I am the CEO and founder of Black Studio, a web agency specialized in WordPress development, design, SEO, SEM and hosting.


Our team includes engineers, developers, designers, SEO and SEM specialists, content architects; so we’re able to take care of complex projects that require a wide range of skills.


We have over 18 years of experience in website development, and we work almost exclusively on WordPress projects since 2010. We’ve built more than 300 WordPress websites over the years, also providing and managing hosting and ongoing support.

We’ve specialized in advanced customizations of the backend and frontend of WordPress, and integrations with 3rd party services. I extensively work with OnTheGoSystems products like Toolset plugins and WPML, and I’m also in their consultants list with my agency. We’re often involved in bug reporting and fixing, and in making improvements that they adopted in the following releases.

We extensively use Genesis Theme Framework for most of our projects, either customizing existing child themes or building them from scratch. We do also have experience with WooCommerce solutions and related plugins. We do have a wide knowledge of existing free and commercial plugins, so for every WordPress problem, we’re able to find a solution either based on existing plugins, or develop it from scratch when no other solution is available, or sometimes use a mix of the two approaches.

Often we take care of different kinds of tasks on existing sites, i.e. Speed Optimization, Security / Hardening, Data migration/conversion, etc.

We developed some free WordPress plugins that are available on the official WordPress plugin repository. The most popular is Black Studio TinyMCE Widget, which is in the list of the top 30 popular plugins on wordpress.org, and it is often included in blog articles listing the best or more popular plugins (i.e. GoDaddy’s top 100). It counts more than 9.000.000 downloads with a 4.8/5 average rating.
This plugin is a good representation of the way we work: it’s simple, clean, solve straightforwardly and cleverly a common problem, and it’s loved by the users.

We are active members of the WordPress community, as WordCamp speakers, Meetup/WordCamp organizers, Polyglots and Core Contributors

We work on Codeable since 2015.

Customer reviews

Francesco Canovi | Black Studio 2017-09-08T10:19:08Z 5
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From the very first moment on, Marco has been an outstanding dev & communicator - everything done as expected and always way before the deadline. I'd vouch for him and will be working with him in the future for sure!

Gilberto Fernandes
Francesco Canovi | Black Studio 2017-07-06T13:57:21Z 5
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Marco's been very reactive, efficient and understood perfectly the project, right away. He has done a great job in a short time (3 hours between the moment I launched the project and the moment it is done). thanks a lot, I'll get back to you in the future.

Adrien Jeanson
Francesco Canovi | Black Studio 2017-07-02T19:53:20Z 5
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Fast and efficient, delivered all functionality with a strong technical approach.

Jeff Murnan
Francesco Canovi | Black Studio 2019-03-18T14:10:57Z 5
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Great Professionalism, quick answering, team very skilled, everything was really smooth! -- Grande team, risposte velocissime, grande empatia per il cliente e professionalità. Super Consigliati!

Matteo Vicino
Francesco Canovi | Black Studio 2018-06-04T21:18:30Z 5
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Stacey Cook
Francesco Canovi | Black Studio 2017-09-12T09:55:57Z 5
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Absolutely awesome & fast work. Thank you!

Gilberto Fernandes
Francesco Canovi | Black Studio 2017-07-11T14:02:09Z 5
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Jeff Murnan
Francesco Canovi | Black Studio 2017-07-10T23:00:31Z 5
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Marco is such an excellent developer. He delivers things on time, and always goes the extra mile to make sure things are done right. Will definitely hire again!

Alejandro Pinzon
Francesco Canovi | Black Studio 2017-07-03T16:26:43Z 5
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Preciso, puntuale e competente

max dal bo
Francesco Canovi | Black Studio 2017-06-09T00:16:54Z 3
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John Shultz
Francesco Canovi | Black Studio 2017-03-22T16:18:02Z 5
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Great job and very thorough. It took a bit longer than estimated to complete the task, but the theme switch was still done in under two weeks and everything looks and feels great. Alls well that ends well, right? It honestly was a smooth process throughout. Very responsive team. Would work with them again and again!!

Jenny Finke
Francesco Canovi | Black Studio 2017-03-16T09:39:41Z 5
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I really appreciated the professional approach and the clear tech spec that is giving us the opportunity to evaluate how to proceed for our project' completion.

paolo paoletti
Francesco Canovi | Black Studio 2017-03-03T19:40:38Z 5
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Marco was very efficient at trying to find the best way to accomplish the task. He gave me alternatives that suits my timeline and budget. Very fast and good code. Very Satisfied and will would work with him again!

Annie N
Francesco Canovi | Black Studio 2017-02-28T22:40:25Z 5
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Marco fixed in a smooth and fast way my webpage that was down after a failed multilingual CMS plugin upgrade and reinstallation attempts and that could only be restarted with the plugin deactivated.

Fernando Pimenta
Francesco Canovi | Black Studio 2017-01-23T00:56:02Z 5
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These guys were extremely patient and very helpful in explaining things to a complete novice!

linda cook