Jonathan Bird Web Development

Experienced Freelance Web Developer Brisbane

Backed by over a decade of commercial experience, I build high performance websites for medium to large organisations that want to be industry leaders. Understanding your organisation and goals is at the core of my approach, creating high performance websites, custom web applications, and eCommerce solutions. Servicing Enterprise customers, Federal and State Government Departments and Agencies, and Not-for-Profit organisations.

Global Web Development Expertise

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Welcome to my corner of the digital world! I'm Jonathan Bird, a full-time freelance website designer and developer based in the sunny Brisbane, Australia. With more than a decade of commercial experience, I'm as excited about what I do as ever. Whilst I have a university degree in Information Technology (graduating with Distinction), I'm a firm believer in the power of self-teaching as it keeps me up to date with the latest trends and releases, enabling me to deliver proven solutions for my clients.

I specialise in developing quality websites, custom web applications, and eCommerce solutions that solve real-world problems. Servicing Enterprise customers, Federal and State Government Departments and Agencies, and Not-for-Profit organisations across Australia, namely focusing web development in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra. I've worked across a number of different industries with organisations of every size, which has given me the knowledge to create quality solutions for my clients that scale. From the visible parts of a website to the technical business logic and database structure behind the scenes, I handle all aspects to ensure a seamless user experience.

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I've worked with hundreds of amazing companies

  • Culture Kings
  • All4Adventure
  • Creative Conversions
  • Museum of Brisbane
  • Griffith University
  • Wotif Group
  • Impact Office Supplies
  • East Coast Bullbars
  • Triple P Positive Parenting Program
  • GUD Holdings
  • Brisbane South PHN
  • Brisbane Living Heritage

Solutions - I build quality solutions that deliver growth for my clients.

I've had the privilege of contributing to some of Australia's largest websites, web applications and eCommerce sites. This experience empowers me to offer clients optimal guidance and comprehensive solutions from start to finish.

Case Studies - Featured Website Projects

These showcased projects serve as a window into my expertise in the realm of website development. Carefully selected to represent a variety of platforms and solutions, they offer a glimpse into the diverse capabilities I bring to the table.

Algolia Site Search AWS Cloud Management Laravel Development

Impact Office Supplies eCommerce Website (B2B & B2C)

Impact Office Supplies is Australia’s leading independent office supplies store, enabling Australia-wide businesses and communities to order your office supplies online with ease.

AWS Cloud Management Laravel Development

All 4 Adventure Competition Website

Live the All 4 Adventure Dream is an exciting competition being run exclusively in conjunction with the telecast of All 4 Adventure giving viewers the chance to win $250K of prizes.

Shopify & Shopify Plus Development Laravel Development AWS Cloud Management

Culture Kings Shopify & Laravel Websites

Culture Kings had significant eCommerce growth and as one of the senior web developers employed, I was appointed in redesigning & developing their new website in Shopify, as well as their middleware application in Laravel.

Laravel Development AWS Cloud Management

Rumble's Quest Child Wellbeing Measurement & Reporting Platform

Rumble's Quest is a robust and reliable measure of social and emotional wellbeing for primary school children in Australia. The digital tools developed help to measure and report back to educators.

Laravel Development AWS Cloud Management

Inspiring Brighter Futures Foundation Digital Learning Platform

Leveraging video, animation and interactive activities, the Digital Learning Platform supports young people aged 12-13 years achieve mental wellbeing.

Statamic Development

Brisbane South PHN Website Refresh

Brisbane South PHN required a website refresh that would allow the health professionals in their region to easily find the information required, which involved a sitemap and menu overhaul, full content rewrite and refreshed design.

Platforms - I use platforms & technology that are built for scale.

The platforms & technologies that I develop on are trusted by the world's top companies. This means that the technologies you're adopting are designed to grow with your business, giving you confidence in their scalability.

Common questions that I get asked

I get asked a lot of questions about my services, and website project process. I have collated some of the most common questions that I get asked.

Do you work with small businesses who need a basic website?

These types of projects generally aren't a good fit for what I offer. I can however make a trusted recommendation for a Web agency or another freelance web developer for you to work with, whether that be a Laravel Developer Brisbane, or PHP Developer Australia and internationally. If you own or work for a company that's considered in the mid to large-sized range, you're a well-suited client for my freelance web development business.

