Nicolae Pop, Full-stack WordPress Developer in Cluj-Napoca, Cluj County, Romania
Nicolae Pop

Full-stack WordPress Developer in Cluj-Napoca, Cluj County, Romania

Member since November 17, 2015
Nicolae is a web developer and designer from Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania. With more than ten years of hands-on WordPress experience under his belt, Nicolae's delivered reliable custom themes, plugins, and websites for clients all over the world. Nicolae has worked for more than four years at an advertising agency and has served as a member of the Theme Review team.
Nicolae is now available for hire




Cluj-Napoca, Cluj County, Romania



Preferred Environment

DigitalOcean, Nginx, Sublime Text, Git, Coda

The most amazing...

...project I've worked on is an inspirational website, community, and online shop with more than 2 million active followers.


  • WordPress Developer and Designer

    2014 - PRESENT
    Freelance Work
    • Aided in the discovery and formulation of business values and goals.
    • Wireframed and designed websites.
    • Developed, launched, integrated, and maintained WordPress websites.
    Technologies: Git, Adobe, jQuery, PHP, SCSS, WordPress, MAMP
  • Web Designer and Developer

    2011 - 2015
    Vitrina Advertising
    • Designed websites for business, events, and campaigns.
    • Developed and launched WordPress and static websites.
    • Maintained and updated websites.
    Technologies: Adobe Suite, Less, PHP, WordPress, MAMP
  • Public Relations

    2008 - 2013
    Board of European Students of Technology
    • Created a promotional mix of campaigns and required materials.
    • Developed, launched, and managed websites for various events.
    • Managed and worked with small design and development teams.
    • Coordinated the public promotion team for a large international event.
    Technologies: CSS, PHP, WordPress, Adobe Creative Suite


  • Development and Data Migration for Town News

    The company serves an extensive network of media broadcasters and publications, providing them with the next-generation CMS built on top of WordPress. They are a part of Lee Enterprises, the fourth largest newspaper group in the USA.
    Tasks Accomplished:
    • Designed and developed a system for migrating data from various CMS to their custom WordPress product, which was used to import hundreds of thousands of articles along with media content and complex metadata.
    • Created a custom plugin that provides means for displaying US election results based on the election date, state, and precinct, including the integration of the results from the Associated Press and other sources.
    • Developed a tool to provide the visitors with means to request the export or removal of their personal data from the websites.

  • NotSalmon Website

    I redesigned and developed a new website for the best seller author Karen Salmansohn.
    The content is presented in a magazine-blog that shows posts—hers and from various guest authors—and a collection of shareable inspirational quotes. On the website, Karen also offers merchandise such as digital and printed books, posters, clothes, and courses to her 1.5 million fans.

  • Rainsford Hunting Website

    I developed and launched the first version of this hunting portal and blog that connects hunters directly with outfitters.
    The responsive version of the website has a custom blog layout, and custom post types and taxonomies to handle hunting trips, animals, locations and user profiles, and provides simple filtered browsing. Users can register an account and edit their profiles using forms.
    This project has grown into the actual hunter and outfitter portal it is today.

  • Wisemo Website

    The custom WordPress website of the European Wisemo company presents the remote control solutions they provide. There are many different sections: learn more about their products, pricing, application areas, and frequently asked questions.
    I developed a custom page builder so that the editors can reuse content blocks on different pages without the need for duplication.

  • Sawyer Manufacturing Website

    I took a partially developed website redesign, finished the development, and successfully launched the website.
    The company uses the website to showcase their welding and pipeline equipment and to connect with distributors and customers. There are custom fields to provide an effective way of adding and editing product information. There are also custom made templates for different pages on the website, including a distributor portal.

  • Walsworth Yearbooks Website

    Walsworth is one of the largest printing companies in the U.S. and an innovative printer of scholastic yearbooks with more than 60 years of tradition.
    I developed custom templates to showcase yearbook collections, covers, and inspiration ideas, and I also created custom fields for editors to easily add and edit information about the yearbooks. There's also an advanced ordering form that helps people to get an advanced quote based on their printing needs and selected options.

  • Toptal Mentor
    Nicolae 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. Nicolae 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.


  • Languages

    CSS, HTML, PHP, XML, Sass, SCSS, C, JavaScript, Less, HTML5, CSS3, Python, C++, Ruby
  • Libraries/APIs

    WordPress API, jQuery, REST APIs, WooCommerce API, WordPress REST API, React, BuddyPress, Salesforce API
  • Paradigms

    Responsive Web Design (RWD), Mobile Development, RESTful Development, Functional Programming, Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Agile Software Development, Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD), REST, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Agile, Scrum
  • Platforms

    WordPress, WooCommerce, Sensei, DigitalOcean, Adobe Suite, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Drupal, Joomla, Salesforce, Docker
  • Storage

    Media Queries, JSON, MySQL, Database Migration, AWS S3, MariaDB, Database Caching, Redis
  • Other

    PSD to HTML, PSD to WordPress, WordPress Themes, WordPress Plugins, Front-end, Page Speed Optimization, Responsive Design, Front-end Development, UI, RESTful APIs, API Integration, WordPress Design, Gravity Forms, Back-end, Organic SEO, Microdata, Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), Facebook Instant Articles, Scaling, Caching, Migration, Data Migration, Content Management Systems (CMS), Team Management, Leadership, Easy Digital Downloads, Google Tag Manager, Elementor, Database Optimization, Team Leadership, Minimum Viable Products (MVP), APIs, AWS, VPS/VDS, Agile Sprints
  • Frameworks

    Divi, Genesis Framework, Bootstrap, Laravel, Ruby on Rails (RoR)
  • Tools

    PageSpeed, bbPress, Jira, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Coda 2, Git, Trello, Google Analytics, LearnDash, Coda, Sublime Text, Nginx, MAMP, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe, Subversion (SVN), Adobe Illustrator, Sketch, Sketch 4, Facebook Pixel, Vagrant
  • Industry Expertise

    Project Management


  • Junior Analyst Programmer Certificate in Computer Engineering and Mathematics
    2004 - 2008
    Gheorghe Sincai National College - Baia Mare, Romania

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