes, WordPress Plugins, Git, Linux, Cloudflare, Web Development, Pixel Perfect, Mobile Ready, Elementor, GitHub, CI/CD Pipelines

The most amazing...

...thing I've developed is a portal while doing my military duties. Managed infrastructure and design and crafted the best solution. It was used for a decade.

Work Experience


2015 - PRESENT
Ada Digital Agency
  • Created over 30 custom themes for customers with front-end development and migration if needed.
  • Developed plugins for special needs and integrated with third-party services with custom solutions.
  • Maintained over 20 websites monthly and consulted and assisted development needs.
Technologies: PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, .NET, C#, WordPress, Plugin Development, Theme Development, Joomla 3, Figma, PSD to WordPress, MacOS, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), Gutenberg Editor, HTML5, CSS3, Lottie, WP Engine, Web Host Manager (WHM), cPanel, Plesk, WordPress Design, Yoast SEO, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon Simple Email Service (SES), Amazon S3 (AWS S3), Amazon EC2, MariaDB, Elementor, FileZilla, Payment APIs, WordPress API, Plugins, Responsive UI, Git, Hosting, Gravity Forms, Bootstrap, jQuery, WPMU DEV, Stripe, WP Rocket, Linux, Cloudflare, Web Design, Page Speed Optimization, Contact Form 7, Google Analytics, Web Development, Technical Leadership, Theme Customization, Custom Themes, Pixel Perfect, Mobile Ready, WordPress SEO, MySQL, GitHub, WordPress Plugins, OpenAI GPT-4 API, APIs, CI/CD Pipelines


2012 - 2015
  • Developed over 70 Facebook applications for customers with my team.
  • Managed a team of seven people. Oversaw and mentored them to create pixel perfect solutions for customers.
  • Created more than 35 websites, three eCommerce websites, and one integration project for the energy sector.
Technologies: PHP, CSS, HTML, JavaScript, MySQL, Zend Framework, Hibernate, Doctrine, Video Encoding, Shell Scripting, FileZilla, Responsive UI, Git, Hosting, Bootstrap, jQuery, Web Design, Page Speed Optimization, Contact Form 7, Google Analytics, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Web Development, Technical Leadership, Theme Customization, Custom Themes, Pixel Perfect, Mobile Ready, GitHub, Basecamp

Senior Web and Solution Developer

2008 - 2012
Doğuş Media Group
  • Enhanced the new infrastructure of former ntvmsnbc.com, one of the biggest news portals in Turkey, currently called ntv.com.tr.
  • Developed a new video gallery for ntvmsnbc.com and seamlessly integrated it with the website.
  • Developed the front end of oley.com and cnbce.com websites.
  • Developed and maintained services and microsites, among others.
Technologies: C#, .NET, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, ASP.NET MVC, Microsoft SQL Server, Responsive UI, jQuery, Web Design, Google Analytics, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Web Development, Technical Leadership

Solution Developer

2007 - 2008
  • Developed a new call management software for consumer services.
  • Created a custom report viewer software for consumer services.
  • Elaborated a survey planning tool for call centers to distribute jobs to agents fairly and efficiently.
Technologies: Windows Forms (WinForms), C#, Microsoft Report Viewer, .NET, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Infragistics

Software Developer

2006 - 2007
Turkish Navy
  • Developed a portal-like software called Personel Bilgi Sistemi (PBS), Personal Information System.
  • Created and documented the multitier infrastructure and codebase for future use.
  • Designed and developed the portal's front end, similar to a progressive web app.
Technologies: .NET 2, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Oracle PL/SQL, C#

Web Developer

2005 - 2005
  • Managed visual design and infrastructure of the new company's website and intranet site.
  • Developed effective communication between internet and intranet sites.
  • Maintained and developed a Windows form application.
Technologies: PHP, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Microsoft SQL Server, Windows Forms (WinForms)

UserGuiding Website Renewal

The client wanted to renew their website to reflect their new identity.

My team and I developed the front end and WordPress theme. We worked closely with a design agency and guided them in some areas to create both appealing and easily implementable solutions.

We also migrated from the old site. We successfully migrated everything to the new site without any data and SEO rank loss.

Sixfab Website Renewal

The client wanted to renew their website. The design agency provided the Figma project, and I created a custom theme for Sixfab. I did all of the front-end and theme development.

The resulting theme is fully customizable. Nothing is hardcoded. I used the new block editor as the primary editor and extended the customizer for theme options, so they don't need any page builder plugins.

UK Website for MediaCat Magazine

The client wanted to build a new website for MediaCat Magazine in the UK. There were two other parties; a design agency and a front-end developer.

As a WordPress developer, I developed a theme with the provided front-end package.
1998 - 2006

Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering

Kocaeli University - Kocaeli, Turkey


WordPress API, jQuery, Doctrine, Stripe, Windows Forms (WinForms), Infragistics


Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), FileZilla, Git, GitHub, Figma, Gutenberg Editor, Google Analytics, Basecamp, Microsoft Report Viewer, Plesk, Amazon Simple Email Service (SES)


Bootstrap, Zend Framework, .NET 2, .NET, ASP.NET MVC, Hibernate


PHP, CSS, HTML, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, Sass, C#


Responsive Web Design (RWD), Hosting, Search Engine Optimization (SEO)


Visual Studio Code (VS Code), WordPress, WooCommerce, Linux, MacOS, Joomla 3, cPanel, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon EC2

Industry Expertise

Web Design


MySQL, MariaDB, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle PL/SQL, WP Engine, Amazon S3 (AWS S3)


PSD to WordPress, Plugin Development, Theme Development, WordPress Themes, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Design, Yoast SEO, Elementor, Plugins, Responsive UI, Page Speed Optimization, Contact Form 7, Web Development, Technical Leadership, Theme Customization, Custom Themes, Pixel Perfect, Mobile Ready, APIs, Payment APIs, Gravity Forms, WPMU DEV, WP Rocket, Cloudflare, WordPress SEO, CI/CD Pipelines, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Video Encoding, Shell Scripting, Migration, Lottie, Web Host Manager (WHM), OpenAI GPT-4 API

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