How can we generate most value together?
It’s all about you. I want your business to thrive, that’s the ultimate goal. I am genuinely interested in your needs, which means having a deep understanding of your situation and context first. To achieve this, I’ll ask you precise questions and actually pay very careful attention to what you are saying.
When I’m sure that my knowledge about you and your project is sufficient, I will propose the best and most valuable solutions. There are often multiple possible solutions, and I will work with you on picking the most appropriate one for you and your project. The one which will bring you the most value and actually solve your problem.
After we put together the scope of the work, I will take over your project and take care of all the development and micromanagement for you, leaving you with more free time to focus on other things.
You’ll be working only with me, personally. I do not have any employees or team-members. This way, I can be sure that I’ll provide you with the smoothest experience possible. And you will have access to my 12+ years of IT experience.
Why work with me?
I have a wide range of knowledge. From understanding the psychology of personality, health and longevity, ethics, sociology, statistics, decision making, economics, marketing to conducting business on the internet and profound, technical, and complex web development knowledge.
I enjoy actively listening to my clients, mapping their world, defining their needs and needs of their business, and providing suggestions and solutions, which will maximize their business value.
Thanks to this mixture of know-how and honest interest in human beings, I’m able to deconstruct things to the smallest components and understand them. This translates into the ability to take the smallest pieces, combine them correctly together and build general visions and strategies for small and medium businesses. And implement tactical-level IT solutions.
To put this in concrete words: I can be your partner in everything related to your web presence.. I can understand how your business works and then help you to take the proper steps in the internet world.
How I communicate
I have over a decade of experience with managing in-house and remote workers, so I know exactly what it’s like to hire someone remotely. When you can’t see the hired person face-to-face, one of the most important things is being constantly informed and up to date so you can make the right decisions and have everything under control. Just like it would be when sharing the same office space. I have a habit of reporting to my clients on a regular basis, so you won’t need to urge me for updates on the progress. I am also the person who will be doing the hands-on work on your project to maintain a close connection. This way, I can share all the important information with you and have no details lost in communication.
Why Choose Me?
My life spins exclusively around WordPress for more than 10 years now. It is my daily bread, having WordPress on my mind as a first thing when waking up and the last thing when falling asleep. I probably did every single thing one could do with it:
– Developed over 40 premium themes and plugins which have been purchased by 50,000+ customers
– Built dozens of great websites for our clients
– Completed hundreds of complex customizations
– Solved thousands of support requests from our worldwide community
– Developed technically advanced, in-house, fully OOP WP Framework
I have not only strong technical skills as a Senior WP Fullstack developer, but I also have a master’s degree in Business and Finance. I can also offer you an experienced view from the entrepreneurial perspective. I can help you with MVPs, KPI dashboards, upselling strategies, etc. I will do my best to present you with solutions that would bring you the most value and leverage your effort while taking into account your situation.
From my blog
- TomHerudek.com – WordPress Developer
- Always act in the client’s best interest
- Productive hour of deep work – how I measure time on projects
- How to choose the right WordPress hosting environment
- Implementation of advanced functionality
- 3rd party API integrations
- Ecommerce (WooCommerce)
- LMS (Sensei, LearnDash)
- Membership portals
- Listings and directory sites (e.g., real estate)
- Creating custom functionality
- Scraping (python, phantom.js)
- Importing/exporting data
- Automation (e.g., invoice to PDF export)
- CRUD interfaces
- Special animations/effects
- Advanced forms and questionnaires (Gravity Forms, AJAX, CRM integration)
- Complex plugin and theme customization
- Creating sophisticated staging deployment environment using Git VCS
- Existing websites
- Site migration
- Custom design to WordPress or HTML5
- Equipped to work with PSDs, Sketch, XD, …
- 1:1 conversion using our own WP theme (http://arktheme.com), highly cost-effective compared to other themes or custom theming
- 1:1 conversion to HTML5
- Performance/speed optimization
- Reducing loading times of assets with CDN servers across the globe
- SSL/TLS offloading to dedicated SSL acceleration devices doing all of the encryption computing
- PHP profiling and bottleneck discovery
- Assets minification and compression
- 95%+ on YSlow, GTMetrix, PageSpeed Insights
- First Contentful Paint
- Above the fold CSS/JS extraction
- Optimizing server loading time
- Gzip configuration
Ark WordPress Theme
What do you do when you need a flexible tool for building client websites, and you can’t find one? You build your own. After a year of all-hands-on-deck development, the “Ark”, a WordPress theme for freelancers, has been born.
