Saurabh Dhariwal, Developer in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
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Saurabh Dhariwal

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WordPress Developer

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Toptal Member Since
November 12, 2016

Saurabh is a qualified engineer with more than a decade of proven experience in solving complex problems with scalable solutions, harnessing the power of PHP frameworks/CMS with a keen eye on UX. He is a professional who looks forward to working on high-quality projects—on a side note, his clients and coworkers call him SD. Saurabh has co-founded the world's 1st composer-based WordPress-managed hosting,


Clients (via Toptal)
CSS, HTML, React, Drupal, JavaScript, Shopify, WordPress, WooCommerce, PHP...
W3 Edge
React, WordPress, JavaScript, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), AWS Lambda, WordPress Themes...
Inbound Rocket (via Toptal)
PHP, WordPress, WooCommerce, HTML




Preferred Environment

WooCommerce, Drupal, Magento, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, Jenkins, Ansible, Lando, DigitalOcean, PhpStorm

The most amazing...

...thing I've built is a web app that gathers a patient's health data from wearables and provides it to doctors for analysis and treatment.

Work Experience

Full-stack Web Developer

2017 - PRESENT
Clients (via Toptal)
  • Coded new WordPress themes and plugins from scratch and modified existing themes and plugins.
  • Designed mockups and graphics in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Converted mockups, wireframes, and custom designs into HTML, PHP, and JavaScript templates. Developed robust, responsive WordPress themes for over a dozen clients.
  • Made periodic updates to the corporate website using an agile scrum team.
  • Improved JavaScript efficiency by rewriting heavily used functions such as ES6 (modern JavaScript markup) and writing client-side JavaScript functions to server-side PHP functions. Utilized JavaScript frameworks to implement website functionality.
  • Designed and developed custom Shopify websites. Developed Shopify API and apps. Gained expertise with the Sellers Plan API.
  • Implemented and maintained content management systems (primarily WordPress and some Drupal), including installation, configuration, troubleshooting, and creation of custom SLS plugins and content types.
  • Developed and deployed upgrade/migration plans for content management systems.
  • Optimized several WordPress websites, helping to reduce page load speeds and improve PageSpeed Insights (PSI) scores.
  • Shared my solid understanding of WordPress standards, database structure, themes, widgets, and responsive mobile development.
  • Gained web development experience and proficiency in Laravel and Shopify API integration, ensuring seamless communication, custom app development, and mentoring junior developers.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, React, Drupal, JavaScript, Shopify, WordPress, WooCommerce, PHP, Drupal 8, Laravel, GraphQL, Node.js

Senior React and WordPress Engineer

2019 - 2022
W3 Edge
  • Enhanced a WordPress plugin's features and functionalities and made it a premium with new features for an XML sitemap generator plugin.
  • Designed integration for an individual website for plugin users.
  • Enhanced a community plugin and integrated a search engine optimization (SEO) report graphical view.
  • Added multiple site reports to the premium users' website.
  • Stored and created an admin panel to access payment data.
  • Defined and wrote test cases for WordPress plugins.
  • Migrated data from a new plugin to an old one to provide offline support.
  • Created AWS APIs for a React app that can be used as a plugin and a standalone app.
Technologies: React, WordPress, JavaScript, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), AWS Lambda, WordPress Themes, Node.js, TypeScript

WordPress Plugin Developer

2016 - 2017
Inbound Rocket (via Toptal)
  • Extended the Inbound Rocket plugin with a new power-up called Welcome Mat. The plugin will reuse elements of our existing power-up "scroll boxes" (on how to create custom post types, adding new "welcome mats," deleting "welcome mats," having the Inbound Rocket custom header and footer above the custom post types, and more).
  • Built a configurable welcome mat according to the website theme.
  • Developed an add-on (i.e., a welcome mat) that will be displayed to the user based on cookie settings and setup defined by the admin user: certain posts, pages, post types, and more.
  • Created dynamic form fields for each welcome mat which appeared on the front-end depending upon the admin settings which includes following field types: radio button group, checkbox group, single select checkbox, dropdown menus, hidden fields, and text fields (validations like email, phone, name).
  • Implemented two modes for each welcome mat: normal and embedded.
  • Converted a static HTML eCommerce site into a dynamic, WooCommerce powered platform with the ability to sell physical, virtual, and subscription items.
Technologies: PHP, WordPress, WooCommerce, HTML

