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Silvestar Bistrović

Silvestar Bistrović

Josipovac, Croatia
Member since February 6, 2017
Silvestar Bistrović is a fearless web developer, JAMstack enthusiast, and WordPress coder. Hexo, Middleman, Netlify, Cloudflare, Cloudinary, Gulp, Webpack, and Git are just part of his JAMstack skill set. Besides pixel-perfect design implementation, his focus is on performance. Projects he manages have high scores on page speed testing tools. Silvestar tries to stay up-to-date with the latest technologies, and he blogs about new findings.
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  • jQuery, 7 years
  • CSS3, 7 years
  • HTML5, 7 years
  • JavaScript, 7 years
  • Bootstrap, 7 years
  • Gulp.js, 6 years
  • WordPress, 6 years
  • Sass, 5 years
Josipovac, Croatia
Preferred Environment
MacOS, VS Code, Chrome, Terminal, Webpack, Git
The most amazing...
...websites I've built using WordPress and Hexo static site generator got the perfect score from Google PageSpeed Insights, 100/100.
  • Freelance UI Developer
    Beam Interactive (via Toptal)
    2017 - 2018
    • Made styling improvements to an existing WordPress website.
    • Built a complete library of reusable components for a property management website using HTML, Sass, JavaScript, and Gulp.
    • Built new pixel-perfect static pages from PSD files using components from the style guide.
    • Created custom graphs using Highcharts.js.
    Technologies: HTML, Sass, JavaScript, WordPress, Git, HighCharts
  • Freelance UI Developer
    Contiamo (via Toptal)
    2017 - 2017
    • Created a style guide for every component used in a static website using KSS.
    • Built all elements using HTML5 and Sass.
    • Implemented responsiveness using Sass-mq and CSS-locks.
    • Helped configure Webpack for development and production environment.
    • Implemented and optimized SVG assets to display pixel-perfect graphics.
    Technologies: Sass, HTML5, SVG, JavaScript, Webpack, Yarn
  • Front-end Developer
    2015 - 2017
    • Built a style guide for an enterprise dairy industry system.
    • Developed an application for generating dynamic reports using AngularJS.
    • Created a single-page dairy industry application using the UI library.
    • Worked on building an interface for the dairy industry modules.
    • Organized front-end workshops for an entire team.
    Technologies: HTML, CSS, Sass, JavaScript, jQuery, AngularJS
  • Web Developer
    2012 - 2015
    • Worked on an interface for a business intelligence application.
    • Delivered complete CRM solutions for a local business incubator and a property agency.
    • Delivered an application for handling property-based call centers.
    • Worked on a custom CMS solution, both on improving the system and building websites.
    Technologies: PHP, MySQL, PostgreSQL, CSS, HTML, jQuery
  • Style Guide for a Property Management Website (Development)

    A complete library of reusable components built for a property management website that I used to develop 30+ pixel-perfect static pages, custom graphs, and Google Maps components with customized behavior and styling.

  • Silvestar Bistrović (Development)

    A personal website with a blog. The site runs on Hexo, Netlify, Cloudinary, Cloudflare, and BitBucket. Featured on JAMstack.

  • Han Han Xue (Development)

    A website with a blog for Han Han Xue, a Designer and FX Technical Director from Montreal, Canada. The site runs on Middleman, Netlify, and BitBucket.

  • Contiamo (Development)

    A website for Contiamo, a company that uses machine learning and AI to drive better decision making and process optimization. The site runs on Middleman, Webpack, Netlify, and GitHub.

  • Irina and Matej (Development)

    A website for Irina and Matej, wedding and portrait photographers based in Croatia. The site runs on WordPress, DigitalOcean, and Cloudflare.

  • Franciscan Children's (Development)

    A website for Franciscan Children’s, an integral part of Boston’s pediatric medical ecosystem that serves children and adolescents with complex medical, mental health and educational needs. The site runs on WordPress.

  • Atika Interijeri (Development)

    A website for Atika Interijeri, a carpentry company, specialized in creating all kinds of custom furniture. The site runs on WordPress, DigitalOcean, and Cloudflare.

  • Marcijuš Weddings (Development)

    A website for Marcijuš Weddings, wedding photographers who love spontaneity, creative focus, black and white photography. The site runs on WordPress, DigitalOcean, and Cloudflare.

  • Born in June (Other amazing things)

    A website for Lara, who was born in June and is a passionate traveler, biologist, and wedding photographer. The site runs on WordPress, DigitalOcean, and Cloudflare.

  • CSS Weekly Publications (Other amazing things)

    My articles about CSS tabs, CSS sidebar toggle, and using CSS Grid have been featured on CSS Weekly's newsletter, Issues #237, #258, and #277.

    CSS tabs, part II: Accessibility -

    CSS sidebar toggle -

    Using CSS Grid where appropriate -

  • A Guide to Static Site Generators Using Hexo and WordPress (Publication)
    In this article, Toptal Freelance Software Engineer Silvestar Bistrovic explains the process of migrating a WordPress blog to a static site generator using Hexo, outlining the pros and cons of the approach.
  • Languages
    CSS3, SCSS, HTML5, Markdown, CSS, Sass, Less, CSS4, JavaScript, YAML, ECMAScript (ES6), PHP
  • Frameworks
    Bootstrap, YARN, Responsive Frameworks, Dropzone.js, Prototype
  • Libraries/APIs
    jQuery, Flexbox, Slick, Masonry,, jQuery UI, GSAP, Mustache, WordPress REST API, WordPress API
  • Tools
    VS Code, BitBucket, GitHub, Trello, NPM, Git, Git flow, Gulp.js, Terminal, Bower, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), PageSpeed, ACF Pro, Asana, JIRA, Google Analytics, Modular scale, CloudFlare, Middleman, PostCSS, Grunt.js, WebPagetest, Stylelint, Sketch 3, Stylus, Adobe Photoshop, JSHint, Sketch, Figma, Inkscape, InVision, Gimp
  • Paradigms
    Responsive, Responsive Layout, BEM, Responsive Web Design (RWD), Responsive Development, Responsive Coding, On-page SEO, UI Design Standards & Best Practices, Web Design
  • Platforms
    WordPress, Mac OS, WordPress Theme Design, GreenSock Animation Platform (GSAP), DigitalOcean, Netlify, Windows, Visual Studio Code, Linux
  • Storage
    JSON, PostgreSQL, MySQL
  • Other
    Problem Solving, Layout, Responsive UI, Sketch to WordPress, BEM Architecture, Sketch to HTML, Page Speed Optimization, PSD to WordPress, Icon Fonts, FontAwesome, Front-end, CSS Grid, PSD to Bootstrap, PSD to HTML, User Interface (UI), CSS3 Animation, PSD Slicing, HTML Templates, SVG, Styleguides, WordPress Themes, Critical-path CSS, Website Optimization, User Experience (UX), Scss-lint, APIs, Landing Page Design, Landing Pages, Landing Page Optimization, WordPress Design, Responsive Design, HTML5 Animations, SVG Animation, Logo Animation, UI Animation, Animation, Google Fonts, Contact Form 7, UI Guidelines, Debugging, Website Maintenance, Documentation, Architecture, Typography, Fluid Design, ESLint, AJAX, Site Speed Optimization, Blog Development, Blogging, Favicons, Accessibility, A11Y
  • Master's degree in Communications and Information
    Faculty of Electrical Engineering - Osijek, Croatia
    2005 - 2011
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