Gavin Botica

Hello. I am a WordPress specialist and systems administrator based in Auckland, New Zealand. When I'm not flat-out running my WordPress hosting and support business: WP NET, I am sometimes available for freelance work.

About Me

I am a veteran front-end website developer — coding PHP, HTML, CSS and Javascript since 2001.

In 2005 I started operating my own servers; offering hosting and development services to my growing client list. Then, I discovered WordPress — and I’ve never looked back.

My technical experience bridges the WordPress ecosystem and hosting technology — positioning me well for complex, high-demand and enterprise-level WordPress projects.

Returning to NZ from Australia in 2009, I started planning my next move and in 2013 I launched WP NET, NZ’s first dedicated WordPress hosting and support business.

Pre-2000 I enjoyed a six-year career in music production. Most of that time as mastering and post-production engineer at (the now defunct) York Street Recording Studios.

My availability (and response time) varies with current workload, however — if you have a project you would like to discuss you can contact me.

Skills

WordPress

WORDPRESS

I discovered WordPress in 2005 and remember thinking: “this is gonna be big”. Now, it’s the world’s most popular CMS, powering almost 30% of all websites.

WordPress is at the core of everything I do. If I’m building an Ubuntu server – it’s so I can run a WordPress site. If I’m writing PHP or Javascript, chances are I’m building a WordPress site.

Development

As a freelance developer for more than 15 years, I have worked on hundreds of WordPress projects including e-commerce, mobile sites, complex user systems, forms, integrations and more. I’m well versed with WordPress frameworks and development best-practices.

While most of my work has been custom theme and WooCommerce development, I have also done plenty of plugin work, hack recovery, security hardening, performance optimisation, migrations and more.

Consultancy

Need a WordPress Expert at your next project meeting? Someone with in-depth knowledge of the platform, asking the right questions, providing the right answers?

If you have a large-scale or complex project in the planning or launching phase, I can help with scoping and feasibility, integration, hosting, deployment, security, performance tuning, compatibility issues and more.

Linux Server Administration

I have more than 10 years experience with web server and hosting systems management. I can help with provisioning, software and OS installation and upgrades, backups, migrations, automation, scripting and more.

I have considerable experience deploying WordPress to VPS, cloud and dedicated server environments.

  • Linux Systems Administration
  • Server provisioning and management
  • BASH and Python scripting
  • Web hosting stack set up configuration
  • Plesk, cPanel, WHM, ServerPilot, EasyEngine
  • Apache, Nginx and MySQL tuning
  • Caching & Performance

Front-end website development

I’ve been coding PHP, HTML, CSS and JavaScript for over 15 years.

Having worked on literally hundreds of web projects, I have acquired extensive experience with front-end web and mobile development, user interface engineering, information architecture and production.

I’ve built websites, web apps, e-commerce sites, landing pages, email templates, Javascript UI frameworks and more.

  • Web development
  • Mobile development
  • WordPress sites
  • HTML & email templates
  • UI libraries

Contact

If you would like to get in touch, please send me an email or message me on LinkedIn.

WordPress

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SERVICES: WordPress development & consultation, Linux server administration  and front-end development.
CODING: PHP, HTML, CSS, Javascript, BASH, Python.
USING: Windows, Linux Ubuntu & CentOS.