Nick Davis, Developer in Bishop's Stortford, United Kingdom
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Nick Davis

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HTML to WordPress Developer

Bishop's Stortford, United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since
February 7, 2017

Nick is a friendly and experienced WordPress developer and consultant who solves business problems with clean, quality code and clear communication. He launched his first website in 1997 and has previously run a large team of website developers and designers in Dubai. After discovering WordPress in 2010, he started freelancing, delivering custom websites for clients all over the world.


eSanctuary Sagl
MySQL, jQuery, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, PHP, WordPress
Escenic CMS, iOS, WordPress, PHP
Email Marketing, Content Management Systems (CMS)




Preferred Environment

GitHub, Git, PhpStorm

The most amazing...

...thing I've coded is a large custom database of doctors featuring related classifications of conditions, specialties, and services, all on WordPress.

Work Experience

WordPress Developer and Consultant

2010 - PRESENT
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  • Built custom WordPress websites and plugins for clients all over the world.
  • Specialized first in Photoshop (PSD) to WordPress website conversions and offered WordPress development and consulting services.
  • Skilled in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript conversions of front-end designs to WordPress themes.
  • Specialized in the Genesis framework for WordPress and wrote an email newsletter about Genesis, which reaches hundreds of subscribers every week.
  • Extended and created plugins from scratch to achieve almost any desired functionality using WordPress as a platform.
  • Advised clients regularly on making the best technology choices, including how and when to use WordPress, to meet their business goals.
Technologies: MySQL, jQuery, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, PHP, WordPress

Head of Online Development

2008 - 2010
  • Oversaw the implementation and continual improvement of all web and mobile activities for the largest publishing group in the Middle East.
  • Delivered 30+ websites with over 10 million page impressions a month and total annual turnover of several million US dollars.
  • Delivered comprehensive mobile strategy, including two iPhone apps.
  • Managed a team of over 25 web developers, designers, and production staff.
  • Worked with multiple content management systems, including Escenic and WordPress.
Technologies: Escenic CMS, iOS, WordPress, PHP

Communications Manager

2006 - 2008
  • Worked in the communications department of the UK’s third busiest airport, frequently in the media spotlight for its extensive growth plans.
  • Handled website and email messaging for Stansted Airport.
  • Worked with colleagues across the airport, the BAA group, and external agencies to deliver multiple complex stakeholder projects to tight deadlines. Briefed and managed design agencies, printers, and others.
  • Produced and edited a range of printed publications including planning proposals, consultation documents, and community newsletters.
  • Launched a monthly email newsletter for Stansted’s business audience.
  • Managed the communications department budget for website and email.
Technologies: Email Marketing, Content Management Systems (CMS)

Web Developer

2002 - 2006
  • Contributed to the digital infrastructure of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the world’s fastest growing accountancy body with 500,000 students and members worldwide.
  • Split work between editorial, technical, and project-based roles on an award-winning website that reaches over 1,000,000 people every month.
  • Managed key projects, including a re-launch of all ACCA’s national websites, introduction of site-wide statistics reports and analysis, and launch of a range of monthly e-newsletters to over 400,000 people.
  • Selected, generated, and wrote articles, setting editorial agendas and producing content for both internet and intranet websites.
Technologies: CSS, HTML

Freelance Editor

2001 - 2001
  • Produced content for the corporate intranet, which is read in stores and across the company.

Freelance Journalist

2001 - 2001
ITV Digital
  • Worked on the sports section of their interactive TV platform, writing stories/features and supervising discussion forums.

Content Manager

2000 - 2001
Carlton Television
  • Managed and made daily updates to the homepage.
  • Worked with the editorial team and ensured selection of the most compelling and timely content to maximize traffic across the website.
  • Managed the Astrology channel, increasing page impressions/revenue. Developed interactive quizzes, SMS, and premium rate phone services. Assumed editorial responsibility for the ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ website.
Technologies: Content Management Systems (CMS), HTML

Content Producer

2000 - 2000
Tiscali (World Online)
  • Wrote, subbed, and researched news stories to tight deadlines for the UK arm of Pan-European ISP Tiscali (formerly known as World Online).
  • Edited the sport and music channels of the website.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, Content Management Systems (CMS)

Freelance Journalist

2000 - 2000
  • Worked as a broadcast journalist, completing match reports, news stories, and features to tight deadlines for the popular BBC Sport website.
Technologies: Adobe Photoshop, HTML, Content Management Systems (CMS)

Website development and transition to WordPress for an award-winning firm.

- Convert HTML5 to WordPress (Genesis) theme.
- Custom WordPress development, including integration with Advanced Custom Fields, Envira Gallery, and other plugins.

Bob's Gym
Moved this chain of gyms over to a new design on WordPress.

- HTML5 to WordPress (Genesis) theme conversion.
- Integration with and extension of functionality from The Events Calendar, Gravity Forms, and Advanced Custom Fields plugins.

New WordPress website for the designer Seth Godin describes as ‘the master’ Chuck Green.

- Photoshop (PSD) to WordPress theme conversion.
- Setup of custom functionality, including additional editor controls and page templates.
- Integration and extension of Advanced Custom Fields and Gravity Forms plugins.

Vanner Perez Notaries
New website for top London lawyers, Vanner Perez Notaries.

- Photoshop (PSD) to WordPress (Genesis) theme conversion.
- Custom functionality to allow easier management of content by staff at Vanner Perez.

Kickstart Pro
Developed a custom WordPress Genesis theme, which was selected to be sold on one of the biggest WordPress theme marketplaces,

Developed a WordPress Genesis premium theme, Milton, aimed at the blogging market with accessibility support.

This Week in Genesis

Wrote, edited, and published a popular Genesis framework community email newsletter 'This Week in Genesis,' which reaches hundreds of subscribers every week.


CSS, HTML, PHP, JavaScript


HTML to WordPress, PSD to WordPress, WordPress Themes, Escenic CMS, Content Management Systems (CMS), Email Marketing, CodeKit


Genesis Framework


WordPress API, jQuery


Procedural Programming


WordPress, iOS


GitHub Pages, GitHub, Affinity Photo, Adobe Photoshop, Gulp, PhpStorm, Tower, Git



1997 - 2000

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Degree in Journalism

University of Central Lancashire - Preston, UK

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