Hi there, I’m Jonathan.
If you’ve got a WordPress problem, I want to solve it!
You’re probably reading this because you clicked on my profile link to see more about me or we’re already chatting in a Codeable task room. There’s also a possibility you clicked on the ‘hire me’ link from my web site. Either way, I’m going to try and do the best job of introducing myself to you as I can, without boring you to death in the process. Hopefully by the time you finish this, you’ll be ready to work with me ;-).
How I work.
I’m a strong believer in the fact that every problem is solvable, one just needs to take the time to understand the problem. Every project is unique, and needs to be treated as such. Over the years I’ve learned that a patient developer spends time investigating and asking questions.
When we first start talking, I’ll probably ask you a few questions to make sure we both understand your requirements. This might lead to me suggesting a consultation. This is only because I feel the project is larger than we both realise and the requirements list needs to be fine tuned a bit before I can estimate properly.
During the initial communication process I may ask if I can make a backup of your site to install locally. This allows me to properly investigate your problem, and provide the correct solution. It also means I can make changes risk free, without affecting your live or staging environments. I’ll always ask for permission to do this first, just so that you know it’s being done.
Once I have confirmed what you need and we kick off the project, I’ll keep in touch with you constantly, with both project updates and any possible delays from my side. As a father of two this often just means I’ll be out for an hour fetching my son from school or running some errands for my wife. Either way, I’ll keep you in the loop as much as possible..
What it’s like working with me?
I’ve had the privilege of working with some great people, both internationally and locally. While my Codeable reviews are just below this profile, you can read the testimonials of some of my pre-Codeable clients on my testimonials page.
When I’m not working for great Codeable clients like yourself, I am lead developer at Castos, a podcast hosting service for the for WordPress.
In my free time I build (or contribute to) open source plugins, child themes and resources for WordPress developers and the WordPress community. You can also view a list of my WordPress plugins from my WordPress.org profile page.
I am passionate about education and the sharing of knowledge, so I still blog about web development and related topics, to help others learn, grow and build better websites with WordPress.
Get to know me
The quickest way to get to know me is to watch the two videos below.
The first is my Changing Lives video, in which I chat with Matteo from Codeable about what it means to me to be a self employed developer and how being part of Codeable aligns with that mindset.
The second is my WordCamp Cape Town 2016 talk, in which I discuss the importance of contributing to open source.
I’m also part of the Codeable Expert Vetting Team, helping Codeable staff with the process of reviewing new developer applications, specifically plugins.
I am a practitioner of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. 10+ years of training in jiu-jitsu has taught me some valuable lessons about timing and patience that I can bring into my development work. It’s also a great way to keep in shape and a wonderful form of stress release.
It was a true pleasure working with Jonathan. He was incredibly timely and maintained excellent communication throughout the project. He completed my requested custom API integration flawlessly. I would highly recommend Jonathan for Wordpress customization and API builds.
Jonathan is the type of developer that you want to have by your side. Knowing he's in your corner makes projects go smoothly without too much stress. He gets the job done and even when things get a bit challenging you can be sure that he'll handle it. I will definitely work with him on future projects.
Went above and beyond the initial task. Beautiful code! Thank you!
Jonathan did a great job!
He deserves no less. Excellent work, clear communication and very easy to work with.
Regular, clear, communication from Jonathan renders a sense of calm confidence in the client that his project is in good hands.