Development Lead

2012 - 2016
AddWeb Solution
  • Performed effectively in an agile team-oriented environment (local and global teams).
  • Participated in all phases of the SDK construction process from concept to end delivery and support for third-party developers.
  • Designed the architecture of complex web applications. Worked with AngularJS, Backbone.js, or similar front-end web application frameworks. Worked with Express or similar back-end Node.js web application frameworks.
  • Attended to WordPress migrations, Data migration, transformation, and scripting.
  • Built responsive WordPress websites and mobile apps.
  • Served as the social media expert at Abuzz Creative and managed the social media of businesses with creative, engaging posts that entice followers to like and share on social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
  • Constructed Drupal modules and patches and monitored uptime, hosting, and databases to ensure the site was performing at maximum capacity.
  • Understood the differences between multiple delivery platforms (such as mobile vs, desktop) and optimizing output to match the specific platform.
Technologies: AngularJS, Ionic, WordPress, PHP, WooCommerce, JavaScript, React, Drupal 8, Laravel, HTML

Head of Department (HOD) — IT Development

2011 - 2012
  • Conducted project planning and team allocation.
  • Developed in an agile environment.
  • Identified the right technology fit as per requirements.
Technologies: WordPress, Drupal, PHP, WooCommerce, JavaScript, React, Drupal 8, Laravel, HTML

Team Lead

2007 - 2011
  • Developed code optimization techniques.
  • Conducted project planning, staff augmentations, and led the end-to-end project execution.
  • Built a web-based directory system on touch machines (SiteKiosk).
  • Developed a web-based system for the medical transcription process.
  • Integrated Flex with CakePHP through Amfphp.
  • Gained extensive exposure to open-source CMSs like WordPress and Drupal.
Technologies: Yii, CakePHP, Drupal, WordPress, JavaScript, MySQL, PHP, WooCommerce, React, Drupal 8, Laravel, HTML

Web Developer

2005 - 2007
  • Encountered PHP as a trainee under a great mentor and learned the global coding standards for PHP.
  • Built an application to fetch and modify eBay data using the eBay API and PHP.
  • Developed an application to search the eBay site using the shopping web API.
  • Made an application to fetch addresses from the user’s address books in Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Indiatimes, and MSN Messenger (Curl and PHP).
  • Implemented eCommerce systems including shopping cart applications in PHP and MySQL.
Technologies: WordPress, PHP, WooCommerce, JavaScript, Drupal 8, Laravel, HTML

Shopify Website for Website Accessibility
This freelancing project aimed to improve the accessibility of a website for people with disabilities. The specific issue the client highlighted was the focus problem in the cart section. When users accessed the cart, the focus was not properly set on the cart, which can make navigation challenging for users with disabilities.

My task was to resolve this focus issue and ensure that when the cart section is open, the focus remains only on the cart and not on other parts of the website. By doing so, I made the cart more accessible and user-friendly for people with disabilities.

WordPress Developer for Travel Conference Site
Problem statement: the client wants to make a proper page structure for their event website and their recent events.

What I did:
• New theme implementation for TBEX North America Fall 2022
• North America Lafayette page updates - home page elements update
• North America Lafayette page updates - about page, FAQ, travels creatives, hotels/ lodging page, COVID-19 protocols, farm trips page elements updated
• Home page and other sub-pages made responsive
• Removed animation from the home page

Plugins used :
• Uncanny Automator
• W3 Total Cache (W3TC)

Page builder: WPBakery Page Builder
Features: TBEX blog

Multisite WordPress Website Using a Multi-network Plugin
Finders International finds, identifies, and locates missing/unknown beneficiaries and I took the site and transformed it into a responsive, multilingual, and multisite website by using a WordPress CMS along with a Bootstrap-based custom theme, performed A/B testing, and delivered a customized WordPress multi-network plugin among others.

Frogger Golf | WordPress WooCommerce Website
Developed with WordPress and WooCommerce.
Project Details:
• Developed with WordPress and WooCommerce.
• Handled customization tasks.
• Implemented theming.
• Performed page speed optimization.

Multisite WordPress Real Estate Website
Cedarglen Living is the new multifamily division to produce a well priced, high-quality product for townhome and condominium customers and I designed and built this WordPress-powered site making it mobile-friendly.

Medical Domain WordPress WooCommerce Site
This is an aromatherapeutic range of Australian-made hair and skin-care products that work in synergy with the body built-in WooCommerce. It involved integrating social media platforms (including Instagram, among others) and payment methods (PayPal).

Project Details:
• Designed and developed a custom theme.

