Outsourcing is full of mediocre work, frustration and broken promises, but it doesn't have to be that way. A strong customer focussed approach and 15+ years of web development experience do make a difference.
Good clients don't want cheap, they want good. When you work with me, you can expect high quality results, clear and ethical communication, attention to detail, an eye for aesthetics, and a personalised, professional and friendly service.
I have worked with Wordpress since it was just a "cool" blogging system for pimply faced geeks and have advanced knowledge of:
I provide reliable site maintenance and support without locking you into monthly or annual maintenance contracts, including:
I understand how business systems can be improved through smart technologies and have real world development experience with:
I have extensive experience in building ecommerce content management systems and have deep knowledge of Wordpress. I have also designed and developed groupware systems, web portals, online catalogues, complex database driven systems, webmail applications, and intranets.
Ivan is highly experienced and that comes through as a huge benefit immediately. Ivan is in fact fixing a project that had been poorly managed to start with. His hourly rate is so worth it, saving me money by helping me make better decisions.
Tammy Hamawi / Sydney, New South Wales, AUS
Ivan has officially set the bar with his stellar communication, incredible ability to manage time and his deep and thorough understanding of Wordpress. As a result, the completion of my project was not only done to perfection, but has exceeded my expectations. It's been refreshing to work with such a true professional and expert.
Sarah Loukota / Tempe, Arizona, USA
Ivan was excellent and took charge end to end for successful execution.
Nivas Anisetti / Slough, Berkshire, GBR
Ivan quickly understood my requirements and was able to provide several thoughtful and clearly explained solutions to achieve them, broken down into actionable items. Will happily work with him again.
Lucy Singer / Somers, Victoria, AUS
Ivan is an outstanding developer. He takes time to plan and think through the best way to accomplish each task. He takes longer to get coding, but the result is far better and more stable code. I was pleasantly surprised each time that he went back and refactored the code (made it easier to read, easier to update, and easier to maintain). I wholeheartedly endorse Ivan for work in Wordpress, database development, HTML, Jquery, MySQL and PHP. He is a great person, a great coder, and a pleasure to work with.
David Edelman / Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Perfect service, perfect work. Great communication, everything completed in a timely manner and well documented. Ivan is exactly what you need.
Tim Nieuwenhuis / Sydney, New South Wales, AUS
After trawling through three other website designers, who all missed the mark, didn't complete briefs or just couldn't follow the concept of the site required and left me with an unfinished and useless website, I found Ivan. He followed the brief, was creative enough to quickly interpret my needs and the proof was in the Wordpress website he helped set up. He was also personable, available to answer queries when needed, and didn't just do the job but educated me as to why something needed to be done, I always felt that I was dealing with an honest and creative person and have no qualms in hiring, Ivan for future work.
Lou Henry / London, GBR
Ivan has been a pleasure to work with. He's trustworthy, accurate, honest, and on time with projects. We have worked with Ivan on multiple projects for our small business ranging from backend development to emergency fixes! Ivan has particularly helped us with our Woocommerce and Sensei apps and helped us in emergency situations get our site up and running again after updates. We recommend Ivan for all of your needs & development. He's been wonderful to work with and very responsive to our needs.
Alana McGee / Seattle, Washington, USA
Really great work on our project. Highly recommended.
Tyson Loffredo / Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Ivan is fantastic to work with. Highly recommend. Attention to detail, completes jobs in a timely manner, responsive to our requests, and great at problem solving. We plan on continuing to work with Ivan on projects big and small.
Kristin Rosenbach / Arlington, Washington, USA
Attention to detail is crucial in web development. When Ivan joined our team that assembled a groupware collaboration product for franchise management and lead generation, he was able to thoroughly demonstrate how important it is to select the right personnel - i.e. the ones that are thorough, stay focussed when under pressure and able to clearly see the big picture even when involved in the minute details. Our system included CRM, calendar, addressbook, helpdesk, project management, notes, instant messaging, etc. Its success was largely due to having the right team.
Mick Both / Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
Ivan is very responsive and a pleasure to work with. He also has reasonable rates. My organization has needed multiple quick fixes to our website over the past year and Ivan was able to complete the job well and very quickly.
Sam Brundrett / New York City, New York, USA
Many thanks for the work you've done. We're delighted with the improvement to our site and you have certainly covered the issues we requested. I have no doubt we'll be calling on you again in the not too distant future.
Sue James / Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
Ivan is an outstanding programmer for projects that you need done right. He is thoughtful and meticulous in his work. His code is readable, well-commented, and intelligently done. He can think through a complex process, identify the important steps, and craft a solid solution.
David Edelman / Cleveland, Ohio, USA
I would recommend anyone who is serious about building a professional and effective website, to consider engaging Ivan's services. He not only sets up, and maintains a website for you that is technically sound. More importantly, he has a wealth of knowledge about how to design a site that will ensure it achieves your objectives. His guidance and coaching was invaluable to me, and I am very happy with the outcome.
Tom Cartwright / Sydney, New South Wales, AUS
His patience and knowledge is second to none and made the task so much easier than I thought. He gave me tasks to complete so that I would learn more about managing my websites, however if I had problems in getting things right he had no problems in answering and explaining my queries. I would thoroughly recommend Ivan's services especially to someone like myself who is not the most computer literate.
