WordPress powers more than a third of all websites on the internet. It’s a powerful and flexible open source content management system. Since 2006 I have been building sites, online shops with WordPress and coaching teams to use it as their platform of choice.
With it’s huge community and ecosystem, WordPress can be used for simple sites, complex ecommerce solutions and enterprise portals alike. Let me help you find the perfect freelancer or agency for your next website or get your team up to speed with WordPress.
Let’s build and ship together
Get it built
Finding a great freelancer or agency for your next project can be difficult. Having worked on both sides, as agency owner and as a client, I can help you getting your briefing ready, vetting the proposals and selecting an agency or freelancer that matches your budget and needs.
Are you planning to build a new WordPress site and are unsure what ecommerce platform, membership solution, event booking system to build upon? Let us discuss your technical specifications and I’ll ask the right questions, so you can start building with confidence.
Don’t fear change
Are you or your clients stuck with a slow and expensive legacy CMS? Let me bring your team up to speed with WordPress to ship faster. We will cover all you need: Theme development, plugin development, site migration, user roles and capabilities and how to do maintenance.
Clients trusting my expertise
Silvan is someone who gets the web. He understands how we’ve evolved beyond websites into a digital realm with many different moving pieces. If your organization is looking for more than just a developer — but a digital partner driving business value, hire him.
WordPress wouldn’t thrive without it’s inclusive and diverse community. For many years I’ve been part of this global community and volunteered as an organizer and speaker for WordCamps (WordPress conferences) and the WordPress Zürich meetup (local meetup group).
- WordPress Zurich Meetup – Co-Organizer
- WordCamp Zurich 2019 – Co-Organizer
- WordCamp Europe Berlin 2019 – Sponsoring team
- WordCamp Bern 2017 – Volunteer
- WordCamp Switzerland 2015 – Co-Organizer
- WordCamp Switzerland 2014 – Co-Organizer
Apart from organizing meetups and WordCamps, I had the honour to speak at many events in the past and share my knowledge with audiences across Europe, here are a few talks:
- From Hobby to Agency to Pursuing My Dream – WordCamp Lausanne 2018
- The WP REST API is a Game Changer – WordCamp Geneva 2016
- How I Learned to Start Caring and Love the User – 4th UXBrunch Zurich
- A UX Design Process for Building an Open Source Plugin – WordCamp Europe 2015, WordCamp Cologne 2015
- Multisite On A Tight Budget – WordCamp London 2015, WordCamp Switzerland 2014
Recommended WordPress plugins, themes & services
The WordPress ecosystem offers multiple ways to solve any problem you might run into. There are 50’000+ free plugins available on the official plugin repository and around 5000+ free themes as well. Sometimes those are not enough and you are looking for a premium theme or plugin to fulfill your needs, here are my recommendations for some of the best plugins, themes and services for WordPress:
WP Migrate DB Pro – Site and database migrations
A long time favorite, this plugin and it’s amazing extensions allow you to easily migrate the database, media files, even plugins and themes from one instance of your WordPress website to another. It takes a lot of pain out of site migrations and copying an entire site to another server or to your local development environment become an easy task. Check out WP Migrate DB Pro from the company with the best name in the business: Delicious Brains Inc.
Gravity Forms – Easily build complex forms
From a simple contact form (like the one on this site), to basic ecommerce solutions or surveys and quizzes to signup forms connected to any newsletter service or CRM. The possibilities with Gravity Forms are endless, it offers a great interface for the end user and a powerful API for developers. There are countless form builders for WordPress out there, IMHO none match Gravity Forms from Rocketgenius.
More of my favorite plugins will follow shortly.
GeneratePress – Lightweight multipurpose theme
Since 2006 I have built and used countless themes for WordPress. I even built a starter theme that we used at required for quite a few high-profile clients. As a developer, I enjoy the freedom GeneratePress gives me. As an online marketeer I’m impressed by the performance and flexibility. With the premium add-on (which I highly recommend) you get the flexibility to build impressive sites without much coding necessary. With constant updates and an excellent customer support, I couldn’t be happier. Check out GeneratePress and it’s premium add-on for your next project.
Elmastudio – Beautiful niche themes
Ellen and Manuel build beautiful themes that help you stand out from the crowd. If you need a theme to start a new blog quickly or want a beautiful portfolio site or run an ecommerce site, be sure to check out their amazing themes. In case you are new to the world of WordPress, Ellen teaches a few classes on WordPress and blogging in general. So be sure to check out Elmastudio.
There are countless resources available to improve your WordPress game, from theme development, to plugin development, performance and hosting WordPress at scale. Here are some of my favorites:
Official handbooks & code reference
The official handbooks are the go to solution for almost anything regarding WordPress development. On the official WordPress website, you will find WordPress Developer Resources. This growing collection of code references and handbooks will teach you how to build plugins, themes, how to use the the WordPress command line interface, the REST API and soon everything about the new block editor. Be sure to bookmark the site and visit it regularly.
More of my favorite places to improve your skills, will follow shortly.
Articles on WordPress
Here are my latest posts on WordPress containing ready to use code snippets, reviews and opinions on plugins, tools and much more: