Gabriel Livan

Gabriel Livan

London, United Kingdom
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Gabriel Livan

Gabriel Livan

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.
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Portfolio
Experience
  • PHP, 10 years
  • HTML, 10 years
  • WordPress, 7 years
  • CSS3, 5 years
  • jQuery, 4 years
  • WooCommerce, 4 years
  • WordPress Plugins, 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
    Freelance
    2003 - PRESENT
    • Developed and contributed to PHP projects as well as WordPress themes and plugins.
    Technologies: PHP, WordPress, HTML, CSS
  • Full-stack Web Developer
    Host Europe Group
    2016 - 2017
    • Developed 123 Reg website.
    Technologies: PHP, MySQL, WordPress, JavaScript, Sass, jQuery
  • WordPress Developer
    Merchant Cantos
    2015 - 2016
    • 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
    Web Plunder, Ltd.
    2015 - 2015
    • 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
    Active WebDezign
    2014 - 2014
    • 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, CSS, CSS3, HTML, HTML5, JavaScript
  • Platforms
    WordPress, WooCommerce
  • Misc
    PSD to WordPress, WordPress Plugins, AJAX
  • Frameworks
    WordPress Multisite
  • Libraries/APIs
    WordPress API, WooCommerce API, jQuery UI, jQuery
  • Tools
    GitHub, Git
  • Storage
    MySQL
Education
  • Master's degree in Computer Science
    A.I. Cuza University - Iasi
    2009 - 2011
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