My journey toward being a freelance WordPress designer and developer started eight years ago, designing some quite basic websites with Dreamweaver on a part-time basis. I progressed to using my acquired HTML and CSS hand coding skills for the customization of templates and themes on various platforms including: WordPress, Joomla! and PrestaShop. As time went on, I looked towards areas of more specialized development such as developing my own WordPress templates using Bootstrap as a framework and WordPress Plugins.

Most of my work so far has been sourced through my own efforts with a combination of SEO, AdWords, networking and recommendations. This has brought me in a fair bit of work, but still not consistent enough to earn a decent wage from web design alone, which is why I have started to look at various job board type websites for freelancers. My impression of many of these regarding the way they operate, is that they are kind of parasitic on the freelancers with fees, and run things a bit like a developer’s cattle market. Anyone can apply for anything and there is no proper screening or matching going on; so long as they are making some money from freelancers, its fine with them. This is why I have decided to apply to the Toptal Web Engineers Group, they operate so differently, in the right way that serves everyone.

I am still growing as a designer and developer, but feel that I have something to offer in terms of my experience in certain areas of development, like my HTML and CSS hand coding skills for example. Also, I have some specific skills areas such as Bootstrap, Fabrik and Edge Animate, that may be of help to some. A lot of my past work has been gained and retained because I know how to be good with clients in terms of listening to them properly and explaining more technical things clearly, in non-jargon terms. This is clearly a factor that is taken into consideration in the Toptal screening process, as they understand how important the human element is to successful project collaboration.

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