Tiberiu Petcu, Developer in Bucharest, Romania
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Tiberiu Petcu

Verified Expert  in Engineering

WordPress Developer

Location
Bucharest, Romania
Toptal Member Since
March 17, 2021

Tiberiu is a WordPress and web developer and team lead with 17+ years of experience. He has been working with WordPress since version 1.0.2, creating and maintaining a multitude of websites, plugins, and themes. Based on client needs, he proposes solutions, creates software architecture, writes code, and customizes applications and web apps. The elegant web and mobile solutions Tiberiu has developed include Bordeaux.com, eCommerce sites, football team management, and a travel aggregator.

Portfolio

Kafe Rocks
WordPress, Twig, PHP, Vanilla JS, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Themes...
True Partnerships Group Ltd
WordPress API, WordPress, WooCommerce, LearnDash, Elementor, Yoast SEO...
IT-Teams
WordPress, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Themes, MySQL, JavaScript, PHP 7, PHP 5...

Experience

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Windows, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), HTML to WordPress

The most amazing...

...project I've been involved in was leading the team that developed the new bordeaux.com website.

Work Experience

Lead WordPress Developer

2021 - PRESENT
Kafe Rocks
  • Planned and architectured a custom-made solution that will be the backbone of 80% of the company's assets. The solution is heavily optimized for page speed and core web vitals.
  • Implemented a private solution that allowed the twig templating engine to be used by WordPress themes and plugins.
  • Kept a tight connection with product managers, design, QA, SEO, and content to ensure everything gets communicated correctly with the dev team and everyone is aligned with the company's goals.
  • Conducted the WordPress dev team interviews and provided assistance during onboarding to new team members.
Technologies: WordPress, Twig, PHP, Vanilla JS, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Themes, WordPress API, Yoast SEO, SEO Tools, WooCommerce API, REST APIs, API Integration, Gravity Forms, Full-stack, Git, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), Elementor, APIs, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Responsive Web Design (RWD), WordPress Design, Theme Customization, Sass, Laravel, Webpack, Figma, React, Ajax, WordPress SEO, Web Development, Front-end, Leadership, Performance Optimization, Custom Themes, SCSS, Gutenberg Editor, Cloudflare, Technical SEO, Agile, Technical Leadership, Full-stack Development, Landing Pages, CSS, HTML

Senior WordPress Developer

2022 - 2022
True Partnerships Group Ltd
  • Added new features to the LearnDash LMS based on client requirements and specifications.
  • Implemented a new search page for speakers and tutors.
  • Changed the Elementor-based pages into reusable templates.
  • Repaired bugs from previous work done and updated the codebase to newer standards.
Technologies: WordPress API, WordPress, WooCommerce, LearnDash, Elementor, Yoast SEO, Learning Management Systems (LMS), SEO Tools, Full-stack, Git, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Responsive Web Design (RWD), WordPress Design, Theme Customization, Sass, HTML to WordPress, Figma, Ajax, WordPress SEO, Web Development, Front-end, Custom Themes, SCSS, Gutenberg Editor, Technical SEO, Agile, Technical Leadership, Full-stack Development, CSS, HTML

Senior WordPress and Web Developer

2019 - 2021
IT-Teams
  • Developed a custom-made shop that worked in parallel with a WooCommerce solution. The shop used an API to communicate with a gateway to allow login, show available products, and push information about the purchases.
  • Revised and modernized the codebase for three applications that gathered information from Amazon through their API, improving the uptime and responsiveness by over 200%.
  • Updated the existing WordPress site (mobile and desktop) and achieved a 90+ performance score in PageSpeed Insights.
  • Implemented a WordPress plugin that allowed users to customize the embedding of a React application.
  • Led the WordPress team of two developers and one designer through several long-term projects.
  • Architectured an API for a paid iOS and Android application that had to take information from the website, send messages to the owner, and send usage statistics. This was done by using the WordPress REST API.
Technologies: WordPress, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Themes, MySQL, JavaScript, PHP 7, PHP 5, CodeIgniter, Vanilla JS, WordPress API, Yoast SEO, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Learning Management Systems (LMS), SEO Tools, WooCommerce API, REST APIs, API Integration, Gravity Forms, Full-stack, Git, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), APIs, eCommerce, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Responsive Web Design (RWD), Divi, WordPress Design, Theme Customization, Sass, HTML to WordPress, Laravel, Webpack, Tailwind CSS, Figma, React, Ajax, WordPress SEO, Web Development, Front-end, Leadership, Performance Optimization, Custom Themes, SCSS, Gutenberg Editor, Technical SEO, Agile, Technical Leadership, Full-stack Development, B2B, Landing Pages, CSS, HTML