Hazel Jones / Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
Thank you for creating a custom application for my agency. I had tried a number of other software developers, none of whom were able to produce what I needed. The whole thing was becoming very frustrating, until we were introduced to you. Your efforts in producing exactly what I required have made me refer to you as the "guru" of software development.
Anthony Romano / Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
Ivan was much more than a developer in our team. He was someone with ideas who would always look for ways to do things better and improve the service we delivered to customers. Not just because it was his job, but because he has a passion for creating a positive customer experience. It was a pleasure to have worked with someone who injected so much colour as well as experience into our department.
David Reaburn / Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
I have known and worked with Ivan for an extensive period of time and consider him to be an excellent, straightforward and hard-working IT professional. He is incredibly knowledgeable and well versed in web technology and I have always been impressed by his excellent technical skills and strong work ethic. Ivan has always been a valuable and trusted person who is willing to share his extensive expertise in a professional and constructive way. I highly regard Ivan and would highly recommend his services to anyone who wants to grow their web presence with the highest level of professionalism, consistency and reliability.
Roderick van Buuren / Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
In the areas where we were sensitive to pageload, Ivan took the time to benchmark the performance, optimize the database queries, and create a caching solution to minimize the impact on the website. This type of thoughtfulness is typical to his level of work. We look forward to working with Ivan again and highly recommend him to anyone looking for a project done right.
David Edelman / Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Working with Ivan has been easy on our end, and all work has gone smoothly. Ivan was sensitive to our concerns and worked with us to achieve viable creative solutions. We were apprehensive about our time difference (we are in the US, he is in Australia) as the nature of problems that arise usually require immediate maintenance, but Ivan was fantastic with response and communication. We would highly recommend him for any other campaigns, and it has been a pleasure to work with him and we would be delighted to continue to do so on future projects.
Alana McGee / Seattle, Washington, USA
The software programming in which you participated for our company have all proven very successful. Your assistance in both seeing the "big picture" and attention to detail is appreciated. This has been evident in the quality of the web designs you produced.
Paul Stancill / Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
Ivan worked on a project I was managing for around 12 months as a software developer. Ivan proved to not only be a very talented and innovative programmer but also a great team player and was quickly identified as a very dependable and reliable resource. He never missed a deadline and always delivered quality. He picked up new technologies and languages quickly and has fastidiously maintained his industry knowledge to ensure that he was able to make the most of the technology available in the market place.
Ian Baker / Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
I worked with Ivan as a developer on Telstra's mobile space about a year. Besides being a very passionate and professional team member, Ivan is always very forthcoming and it was a pleasure to work with him. Ivan is always on the lookout for the best possible way to develop himself personally as well as professionally. Ivan has excellent relationship building skills and the knowledge and contributions he brings to his workplace are first rate and value driven. I highly recommend Ivan for any challenging opportunity.
Ahmet Akbal / Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
In working with Ivan, it is clear that he is well versed in his trade - to take a client's information management needs, and to turn it into the tailor-made database they've been looking for. His superior analytical nature, solid knowledge of database technologies and dry humour make Ivan a valuable resource in planning for information management when you need efficient, deployable, scalable database systems.
Paul Foley / Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
Ivan's extensive knowledge and experience was (and still is) highly valued by our organisation because it ensured that the work he completed was of a high standard, delivered on schedule and within our budget. Ivan's excellent communication skills meant that he understood our client's and our requirements. His ability to effectively communicate his ideas based on his knowledge, in-depth understanding of our business requirements and goals ensured that all parties were extremely satisfied with the results of his solutions and quality of work.
Steve Yanko / Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
Ivan is forthright, innovative, and shows a high level of skill and knowledge in web related programming. He is capable of delivering practical solutions to technically challenging problems.
Krishna Kattula / Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
Ivan's technical skills are exceptional and I can still always trust him to know exactly what is happening on the cutting edge of his field. Ivan is very dedicated to his work and develops great professional relationships that extend to great personal relationships as appropriate. Despite not working together for some time, over the years he has shared with me many professional hints and tips, plus more than a few laughs and drinks.
Rachel Henderson / Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
Ivan is simply the best bloody programmer I've ever had the pleasure of working with. And over the years, I've worked with quite a few!
Cathy Stahel / Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
I prefer to work with smart and organised clients who value quality, ethics, integrity, openness, respect, and humanity. Does that sound like you?
I also have extensive and real world business experience with a number of database management systems, including MYSQL, Postgress, Oracle, SQL Server, Ingress, Access, Universe, and even Pick.
I'm an outspoken advocate of the importance of software usability, web standards-driven and accessible design, and I strongly believe that user interfaces should be intuitive and simple to use.
I have personally written a number of Wordpress plugins over the years and have contributed to several popular Wordpress projects on Github, including Woocommerce, Formidable Forms, Members, Sensei and Ninja Forms. From time to time, I also contribute to the web design and development community on Stack Overflow and help Upwork improve their platform for clients and freelancers.
I live and work in Melbourne's beautiful Yarra Valley, and in my spare time I'm into fishing, photography, music from the 70s, rustic cooking, good wine, and I apparently know "way too much" about movies.
If you're considering working with me on your next web development project and would like a custom quotation, please email or call me to discuss your requirements.
Before we can work together, please understand that as a professional web developer, I can't help you with "urgent jobs" or take on projects that are smaller than a day. I aim for long-term relationships, not a quick buck.