Michael Houghton, Technical Project Management Developer in Limerick, Ireland
Michael Houghton

Technical Project Management Developer in Limerick, Ireland

Member since March 6, 2014
Michael is a back-end developer with sixteen years of experience. He brings a great balance of technical and business expertise to the table. His framework of choice is Laravel and he is an experienced software engineer. Michael has worked on large-scale back-end projects, including large accounting software systems, eCommerce websites, and large order management systems.
Michael is now available for hire




Limerick, Ireland



Preferred Environment

Sublime Text, Git, MySQL, PHP, Ubuntu

The most amazing...

...thing I've done is implement Laravel into an existing vanilla PHP application, allowing Laravel to be used as a wrapper within the existing code.


  • Senior PHP Software Engineer

    2014 - PRESENT
    Toptal Clients
    • Contributed to the development of projects for clients based all around the world.
    • Helped build online order systems for the restaurant industry.
    • Assisted in the creation of advanced back-end systems for Toptal clients.
    Technologies: CSS, HTML, MySQL, PHP, CakePHP, Laravel
  • Founder and Lead Developer

    2012 - PRESENT
    Innosoft, Ltd.
    • Founded Innosoft, a web development services company.
    • Provided web development services, especially using the Laravel web framework.
    • Took a rapid development approach to web development and provided innovative solutions to often complex IT challenges.
    • Acted as the lead developer for projects, working with and managing other developers.
    Technologies: CSS, HTML, MySQL, PHP, Laravel
  • Senior PHP Developer

    2011 - 2014
    • Joined the team at Ixian, a large New Zealand-based digital agency.
    • Developed hundreds of websites, mostly using CakePHP.
    • Built custom CMS systems and eCommerce platforms for clients based all over the world.
    Technologies: CSS, HTML, MySQL, PHP, CakePHP
  • Lead Developer and Founder

    2008 - 2010
    Feisty Sites
    • Wrote the first mass-distributed penny auction script.
    • Sold licenses for the software to hundreds of entrepreneurs all around the world.
    • Sold the software to a large UK-based software company.
    • Led and managed a team of four remote developers based in multiple time zones.
    Technologies: CSS, HTML, MySQL, CakePHP, PHP
  • Lead Developer

    2006 - 2007
    • Led the development of ActionCOACH, an international business-coaching company, developing a community-based website using PHP, MySQL, and Zend Framework.
    • Managed a team of five developers in Brisbane, Australia, and facilitated communication with the Las Vegas head office.
    • Helped build a community website for their members to communicate and help manage sales.
    Technologies: CSS, HTML, MySQL, Zend Framework, PHP
  • Founder and Lead Developer

    2004 - 2006
    Elive Limited
    • Founded Elive as a company with two business partners.
    • Helped guide Elive to its current status as one of New Zealand's largest online stores.
    • Continued to support the business even after leaving as an active director by providing web development expertise.
    Technologies: CSS, HTML, MySQL, Laravel, PHP


  • Elive

    One of New Zealand's largest eCommerce websites selling IT related products. The website lists thousands of products online and handles hundreds of orders per week.
    The website was originally built in 2004 and has evolved and improved over time.

  • Sustainifi

    I helped develop an environmental accountancy system from the ground up over a three-month period in 2019. I lead a team of four developers and we conducted 12 sprints over 12 weeks. The project was delivered on time and within budget. The company was short-listed for investment from Y-Combinator in 2020.

  • Altra

    Helped develop unique features for a communication platform for Irish nursing homes that helps managers organize shifts for their employees. Worked within a scrum environment with other developers building many features, including an SMS notifications system within the software, which sends and receives SMS messages automatically.

  • Gladwin Brothers

    I built and managed five different websites for a London-based restaurant group. As part of the development, I built software allowing their customers to reserve tables and order delivery. During COVID-19, I helped build click-and-collect software for the restaurants to stay open during a challenging time.

    I also built a booking engine using Vue.js.

  • NZ Protein

    I helped develop the first version of the website in 2011 and recently helped upgrade and convert the NZ Protein website from CakePHP to Laravel. I Developed an advanced management system for the company to handle and process hundreds of orders per week.

  • Mclowd

    I joined the Mclowd team in 2017 and originally implemented a wrapper solution to migrate their existing vanilla PHP code base to Laravel. Since then, I have helped with hundreds of features enabling the company to boost revenue.

  • Buggy CakePHP Code: The 6 Most Common Mistakes CakePHP Developers Make (Publication)
    CakePHP is an amazing PHP framework, but it has a steep learning curve! It requires a good amount of research and training to become an expert. This article describes few bad practices when writing a CakePHP code, and proposes the correct approach to avoid them.
  • My CakePHP 3 Review – Still Fresh, Still Hot (Publication)
    The Cake development team considers CakePHP 3 to be a game changer. With the alpha version of CakePHP 3 now hot out of the oven, this article takes a fresh look at CakePHP as an effective modern framework for PHP development.


  • Languages

    HTML5, PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript
  • Frameworks

    Laravel, Bootstrap, Zend Framework, CakePHP
  • Libraries/APIs

    LinkedIn API, Stripe, jQuery, Dropbox API, PayPal API, Facebook API, Campaign Monitor API, Vue.js, Vue.js 2, Infusionsoft API, Amazon API, eBay API
  • Tools

    Sublime Text 2, GitHub, Basecamp, Bitbucket, Git, Eclipse IDE, Xibo, Sublime Text
  • Paradigms

    Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Agile Software Development, Scrum, Unit Testing
  • Platforms

    Ubuntu, Linux
  • Industry Expertise

    Project Management
  • Storage

    MySQL, PostgreSQL
  • Other

    Laravel Livewire, Technical Project Management, Mailchimp API


  • Bachelor of Commerce degree in Business Management
    2003 - 2005
    University of Auckland - Auckland, New Zealand

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