Team Lead | Senior Web Developer

2017 - 2019
One Image
  • Rewrote, improved and transformed the website for Bordeaux, the French wine producer. The new website was over 350% faster and doubled traffic during the first month.
  • Rewrote the theme for a WordPress website, increasing speed by over 500%.
  • Maintained direct communication with clients, which decreased the number of tickets by 30%.
  • Prepared and oversaw interviews, leading to an 80% increase in the team size.
Technologies: WordPress, WordPress Themes, WordPress Plugins, MySQL, Vanilla JS, WordPress API, Yoast SEO, SEO Tools, WooCommerce API, REST APIs, API Integration, Full-stack, Git, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), APIs, eCommerce, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Responsive Web Design (RWD), Divi, WordPress Design, Theme Customization, Sass, HTML to WordPress, Ajax, WordPress SEO, Web Development, Front-end, Leadership, Performance Optimization, Custom Themes, SCSS, Gutenberg Editor, Cloudflare, Technical SEO, Agile, Technical Leadership, Full-stack Development, B2B, Landing Pages, CSS, HTML

Senior Web Developer | IT Consultant

2013 - 2017
Cabinet DN Brussels
  • Converted mockups into WordPress themes and developed custom plugins requested by clients.
  • Advised the company on technical decisions for its website and its clients.
  • Optimized the company's website to achieve the best possible Google page speed ranking.
Technologies: PHP, HTML5, CodeIgniter, WordPress, WordPress Plugins, Sass, Mercurial, jQuery, Vanilla JS, jQuery UI, Yoast SEO, REST APIs, Full-stack, Git, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Responsive Web Design (RWD), WordPress Design, Theme Customization, HTML to WordPress, Ajax, WordPress SEO, Web Development, Front-end, Performance Optimization, Custom Themes, SCSS, Technical SEO, Full-stack Development, B2B, Landing Pages, CSS, HTML

Senior Web Developer | Team Leader

2010 - 2013
QuickWeb Info
  • Rewrote the back-end gateway for a cloud backup application using a CodeIgniter framework.
  • Rewrote and improved the back-end gateway for a password manager software solution, decreasing the codebase by 50%.
  • Distributed tasks among team members, ensured that deadlines were respected, and trained newcomers.
Technologies: PHP, CodeIgniter, MySQL, Linux, CSS, HTML5, JavaScript, Vanilla JS, jQuery UI, SEO Tools, Full-stack, Git, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Responsive Web Design (RWD), WordPress Design, Theme Customization, Sass, HTML to WordPress, Ajax, WordPress SEO, Web Development, Front-end, Performance Optimization, Custom Themes, Full-stack Development, Landing Pages, HTML

Web Developer | WordPress Developer

2006 - 2010
SurfMedia
  • Transformed PSD templates into fully working WordPress or PHP-based websites.
  • Implemented on-site SEO for websites, which involved URL rewriting, HTML modifications, and .htaccess modifications.
  • Designed and implemented SEO strategies for websites while also supervising a team of three content writers.
Technologies: WordPress, PHP, WordPress REST API, CSS, MySQL, PSD Slicing, PSD to WordPress, JavaScript, Vanilla JS, jQuery UI, SEO Tools, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), Search Engine Optimization (SEO), WordPress Design, HTML to WordPress, Ajax, WordPress SEO, Web Development, Front-end, Custom Themes, Full-stack Development, HTML

Web Developer | WordPress Developer

2003 - 2006
Freelance
  • Developed WordPress-based websites using PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript.
  • Transformed PSD templates into full HTML/XHTML WordPress websites.
  • Modified and customized WordPress themes and plugins according to customer requirements.
Technologies: PHP, WordPress, MySQL, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS, Vanilla JS, Git, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), Search Engine Optimization (SEO), WordPress Design, HTML to WordPress, Ajax, WordPress SEO, Web Development, Front-end, Custom Themes, Full-stack Development

Website for Bordeaux Wines

https://bordeaux.com
Transformed the Typo3 website into a WordPress website. The website was quite complex, with many custom sections and custom behaviors for each of those sections. It also featured six languages and a custom admin section where all the wines could be updated and uploaded from an XLS file. As the team lead and the lead developer, I supervised and delegated the work among four team members and maintained communication with the client.

