Ionuț Staicu, Developer in Constanța, Constanța County, Romania
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Ionuț Staicu

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SOLID Principles Developer

Constanța, Constanța County, Romania
Toptal Member Since
March 1, 2019

Passionate about everything development-related, Ionuț has been a professional developer since 2006. Throughout his career, Ionuț has accumulated expertise in various languages and technologies, including SCSS, PHP, JavaScript, OOP, and SOLID principles.


aLookingGlass Limited
PHP, JavaScript, Linux, NGINX, HTTP Server, Ansible, WordPress Themes...
WP Tutoring
PHP, Vue, Backbone.js, WordPress, WordPress Plugins, WordPress REST API...
Test-driven Development (TDD), Object-oriented Programming (OOP), WordPress...




Preferred Environment

Git, PhpStorm

The most amazing...

...thing I've built is a system that makes searching tens of thousands of documents a breeze by parsing PDFs and sending the content to an Elasticsearch instance.

Work Experience

Web Developer

2020 - PRESENT
aLookingGlass Limited
  • Configured servers and gathered all the company's sites, which decreased the company costs by up to 80% every year.
  • Streamlined deployments, which now are an automated, one-click process.
  • Implemented redesigned layouts that match the current company direction.
  • Implemented public advertisements and banner reporting functionality.
Technologies: PHP, JavaScript, Linux, NGINX, HTTP Server, Ansible, WordPress Themes, Page Speed Optimization, Front-end Development, Web Development

PHP Developer

2020 - PRESENT
WP Tutoring
  • Developed a solution that integrates Apache Tika with Elastic Search (Swiftype App Search) to easily find content within tens of thousands of documents.
  • Set up scripts to streamline the deployment process.
  • Developed integration with Algolia that allows users to search for media items.
Technologies: PHP, Vue, Backbone.js, WordPress, WordPress Plugins, WordPress REST API, Pantheon, WP Engine, Elastic, Algolia, WordPress Themes, Page Speed Optimization, Front-end Development, Web Development

Web Developer

2009 - PRESENT
  • Set up custom Git and CI integration to automatically assure high code quality.
  • Built mobile application using hybrid technologies like Cordova and PhoneGap.
  • Built custom WordPress plugins that assured integration with external services (e.g. Salesforce, YouTube).
  • Developed complex solutions on both the front end and back end, mostly with WordPress.
  • Wrote clean and efficient JavaScript, PHP, and SCSS code.
Technologies: Test-driven Development (TDD), Object-oriented Programming (OOP), WordPress, JavaScript, PHP, WordPress Themes, Elementor, Page Speed Optimization, Front-end Development, Web Development

Web Developer

2008 - 2020
Fabvla Inc.
  • Streamlined deployment of applications to live servers.
  • Built custom WordPress plugins and custom WordPress themes.
  • Migrated custom CMS databases to WordPress by reverse-engineering the old DB structure.
  • Built custom REST endpoints for mobile applications.
  • Wrote a PhoneGap app for Android, iOS, and Windows mobile. The whole app was built using TDD methodology.
Technologies: WPML, Test-driven Development (TDD), Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Backbone.js, WordPress, JavaScript, CSS, PHP, Git, Bootstrap UI, WordPress Themes, Elementor, Page Speed Optimization, Front-end Development, Web Development

Handlebar for WordPress
I always focus on code quality, and usually mixing PHP and HTML is not a good idea.

Therefore, I've created a wrapper that will allow complete separation of the two responsibilities.

Clean PHP, clean HTML for all!

Jubiter Blog

A corporate WordPress blog with basic publishing functionality.

My responsibilities included implementing Sketch designs into WordPress, migrating data from a non-WP CMS, and managing an automatic deploy method.

Audrie & Daisy Movie Site (Client: IID)
Audrie & Daisy is a real-life drama movie about two teenage girls that were sexually assaulted and the impact of this event on their friends and families.

The theme was created from client's designs and fine-tuned to match the expected functionality.

Foundation Cini (Client: Fabvla)
I developed both a REST API for a mobile app, the whole front-end and focused on a user-friendly back-end. All the content is manageable via WP.

Besides that, I migrated the old DB (custom CMS) to WordPress.

Technologies used: Handlebars, ES6, REST API, Carbon Fields, WPML

Fondazione Benetton (Client: Fabvla)
On Benetton Foundation I've implemented designs into site, developed REST API endpoints for a mobile app, developed custom ACF Fields and migrated old DB (custom CMS) to WordPress.

Plugins & Technologies used: WPML, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), Handlebars

WP Plugin: Page Siblings
A small admin widget that will display all siblings of a page. Super useful on medium-to-large sites, when there is a hierarchy with several pages on the same level.

Marius Cucu' Blog
A WordPress restyling that involved color uniformization, a couple of custom Gutenberg blocks, and a dark mode while focusing on performance. At the moment of release, the Lighthouse score was over 95 points.

Felder Gruppe
Felder is a manufacturer of wood-working machinery. The site is a combination of a presentation site, a portfolio and a collection of success stories from Felder clients.

My job was to implement PSD designs into WordPress while taking care of maintaining an easy to use admin UI. I also took care of creating a multi-environment setup for Live and Staging, to allow editors to manage content and test new features in a private area while deploying automatically to Live servers when changes are approved.

Alexandrian Witchcraft
As a WordPress developer, I was in charge of making the site responsive, integrating with Algolia, MapBoxGL, Woo Commerce, Dokan (although these last two launches were delayed), tweaking Buddy Press to match the look and feel of the site.

Additionally, I took care of moving the site to a freshly configured server, setting up automatic backups and streamlined the update process.


jQuery, WordPress API, Facebook API, WordPress REST API, React, Backbone.js, Google APIs, BuddyPress, Vue


Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), Git, WPML, GitHub, PhpStorm, Sublime Text, Vim Text Editor, Grunt, Gulp, NGINX, Elastic, Ansible


CSS, SCSS, HTML, PHP, Sass, JavaScript, Timber


Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Responsive Web Design (RWD), Responsive Layout, Responsive Development, REST, Object-relational Mapping (ORM), Test-driven Development (TDD)


WordPress, WooCommerce, DigitalOcean, Linux, Pantheon, Algolia, Docker


MySQL, WP Engine


ZURB Foundation, Twig, Genesis Framework, Laravel, Lumen, PHPUnit, Next.js


Elementor, Responsive Design, Responsive UI, Plugins, Page Speed Optimization, Front-end Development, Web Development, SOLID Principles, OOP Designs, Bootstrap UI, Servers, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Themes, Dokan, HTTP Server, Design

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