Gabriel Livan, Developer in London, United Kingdom
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Gabriel Livan

Verified Expert  in Engineering

PHP Developer

London, United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since
November 4, 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.



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

Web Developer

2003 - PRESENT
  • Developed and contributed to PHP projects as well as WordPress themes and plugins.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, WordPress, PHP

Full-stack Web Developer

2016 - 2017
Host Europe Group
  • Developed 123 Reg website.
Technologies: jQuery, Sass, JavaScript, WordPress, MySQL, PHP

WordPress Developer

2015 - 2016
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

WordPress Developer

2015 - 2015
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

Web Developer

2014 - 2014
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.
2009 - 2011

Master's Degree in Computer Science

A.I. Cuza University - Iasi


Certified Codeable Expert Developer



WooCommerce API, jQuery, WordPress API, jQuery UI


Git, GitHub, PhpStorm, SourceTree


WordPress, WooCommerce


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




WordPress Plugins, PSD to WordPress, Ajax, WordPress Multisite

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