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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.
Silvestar is now available for hire
  • 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
    2017 - 2018
    Beam Interactive (via Toptal)
    • 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 pie charts for a demographic and gender reports using Highcharts.js.
    • Updated styles of an existing WordPress website based on a client's suggestions.
    Technologies: HTML, Sass, JavaScript, WordPress, Git, HighCharts
  • Freelance UI Developer
    2017 - 2017
    Contiamo (via Toptal)
    • Created a style guide for every component used in a static website using KSS.
    • Built elements for the style guide 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 of dairy processes 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 a cross-functional team of more than twenty developers.
    Technologies: HTML, CSS, Sass, JavaScript, jQuery, AngularJS
  • Web Developer
    2012 - 2015
    • Worked on an interface for a business intelligence application.
    • Delivered complete CRM solution for a local business incubator, including handling every tenant, generating monthly-based reports, and generating invoices.
    • Delivered a complete CRM solution for a property agency, including handling every real estate, generating custom brochure and publishing a real estate on a live site.
    • Delivered an application for handling property-based call centers.
    • Worked on development of a custom CMS solution for multi-language websites.
    Technologies: PHP, MySQL, PostgreSQL, CSS, HTML, jQuery
  • Silvestar Bistrović (Development)

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

  • Westwing (Development)

    Westwing is “curated shoppable magazine” inspiring customers every day with the newest trends, themes, stories, brands and products from the world of home and living. The website runs on Hexo, Netlify CMS, Netlify, and GitHub.

  • 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. Featured on JAMstack.

  • 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.

  • Moodings (Development)

    Moodings is an eCommerce website from Copenhagen, Denmark. By curating upcoming and established design and art, they help designers and artists compete on the market. The website runs on Shopify.

  • Netki (Development)

    Netki is a provider of tools to foster the adoption of blockchain technology from Los Angeles, United States. The website runs on WordPress and WPEngine.

  • Bozzuto (Development)

    The Bozzuto Group is a building company that specializes in residential buildings. They build apartments, houses, and student residences for universities, such as the University of Baltimore. The website runs on WordPress.

  • Trase Yearbook (Development)

    The Trase Yearbook presents the latest insights on the sustainability of global agricultural commodity supply chains associated with tropical deforestation. The site runs on WordPress and Pantheon.

  • 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.

  • Empirical Wealth Management (Development)

    Empirical Wealth Management is a comprehensive wealth management team of experts specializing in investments, tax planning and preparation, financial planning, and estate planning. The website runs on WordPress and WPEngine.

  • 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, and black and white photography. The site runs on WordPress, DigitalOcean, and Cloudflare.

  • Born in June (Development)

    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, JavaScript, CSS4, Hugo, YAML, Liquid Template, ECMAScript (ES6), PHP
  • Frameworks
    Bootstrap 4, Bootstrap 3, Bootstrap 2, Bootstrap, YARN, Dropzone.js, Responsive Frameworks, Prototype Framework, Divi
  • Libraries/APIs
    jQuery, Flexbox, Slick, Masonry,, jQuery UI, GSAP, Mustache, Chart.js, Liquid, WordPress API, WordPress REST API
  • Tools
    Jekyll, VS Code, Terminal, PageSpeed, GitHub, Git flow, Git, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), Trello, ACF Pro, BitBucket, Gulp.js, Bower, NPM, Grunt.js, Sketch 3, Stylelint, Asana, JIRA, PostCSS, Google Analytics, WebPagetest, JSHint, GitHub Pages, Stylus, Middleman, CloudFlare, Adobe Photoshop, Modular scale, Figma, Inkscape, Sketch, WPBakery, Divi Builder 3, InVision, Gimp
  • Paradigms
    JAMstack, Responsive Development, Responsive Coding, Responsive Web Design (RWD), Responsive, Responsive Layout, BEM, Web Design, UI Design Standards & Best Practices, On-page SEO
  • Platforms
    WordPress, Mac OS, Netlify, WordPress Theme Design, DigitalOcean, Visual Studio Code, Windows, GreenSock Animation Platform (GSAP), Shopify, Linux
  • Storage
    JSON, MySQL, PostgreSQL
  • Other
    Page Speed Optimization, PSD to Bootstrap, PSD Slicing, Sketch to WordPress, Sketch to HTML, PSD to WordPress, Icon Fonts, FontAwesome, HTML Templates, Problem Solving, Layout, Responsive UI, BEM Architecture, CSS Grid, PSD to HTML, CSS3 Animation, Styleguides, WordPress Themes, Critical-path CSS, Website Optimization, User Interface (UI), Front-end, SVG, SVG Animation, UI Animation, Animation, Google Fonts, Contact Form 7, WordPress Design, Responsive Design, Blogging, Scss-lint, HTML5 Animations, Logo Animation, Favicons, UI Guidelines, User Experience (UX), Site Speed Optimization, Debugging, Website Maintenance, Documentation, Blog Development, Architecture, Typography, Fluid Design, PSD to Shopify, APIs, ESLint, Landing Page Design, Landing Pages, AJAX, Landing Page Optimization, Accessibility, A11Y
  • Master's degree in Communications and Information
    2005 - 2011
    Faculty of Electrical Engineering - Osijek, Croatia
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