Hello! My name is Marco, and I am a Software Engineer from Italy.
I work as Lead Engineer and CTO of Black Studio, an agency which is also present here on Codeable with its Agency profile).

I have over 18 years of experience as Full Stack Developer with PHP/MySQL/JS/HTML/CSS development, of which the last 10 spent almost exclusively on WordPress projects. I’ve built more than 250 WordPress websites, also providing and managing hosting and ongoing support.

I’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. I’m often involved in bug reporting and fixing, and in making improvements that they adopted in the following releases.

I extensively use Genesis Theme Framework for most of my projects, either customizing existing child themes or building them from scratch. I do also have experience with WooCommerce solutions and related plugins. I do have a wide knowledge of existing free and commercial plugins, so for every WordPress problem, I’m 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 I take care of different kinds of tasks on existing sites, i.e. Speed Optimization, Security / Hardening, Data migration/conversion, etc.

I work every day side by side with designers, SEO specialists, content architects, that form my team in Black Studio. Thant’s why I’m able to take care of projects that require design, branding and SEO.

I 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 5.000.000 downloads with a 4.8/5 average rating.
This plugin is a good representation of the way I work: it’s simple, clean, solve straightforwardly and cleverly a common problem, and it’s loved by the users.

I also often contribute to other plugins and also to WordPress core.

Customer reviews

Marco Chiesi 2018-10-15T14:03:46Z 5
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Marco is a true professional. When you say WordPress expert, that's Marco by definition. WILL HIRE AGAIN. Highly recommended.

Goran Ljubuncic
Marco Chiesi 2017-10-26T18:41:03Z 5
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Our web site was running slower than a turtle, thanks to bloated code and some issues that had gradually developed over time. Marco came in and whipped the code into shape, and restored the performance we had been missing! When the others developers who bid on our project all said “you’re in good hands with Marco,” that’s the highest compliment one could give.

Mark Gillespie
Marco Chiesi 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
Marco Chiesi 2020-01-20T20:55:12Z 5
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Marco was thorough, precise and trustworthy. He was very diligent in assessing my needs and was able to provide the best possible solution based on my time/cost/quality constraints. I am looking forward to working with Marco and his team again.

Frank Calabretta
Marco Chiesi 2019-12-31T11:00:20Z 5
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Disponibile ed elastico nelle richieste. Lo ingaggerò sicuramente per altri lavori.

Niccolò Falaschi
Marco Chiesi 2019-11-18T22:50:27Z 5
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Marco is a great asset and has helped me numerous times.

Evelyn McKelvie
Marco Chiesi 2019-11-08T12:27:35Z 5
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Jeff Murnan
Marco Chiesi 2019-10-08T08:08:47Z 5
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As always, the best of the best. Communication, responsiveness, professionalism.

Goran Ljubuncic
Marco Chiesi 2019-10-07T18:30:14Z 5
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Because he was great and extremely efficient in solving our problem. I also really appreciated the creativity in proposing and finding alternative options to address our challenges. He's very fast in responding and very helpful in supporting the process step by step, even for people who are not website masters!

Serena Olgiati
Marco Chiesi 2019-09-27T10:51:13Z 5
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Carley Alchin
Marco Chiesi 2019-06-06T09:09:08Z 5
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Marco is a rare breed of knowledgable developers that are actually great communicators as well. Will work with again most definitely!

Goran Ljubuncic
Marco Chiesi 2019-05-03T18:47:13Z 5
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Ted Dillard
Marco Chiesi 2019-04-15T17:44:47Z 5
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Lucia Prosperi
Marco Chiesi 2019-02-20T14:53:20Z 5
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Mario Reatti
Marco Chiesi 2018-12-20T06:37:42Z 5
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Evelyn McKelvie