Infographic Resumes WordPress WooCommerce Website
Infographic Resumes is an eCommerce website where you can buy packages to build your resumes built with WooCommerce. I helped them to optimize the website speed along with updating the themes and plugins and adding new pages (e.g., a blog page) and design changes (animations and so on).

BockLighting | Drupal 8, B2B

I designed and developed this site from scratch. I implemented changes in the Bootstrap theme, listing page, homepage, sales page, Google reCAPTCHA, file download, view merging, dynamic product creation theme, map integration, added marker features, search filter in the map, among others.

• Live chat (attachment, GIF, emoji)
• Newsletter
• Search
• Cart
• Latest projects/product
• Jenkins: installing Docker, database upload, config import, cleared the cache, PDF support, product builder (hover effects)
• Login and registration: social media login/email login, social media integration.

• Payment shall be made by credit card or cash only.
• Payment by cash in advance of shipment will be required for any customer without an active credit account (by MasterCard, Visa or American Express).

Custom Tailored WordPress | WooCommerce Website
Project Details:
• Revamped it from scratch.
• Improved JavaScript efficiency by rewriting heavily used functions as ES6 (modern JavaScript markup), rewriting client-side JavaScript functions to server-side PHP functions.
• Evaluated and minimized used plugins, but the functionalities remained the same.
• Used a content delivery network (CDN).

Life Coaching Scholars
The Self Coaching Scholars app is a feature of the Self Coaching Scholars membership program offered by the Life Coach School.

Features and Project Details:
• Design and development of the app from scratch
• GDPR consent management platform
• Responsiveness along with a video podcast and a Vimeo audio player
• Video storage on CloudFront and SoundCloud
• Management on AWS CDN
• Caching (watch again, automatic updating if connected to WiFi/internet)
• Implementation of WordPress widgets, jQuery UI, revealing CSS animations as you scroll down a page, Ajax Libraries API, Yoast plugins
• Usage of Nginx, Pantheon, Cloudflare hosting, and SSL solutions from Cloudflare

Mobile Applications
• Designed and developed from scratch.


Surfer's Shopify Website
A surfing brand website built from scratch on Shopify with a custom theme and plugins.

Widget: Facebook, OWL Carousel
eCommerce: Shopify
Analytics: Google Analytics
JavaScript Framework: Handlebars 1.3.0, Modernizr V2.8.3, jQuery v1.11.0, FancyBox v2.1.5, AdRoll
Font Script: Font Awesome, Google Font API
Miscellaneous: webpack
Web Server: Nginx
CDN: Google Cloud

Inventory Management Software Website
Sortly is an inventory management application built into WordPress. I integrated many futuristic features such as an online chat, plan selection, track warranty, expiry date and values, barcode scanner, and more. I also developed a custom theme using Sass and JavaScript. The customization was done in an ACF plugin.

JavaScript Work | 360° View Functionality
This is a mixture of four JavaScript libraries: TypeScript, Node.js, Core.js, and D3.js. Please check the video with a 360° view functionality implemented.

Bastow | Drupal 8

The website is for an educational institute that provides professional learning to aspiring and current educational leaders to build their capacity, knowledge, and skills at every career stage.

What we did:
The website was already in development when we started the work but the last developers created a mess. We have rephrased the existing designs, scrapped the content types, modules, and the website and built it using GovCMS.

• Search option
• Podcasts integration (audio)
• Publications integration (PDF)
• Video integration with transcripts
• Google Map integration
• MailChimp integration
• WCAG complaint
• Supports cross-browser compatibility

Plugins: Solr search API

Complex Features: None


Theme: Custom theme, GOV CMS

Technologies: Drupal 8, SaaS, Distribution (GovCMS), Host (, PHP, Lua, GTM, Google Analytics, jQuery, Bootstrap

Custom Shopify Website

A dynamic Shopify website where administrators can add each piece of content or product with a subscription.
I developed the website from scratch, integrated the store setup and design setup, and installed a payment gateway with Stripe.

THE PHOTO ACADEMY is an organization that offers courses taught by knowledgeable photographers and provides its students with a variety of new photographic experiences.

The main features include the following:

• Trilingual language options
• Live chats
• Share on social media
• Google Maps integration
• Background video player integration
• Subscription
• Search
• YouTube video integration
• Image pop-up view
• Login with Facebook and Google

Laravel Stacash

Stacash is an affiliate network website, wherein any user can register as an affiliate and share the offer to their social network and earn a good amount of money. I implemented image pixel tracking and postback tracking (i.e., Server 2 Server).
Technologies used include Laravel, PHP, Bootstrap, and Voyager.

