Gavin Botica

Hello. I am a WordPress specialist and Linux systems administrator based in Auckland, New Zealand.


Gavin Botica

SERVICES: WordPress development & consultation, Linux web server administration
CODING: PHP, HTML, CSS, Javascript, BASH, Python
ON: Windows, Ubuntu & CentOS.

About Me

I am a full-stack website developer and Linux system administrator. I trained in web development way back in 2001, at the Computer Graphics College in Sydney, Australia. Upon graduation, I worked as a freelance front-end developer for around 12 years — coding PHP, ColdFusion, HTML, CSS and Javascript.

In 2005 I started operating my own servers; offering hosting and development services to my growing client list. I taught myself Linux, and I now have over 10 years experience with BASH, MySQL, Python and server administration.

My broad 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 varies with current workload, however — if you have a project you would like to discuss you can contact me.



WordPress is at the core of everything I do. I discovered WordPress in 2005 and remember thinking: “this is gonna be big”. Now, it’s the world’s most popular CMS.


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.


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 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

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

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