How much do your freelance web development services cost?

It really depends on the requirements for the Web Development project - this is typically determined based on the technologies and platforms involved, the project size, and complexity. My rate is however higher than your average Freelance Web Developer due to my experience and knowledge of the web development space. An estimate of cost will be provided based on the scope of works required for the project before any work commences. It is important to consider that while my rate may be higher than most freelance web developers, I hold a lot of knowledge and expertise and my quality of work is at an international level.

How are freelance web developers different from web design agencies?

The difference between an experienced Freelance Web Developer and a Web Design Agency is that you are working directly with the person doing your work - I am a specialist in my field of web development, and can provide you with direct technical and business feedback based on your requests, whereas Digital Agencies all questions must go through communications people who you're paying for, just to receive filtered answers from the developer themselves. Freelance Web Developers tend to also have fewer clients than what an account manager or Web Design Agency has, so you will receive fast communication and quality work. You will find that the agency business model is to work on straight-forward projects that are profitable, and whilst they offer a "full-service" approach to their services, they are not experts in all areas and you will find that they generally employ intermediates and juniors to complete the majority of work, with seniors overseeing or reviewing.

Do you also work with clients that are based outside of Brisbane and Australia?

Whilst I am known for being a Brisbane-based Freelance Web Developer, I do also regularly work with clients throughout Australia, namely Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, and also globally. I can work with customers in the UK, the US, Canada, and many other countries. So yes, I'm a Freelance Web Developer in Brisbane, but I operate internationally.

Do you offer any other services besides web development, such as Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) or Digital Marketing?

No, I am a specialist in the field of web development. I specialise specifically in Laravel Development, PHP Development, Custom Web Applications, API & ERP Integrations, and Content Management System (CMS) websites (using platforms such as Wordpress and Statamic). To ensure that I only provide quality work that I am experienced in, I don't offer any other services such as SEO or Digital Marketing. I can however make a trusted recommendation for a Web agency, Digital agency, Advertising agency, or another freelance specialist for you to work with, whether that be a Digital Marketing Specialist, or SEO Consultant in Australia and internationally.

“Highly recommend Jonathan for anything web development in Brisbane and Australia-wide. Have worked with a lot of developers over the years and Jonathan’s work and communication on projects has been a clear standout. A very talent developer if you’re looking for anything from WordPress, Shopify, Laravel, or anything in-between.”
Brodie Clark Director, Brodie Clark SEO Consulting
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“Digital Bird is my first pick for delivering web projects on time, on budget and to the brief — every time. Beyond being a delight to work with, Jonathan Bird is that rare breed of developer who is both masterful on the tools (an absolute Laravel whizz!) while also being adept at engaging the client in UX-thinking, to which he applies expert insights, gained through years of experience, to help further improve the end design for the target user’s experience. This powerful combination of skills means that 4 years on and a variety of projects later (from search directories to corporate website developments), Digital Bird firmly remains my first pick for developer.”
Emma Keller Communications Manager, Brisbane South PHN
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“5 stars don’t reflect the real experience provided by Jonathan, but there aren’t more stars to give. Jonathan is the best in the business and is a dream to work with. He goes above and beyond for all requirements that Mobile Camera Security has and is the only developer that we will work with.”
Brandon Petterson Head of Technology, Mobile Camera Security
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“Jonathan Bird was instrumental in redesigning my business’ website and provided invaluable feedback throughout the entire process. The results far exceeded my expectations. They then went above and beyond and met all deadlines in revamping the site again, when we re branded our business. Jonathan has been managing our website updates and hosting ever since and, with more than 10 years industry experience, is always able to add value, solve problems and exceed expectations. I highly recommend him.”
Craig Dobbs Partner, Apiary Financial
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“Digital Bird has had a huge influence on our business providing many solutions besides just a fantastic reliable website. Jonathan is great to work with and has a solution to every challenge.”
Jeff Ross Director, Impact Office Supplies
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“Jonathan Bird is one of the best I have worked with in this space. He is responsive, clever and contributes to the brief, and most importantly, he is a great person to work with. It can be hard to find the right people who can take on something and lift it to another dimension. Jonathan does that and more.”
Mark Gold Director of Corporate Affairs, AMA Group Ltd
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