Full-stack Shopify Website and App Development
I designed and developed the website from scratch with custom plugins and APIs. With the same client, I also created a Shopify app connected to a MySQL database eCommerce website in Shopify with custom plugins.


SCSS, Sass, CSS3, CSS, HTML, JavaScript, Less, PHP, HTML5, PHP 7, Python, TypeScript, Liquid Template, GraphQL


Yii, Bootstrap, React Native, AngularJS, Ionic, Laravel, Laravel 5, CakePHP, Divi, Drupal Commerce, Flutter, Tailwind CSS, Genesis Framework,


WordPress API, WooCommerce API, Shopify API, React, Drupal Modules, REST APIs, Amazon EC2 API, Stripe, Stripe API, D3.js, WordPress REST API, Infusionsoft API, Salesforce API, React Redux, Google Maps API, Google Maps, BuddyPress, Google AdWords, Node.js, jQuery


WPBakery, Sublime Text, Zapier, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), GitLab CI/CD, Figma, Asana, Google Analytics, bbPress, Stripe Checkout, Gulp, Jira, Bitbucket, Adobe Photoshop, GitHub, Git, Basecamp, Infusionsoft, Mailchimp, Ninja Forms, LearnDash, Shopify Plus, InVision, Gutenberg Editor, Sketch, PrestaShop, Google Optimize, WiX, Vagrant, Kirki, Microsoft Teams, Plesk, NGINX, Jenkins, Ansible, Lando, PhpStorm


DevOps, Hosting, UI Design, UX Design, Responsive Web Design (RWD), Search Engine Optimization (SEO)


WordPress, Acquia, WordPress Theme Design, Drupal, Drupal 8, WooCommerce, Shopify, Salesforce, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), iOS, Azure, New Relic, Mixpanel, Pantheon, DigitalOcean, Amazon Lightsail, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon EC2, Blockchain, Drupal 7, Webflow, Android, MacOS, Linux, AWS Lambda, YouTube, Web, Docker, Kubernetes, Magento

Industry Expertise

Web Design, Security


WordPress Themes, Wamp, API Integration, APIs, HTML to WordPress, PSD to WordPress, WordPress Rescue, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Multisite, WooCommerce Subscriptions 2, Wordfence Security, Autoptimize, Plugins, Beaver Builder, DNS, Site Speed Optimization, Minimum Viable Product (MVP), PSD to Shopify, A/B Testing, Drip Marketing, GitOps, SEO Tools, SEO Audits, SEO Backlinking, Website Migration, Shopify Design, HubSpot, eCommerce, Learning Management Systems (LMS), Sports, Shopify Theme, Shopify Payments, Communication, Mentorship, Progressive Web Applications (PWA), Content Marketing Platforms, Web Development, WordPress Optimization, Full-stack Development, Recurring Payments, Membership Sites, Web Hosting, Zeplin to HTML, Formidable, Yoast SEO, Inbound Marketing, Sales & Marketing, Custom Themes, Child Themes, Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), Avada, X Theme, Mailchimp API, Website Performance, Website Maintenance, Performance Tuning, Web Services, Server Migration, Web Servers, Cloudflare, Caching, Ubuntu Server, SSH, Responsive Design, Single Sign-on (SSO), Office 365, Third-party Integration, Cryptocurrency, Shopify Customizations, Elementor, Sketch to HTML, Drupal Themes, Patches & Updates, Gravity Forms, BrainTree, Triggers, Webhooks, Troubleshooting, Google SEO, Education, Workflow, User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI), GoDaddy, WordPress Design, Data Analytics, Conversion, Front-end, Mobile Apps, Videos, MemberPress, Back-end, Payment Gateways, Payment Processing, Theme Customization, WordPress SEO, Integration, Websites, Payment APIs, Squarespace, Optimization, PAN Cards, Presales, Analytics, Segment, Yandex.Metrika, Lightbox, Query Optimization, Page Speed Optimization, Accessibility, PayPal, PWA, Core Web Vitals


WP Engine, MySQL, MariaDB, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), Cloudways, JSON, Elasticsearch, Database Triggers, SQL Triggers, Databases, SQL Performance, Relational Databases, Redis

2001 - 2005

Bachelor of Engineering (BE) Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering

University of Rajasthan - Jaipur, India