Custom Shop for WordPress Website

https://shop.priority-software.com/en/
Designed and developed a shop solution that would integrate with WordPress and work in parallel with the WooCommerce shop already in place. The new shop used an API to integrate with an existing finance application from where it would get all the data about the customers and products available for purchase. The solution had a separate payment gateway integration and a separate logging system.

Custom-made Online Shop

https://www.welovecouture.com/
Designed and built a full-fledged eCommerce solution based on the client's requirements. As the architect and executant for this vanilla PHP project, I designed the codebase and the database. The eCommerce solution was integrated with a Romanian payment solution and with PayPal for international purchases. The website was built with high traffic in mind, and it has withstood waves of over 10,000 visitors per hour at peak times.

Solution for Bordeaux Wine School Classes

Bordeaux wanted a marketplace for wine courses, which had to integrate with Stripe Payments and allow third-party teachers to enroll and teach classes. The solution was a WooCommerce and WordPress-based website. I designed and implemented the back-end code, wrote a custom WordPress plugin for class payments, and created a plugin that handled very complex forms used during the enrollment process.

Speed Optimization for an American Company’s Blog

https://optymyze.com
Optimized an existing WordPress theme to comply with the latest Google metrics. The requirement was to get from a 35 performance score on mobile to above 90. After I altered and improved the theme code, the website reached a 95 performance score on mobile and 99 on desktop.

Web Application to Manage Football Teams

Developed a web application used by football players to manage their teams. They could enter statistics, such as goals, cards, and how goals happened. They could plan the next match through schematics via an online drag and drop configurator for the match strategy. And they could send availability requests; as they were not professional football players, some of them may have been unavailable for the next match. The app was sustained by different cron jobs, such as reminders for team admins to enter the stats after matches and availability reminders.

Custom WordPress REST API for iOS and Android App

Developed a custom REST API endpoint for a mobile app available on iOS and Android. The REST API was backed by WordPress CMS, and it allowed the app to get information about the latest articles along with featured images and other custom fields. In order to read the articles, the user needed a paid subscription so that the REST API would allow the app to query that information.

Website for Travel Booking Aggregator

Optimized the speed of a website that aggregated booking accommodations from different travel partners. Each travel partner website had its own API, and the aggregator website had to interrogate each of those in order to present to the user all the available accommodations for their selected travel destination and dates. The project was started by someone else, and I was brought in to optimize the loading speed of the offers. I decreased the loading time from over two minutes to just 10 to 20 seconds.
2007 - 2009

Master's Degree in Project Management

Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania

2003 - 2007

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science

University of Bucharest, Faculty of Informatics - Bucharest, Romania

MAY 2005 - PRESENT

Oracle Academic Initiative Coursework

University of Bucharest, Faculty of Informatics

JUNE 2004 - PRESENT

Fundamentals of Java Programming

InfoAcademy Romania

FEBRUARY 2002 - PRESENT

University of Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

Cambridge Assessment English

Libraries/APIs

jQuery, WordPress API, WordPress REST API, jQuery UI, WooCommerce API, REST APIs, React, Stripe

Tools

LearnDash, Git, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), Gutenberg Editor, Webpack, Trello, Figma, MATLAB, Microsoft Project, Cron, RabbitMQ, Lighthouse, Mercurial, Photoshop CS3

Frameworks

Twig, Vanilla JS, Divi, Laravel, CodeIgniter, Tailwind CSS

Languages

PHP 7, PHP, JavaScript, CSS3, HTML5, CSS, HTML, SCSS, C#, C#.NET, Visual FoxPro 9, Java, C++, SQL, PHP 5, Sass

Paradigms

Agile, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Responsive Web Design (RWD), B2B, Scrum

Platforms

Windows, WordPress, WooCommerce, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), Oracle, Linux, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Storage

MySQL, Redis

Industry Expertise

Project Management

Other

WordPress Themes, WordPress Plugins, PSD to WordPress, Page Speed Optimization, Site Speed Optimization, PSD Slicing, Yoast SEO, Learning Management Systems (LMS), SEO Tools, API Integration, Gravity Forms, Full-stack, APIs, eCommerce, WordPress Design, Theme Customization, HTML to WordPress, Ajax, WordPress SEO, Web Development, Front-end, Leadership, Performance Optimization, Custom Themes, Technical SEO, Technical Leadership, Full-stack Development, Landing Pages, Sports Websites, PDF, Cloudflare, UMD, English, IT Project Management, Message Queues, Elementor

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