Hi there, I’m Jonathan.
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 ;-).
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.
If you’ve got a WordPress problem, I want to solve it!
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.
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.
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.
Jonathan has been nothing short of a god send. I had a very short contract of work with him to assist with assessing resource requirements for my project and he was incredibly efficient grasping the scope of work required and quickly set about assisting with a talent search. We have one consultant on board already and a good list of potential candidates for a second position to work with. I was very impressed with Jonathan's professionalism. Thank you, Tony Vetter
Jonathan was thorough, flexible and communicated clearly about the challenges and progress along the way. Even as the brief developed into something different, he was proactive in running with the changes and keeping the end goal in mind. Thank you Sir!
Went above and beyond the initial task. Beautiful code! Thank you!
Because Jonathan gives five star work. It's not all that complicated why.
Jonathan has just completed an examination of the issue I have on my website. Perception : Very thorough and genuine.
Because Jonathan is 5 star. Simple. He's just getting started on things we'd like you guys to do for us.
Because it's the truth. Simple
Really went above and beyond to complete this project. Very pleased with the final result, will gladly work with Jonathan again in the future!
Jonathan is a ROCKSTAR! He is a pleasure to work with and quite the Wordpress wizard :)
feels expensive at this point in the project. I would like a more thorough ownership of what the actual goal is. As an expert you might want to explain your work in more detail and offer suggestions to make sure your customers feel like your on their side.
Would appreciate more attention to this site if this is how we will transact. It took more time that i would have liked to communicate.
Jonathan has helped with several projects and I could not be more pleased with his work. Will be working with him in the future!