Experienced Freelance Web Developer Brisbane
Backed by over a decade of commercial experience, I build high performance websites for medium to large businesses that want to be industry leaders. Understanding your business and goals is at the core of my approach, creating high performance websites, custom web applications, and eCommerce solutions.
Global Web Development Expertise
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. 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.
I've worked with hundreds of amazing companies
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.
Custom Web Applications
When off-the-shelf solutions don't meet your business needs, develop a custom web application.
Web Design & Development
Deliver real results with your website, through a design and content that is crafted for your target audience, and aligns with your wider business goals.
B2B eCommerce Development
Seamlessly integrate your internal systems to deliver a reliable and scalable eCommerce site that supports the growth of your business.
D2C eCommerce Development
Personalise your D2C site to increase conversions, revenue and order values.
Business Software Integrations
Seamlessly integrate your business software with your website, with reliable integrations that you can count on.
Website Maintenance Retainers
Keeping a website up-to-date is crucial to ensuring it's working at maximum performance, and retaining visitors.
Request a Custom Solution
There's not much on the web that I can't work with. Contact me to discuss your options.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rumbles 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.
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.
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.
Freelance Laravel Development
Laravel is PHP's leading web application framework for developing quality web applications that can scale up to enterprise level and high traffic situations. Laravel is my web application framework of choice and is used by top companies such as The New York Times, Twitch, Disney, and Warner Brothers. As an experienced Laravel Developer in Brisbane, I have developed many Laravel applications including Impact Office Supplies' B2B and B2C eCommerce website, All 4 Adventure's competition website, Rumbles Quest - a child wellbeing reporting tool by Griffith University, and many more.
Freelance Shopify Development
Shopify is a commercial solution for growing digital brands. Having worked at Culture Kings as a Senior Developer migrating the popular streetwear brand from Magento to Shopify Plus, I got to see the inner workings of one of the first, and later biggest Shopify customers in the Asia Pacific region, meaning I know what works and what doesn't when it comes to Shopify and Shopify Plus Development. I have also worked as a freelance Shopify Plus developer in Brisbane with other top brands such as Beginning Boutique, a popular female fashion brand.
Freelance Wordpress Development
43% of the web is built on WordPress. More businesses, and Fortune 500 companies use WordPress than all other options combined. Having been a web developer for over a decade, I have worked with it from day one through to now, with many custom Wordpress websites, plugins, and integrations developed including sites for AMA Group Ltd, Brisbane South PHN, All 4 Adventure, Epic Pharmacy, Icon Group, East Coast Bullbars and many more.
Freelance Statamic Development
Statamic is a modern, clean, and highly adaptable content management system that can run full-stack, headless, on flat files or databases, & as an static site generator. WordPress is targeted at simpler informational sites, while Statamic is designed specifically to build and manage bespoke (custom) websites, and can scale beautifully when integrated as part of an existing Laravel web application. I am an active member in the Statamic development community and have also lead and developed large Statamic sites such as Brisbane South PHN's latest website redesign, and the website you're browsing right now.
Algolia Setup & Integration
Algolia is a powerful, flexible, scalable digital AI search & discovery platform. Algolia is my platform of choice for powering search for all of my clients, such as for Impact Office Supplies or Culture Kings in their B2B and B2C eCommerce, Brisbane South PHN in their custom Laravel web applications and Statamic CMS website. Default search engines in websites are poor, and for businesses who rely on their customers finding the content or products they are looking for, it's vital to choose a powerful and scalable search provider like Algolia.
Freelance AWS Setup & Maintenance
AWS is the world leader in Cloud Computing Services, providing computing capabilities, database storage, content distribution, email deliverability services and much more. AWS provides a variety of services to use when develop complex web applications that require flexibility, scalability, and dependability. I use AWS for all of my clients who need enterprise-ready, scalable and reliable web hosting. AWS has been the choice for all websites I've worked on for Culture Kings, Wotif, Impact Office Supplies, All 4 Adventure, AMA Group and more.
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 and 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.