Joshua Stopper, WordPress Developer in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Joshua Stopper

WordPress Developer in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Member since September 21, 2020
Joshua is a seasoned and resourceful lead developer experienced in digesting client requirements, developing solutions, and building and managing teams. He loves solving problems in a performant, sustainable, and efficient manner. Joshua is highly proficient in developing tailored WordPress solutions via custom themes and plugins, and has delivered countless WordPress upgrades and projects across industries.
Joshua is now available for hire


  • Wholegrain Digital
    serverpilot, DigitalOcean, Cloudways, Kinsta, Flywheel, WP Engine...
  • Sense Advertising
    WordPress Multisite, WPML, Gravity Forms, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF)...


  • PHP 12 years
  • HTML 12 years
  • Git 10 years
  • JavaScript 10 years
  • WordPress 7 years
  • SCSS 7 years
  • Gravity Forms 7 years
  • Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) 7 years


Melbourne, Victoria, Australia



Preferred Environment

Laravel Valet, Slack, Adobe CC, Node.js, Sublime Text 3, WordPress, MacOS

The most amazing...

...project I have worked on is the Website Carbon Calculator by Wholegrain Digital, which calculates the carbon emissions for a given URL.


  • Lead Developer

    2017 - PRESENT
    Wholegrain Digital
    • Led the development of the website carbon calculator, which reports on the carbon emissions generated when visiting a URL. The report demonstrates examples of the emissions in terms that are relevant to everyday life.
    • Migrated more than 130,000 pieces of content in four languages to WordPress from a legacy CMS, including images, embeds, and relationships between content. In addition, created redirects when old URLs were no longer in use to the new URLs.
    • Developed a website analyzing 65,000,000 data points to generate statistics on property estate agents. The statistics included "average price," "average listing time," "average agent fee," and "amount of properties available."
    • Implemented a CI/CD process by which all development work is tested in multiple environments and approved by relevant parties before being deployed to a production website.
    • Led the development, documentation, and research of technical solutions and standards.
    • Recruited, inducted, managed, and mentored senior and junior developers.
    Technologies: serverpilot, DigitalOcean, Cloudways, Kinsta, Flywheel, WP Engine, WordPress Multisite, WPML, Gravity Forms, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), Mailchimp, Subversion (SVN), Adobe CC, DeployHQ, Git, Composer, InVision, Sketch, Basecamp, Webpack, Node.js, SCSS, CSS, HTML, JavaScript, PHP, WordPress
  • Senior Developer

    2014 - 2017
    Sense Advertising
    • Developed over 40 custom pixel-perfect WordPress themes, many of which are still active today.
    • Maintained over 70 WordPress sites on a monthly basis.
    • Migrated over 40 websites from a legacy-dedicated server to managed hosting.
    Technologies: WordPress Multisite, WPML, Gravity Forms, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), Campaign Monitoring, Mailchimp, WordPress, PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, SCSS, Node.js, Gulp, Webpack, Composer, Git, Adobe CC


  • Retail Marketing Group

    A custom WordPress theme was developed to replace the client's previous website. I worked with a designer and project manager to craft the design and developed all parts of the custom theme, including the front end and back end.

    The site makes use of the WordPress Gutenberg editor with custom blocks developed and custom post types to improve, clarify, and ease the content entry process. Additionally, there is an API integration with a third-party job platform for showing jobs on the site.

  • Blueprint Information Security

    Launched in July 2019, with design by Sari Hodriker, the latest version of the Blueprint Information Security is a visually engaging interpretation of the previous site.

    Build using WordPress, with tried and true flexible content blocks from advanced custom fields for content entry. Building on top of the open-source starter theme Stratum, the website is a custom build matching the design and brand guidelines, with best practices and performance. I developed all parts of the website, including the front end and back end.

  • Vincent Casey

    Working on several projects together at Sense Advertising and in a freelance capacity, Vincent Casey and I designed and developed his portfolio to house and show off his best work. Launched in 2015, the design features a timeless, minimalist styling that has only had a single change of a font refresh since.

    Build with WordPress and a bespoke theme, the folio pieces feature a custom gallery with thirteen different layout options. I developed all parts of the website, including the front end and back end.

  • Website Carbon for WordPress

    Website Carbon for WordPress is a WordPress plugin that connects to the Website Carbon API to measure the carbon emissions of all the pages, posts (and posts in custom post types) available on your WordPress site.

    The plugin is designed to raise awareness of the impact that your site as a whole is having on the internet, as raising awareness and monitoring is the only means by which improvements can be made.

    I developed the WordPress plugin and was the lead developer on the Website Carbon API project during my time at Wholegrain Digital.

  • Gravity Forms Light

    Gravity forms light is a WordPress plugin and composer library that integrates with the Gravity Forms plugin to produce a lightweight yet powerful form plugin for WordPress. Gravity Forms Light rewrites the logic that produces the form for a minimalist output, and along the way adds in a few extra features. Want to use Bootstrap or Foundation markup with your Gravity Form? Gravity Forms Light is for you.

    While it doesn’t support every feature of Gravity Forms, such as multi-page forms, it does support the core fields required for the majority of forms out there. I developed all parts of the plugin and open-sourced the plugin for all to use.


  • Languages

    CSS, HTML, SCSS, JavaScript, PHP
  • Tools

    Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), Gulp, Sublime Text 3, Adobe CC, Slack, Composer, Git, WPML, Webpack, Basecamp, Sketch, InVision, Subversion (SVN), Mailchimp
  • Platforms

    WordPress, MacOS, DeployHQ, DigitalOcean
  • Storage

    WP Engine, Cloudways, MySQL
  • Other

    Web Development, Gravity Forms, WordPress Multisite, Flywheel, Kinsta, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Themes, serverpilot, Campaign Monitoring, APIs, Open Source, Laravel Valet
  • Libraries/APIs

  • Paradigms

    Database Design


  • Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology Degree in Network Design and Security
    2011 - 2013
    Swinburne University of Technology - Melbourne, Victoria
  • Multimedia Certificate (Level IV) in Information Technology
    2009 - 2010
    Swinburne University of Technology - Melbourne, Victoria

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