Gabriel Livan, Developer in London, United Kingdom

Gabriel Livan

PHP Developer

London, United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since
October 9, 2016

Gabriel is a full-stack web developer based in London with over seven years of experience in PHP and WordPress development (plugins and themes). He deeply understands how important coding standards are and how to write scalable yet easy to update code that will last for a long time. One of his favorite tasks in web development is making a website load faster, allowing it to reap all the benefits therein.

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CSS, HTML, WordPress, PHP
Host Europe Group
jQuery, Sass, JavaScript, WordPress, MySQL, PHP
Merchant Cantos
CSS, HTML, PHP, WordPress


London, United Kingdom



Preferred Environment

SourceTree, PhpStorm

The most amazing...

...thing I've built is a complex, modular, OOP-based, and easy to update WordPress theme that uses TWIG as a template to separate the logic from the PHP code.

Work Experience

2003 - PRESENT

Web Developer

  • Developed and contributed to PHP projects as well as WordPress themes and plugins.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, WordPress, PHP
2016 - 2017

Full-stack Web Developer

Host Europe Group
  • Developed 123 Reg website.
Technologies: jQuery, Sass, JavaScript, WordPress, MySQL, PHP
2015 - 2016

WordPress Developer

Merchant Cantos
  • Updated WordPress themes and made sure that websites are multi-language.
  • Created WordPress plugins used in the websites developed by the team.
  • Improved PHP code used on website transfers (e.g., from dev to staging).
Technologies: CSS, HTML, PHP, WordPress
2015 - 2015

WordPress Developer

Web Plunder, Ltd.
  • Led the development of EventAppi, a WordPress plugin.
  • Improved the existing plugin using OOP, separating the logic from the design and making sure that the plugin is developer friendly and easily integrated with extension plugins.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, WordPress, PHP
2014 - 2014

Web Developer

Active WebDezign
  • Developed WordPress features, doing updates on existing themes.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, WordPress, PHP


123 Reg
I developed the new 123 Reg website for Britain's biggest hosting company (UK's largest domain registrar), front-end and back-end from scratch. I separated the logic from the design, by using an MVC approach (in this project, HTML was separated from PHP for easier management). TWIG is the template engine that was implemented for the HTML code management.

WP Asset Clean Up
Make your website load faster by preventing specific scripts and styles from loading on pages/posts and the home page.

EventAppi Events WordPress Plugin
I was the Team Leader for the development of EventAppi, a professional and scalable WordPress Plugin used to manage events and tickets. OOP, MVC, and Namespaces are some of the things we applied to the project for all versions: Lite, Developer, and Enterprise. We separated the logic from the design (PHP code is separated from HTML) and the code is made following the PSR2 coding style guide.

AJAX Form Pro

A PHP script and WordPress plugin to create slick and mobile-friendly contact forms. The product was discontinued at the end of 2016.
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CSS3, CSS, PHP, HTML, JavaScript, HTML5, Sass


WordPress, WooCommerce


WordPress Plugins, PSD to WordPress, Ajax, WordPress Multisite


WooCommerce API, jQuery, WordPress API, jQuery UI


Git, GitHub, PhpStorm, SourceTree




2009 - 2011

Master's Degree in Computer Science

A.I. Cuza University - Iasi



Certified Codeable Expert Developer