It is consistently one of the most popular (and best rated) themes and has been purchased by more than 10,000 customers, validating our innovative approach. We work daily on keeping it up-to-date and fresh with new content.
Full website development for Topheizung AG
Patrik runs a heating renovations company in Switzerland, and they needed a responsive, highly converting, and fast website as a cornerstone for their business.
We built it on top of our Ark theme, and you are more than welcome to see the direct result at https://topheizung.ch/. We have also assisted him with creating a highly customized form/questionnaire for generating leads at https://topheizung.ch/heizungsrechner/.
Real estate listings API
Jarmo’s client is in the real estate business. He is managing the properties using 3rd party real estate server and wanted to have the listings mirrored on his website as well. We did the full API integration with his real estate provider and created a self-updating listing of the properties on his website.
Premium real estate listings behind a paywall
Ryan’s client wanted a system where house and apartment owners could post their real estate for rent. Where users could send reactions to property owners, but only after paying an unlocking fee. Ryan took care of the design, and we have created the custom backend functionality.
Custom LearnDash+WooCommerce plugin
Jason wanted to limit his LearnDash courses only to a max of 2 attempts per purchase. We have handled this by coding a custom plugin that is co-operating with WooCommerce and LearnDash.
Customising Sensei website
Gabriel is running a learning platform on a Sensei plugin. He needed advanced customization of the Sensei plugin so it would exactly fit his needs. For example, alter the grading system, require users to watch videos before taking tests, generate various reports and certificates, and more. We have rolled up our sleeves and did all the complex work so Gabriel could just focus on his platform.
The majority of my time revolves around WordPress development. In my free time, I really enjoy sports like gymnastics and beach volleyball. I love spending time with my family and friends on various occasions, mainly connected with good food or exploring places.
Working with Tom was very pleasant and exceeded my expectations. He implemented the project quickly and thought it through well. Until next time!
Excellent consultation and gave me great confidence in his ability. His style was personable and professional and his educational background and other business acumen provides a well-rounded perspective on web-based businesses!
Tom gave valuable input for my project. His expertise and experience is vast. He can not only answer technical questions, but marketing related as well. I can fully recommend him as consultant.
Tom is incredible to work with. His promptness, clarity, and daily progress gave me full confidence that he would be able to solve my problem. He asked multiple clarifying questions when he didn't understand my use case. This lead to a solution that was actually what I needed rather than what he may have assumed if he didn't ask for more details. Additionally, our work days only overlapped by ~2 hours because of time zone differences. Every morning when I woke up, I saw a message from Tom about his progress on the last day or a question that he had. We were able to clarify it while we were both working. Then I would awake the next morning to more progress. Absolutely wonderful experience with Tom from start to finish. I highly recommend him and he will be the first one I look to if I need help in the future.
Tom is the best!:)
Tom helped me a lot. Fast, professional and very helpful and competent. Tom indicates very clearly what he is going to do and makes it happen. I'm sure I'll reach out again if needed Tom! Thank you very much!
Was very happy with Toms work and assistance with a changing scope.
Tom was very helpful and went above and beyond with providing very helpful advice for my complicated project.
Tom did a great job communicating with me throughout the project. In the beginning, there was a miscommunication but once that was worked out, the project went well. Happy to work together in the future.
Excellent to work with Tom. He took on a mystery (that in the end neither of us had ever seen before despite decades of combined experience)- and solved the issue. Highly recommend.