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Gabriel Livan, PHP Developer in London, United Kingdom
Gabriel Livan

PHP Developer in London, United Kingdom

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.
Gabriel is now available for hire

Portfolio

Experience

  • PHP, 10 years
  • HTML, 10 years
  • WordPress, 7 years
  • CSS3, 5 years
  • WooCommerce, 4 years
  • WordPress Plugins, 4 years
  • jQuery, 4 years
  • Git, 2 years
London, United Kingdom

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

PhpStorm, SourceTree

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.

Employment

  • Web Developer

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

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

    2014 - 2014
    Active WebDezign
    • Developed WordPress features, doing updates on existing themes.
    Technologies: PHP, WordPress, HTML, CSS

Experience

  • 123 Reg (Development)
    https://www.123-reg.co.uk/

    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 (Development)
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/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 (Development)
    https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/eventappi-lite/

    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 (Development)
    https://www.ajaxformpro.com/

    A PHP script and WordPress plugin to create slick and mobile-friendly contact forms. The product was discontinued at the end of 2016.

  • The 12 Worst Mistakes Advanced WordPress Developers Make (Publication)
    WordPress is a very popular way to get a site up and running quickly. However, in their haste, plenty of developers end up making horrible decisions. Some mistakes, like leaving WP_DEBUG set to "true," may be easy to make. Others, like lumping all your JavaScript into a single file, are as common as lazy engineers. Whichever mistake you manage to make, read on to find out the 12 most common WordPress mistakes that new and seasoned developers make.
  • Gabriel 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. Gabriel 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.

Skills

  • Languages

    PHP, HTML, CSS, CSS3, JavaScript, HTML5
  • Platforms

    WordPress, WooCommerce
  • Other

    WordPress Plugins, PSD to WordPress, AJAX
  • Frameworks

    WordPress Multisite
  • Libraries/APIs

    jQuery, jQuery UI, WordPress API, WooCommerce API
  • Tools

    Git, GitHub
  • Storage

    MySQL

Education

  • Master's degree in Computer Science
    2009 - 2011
    A.I. Cuza University - Iasi
Certifications
  • Certified Codeable Expert Developer
    MAY 2017 - PRESENT
    Codeable
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