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Laravel Developer Brisbane

When off-the-shelf solutions don't align with your business needs, the solution is to develop a custom web application using the Laravel PHP framework. I am an expert in developing quality Laravel web applications for my clients that perform for their organisation, and that they can be sure is reliable, fast, and secure. I spend the time to understand business requirements and user journeys completely before development begins. Whether you need a one-off build or ongoing Laravel development retainer, I can certainly work with you. After 10 years developing custom web applications using the top-tier Laravel framework, I have built a sizeable portfolio of Laravel applications that you can read about below. If you would like to learn more about what I do or have specific requirements you’d like to discuss, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Why choose Laravel for your next project?

Authentication: User, Roles & Permissions

One of the key benefits of Laravel is how easy it is to architect your application and build in a full user authentication system - user management, roles and permissions to wrap around your pages and features without needing to invest weeks in developing this from scratch.

API & ERP Integrations

Laravel isn't just for startups. The framework has grown robustly over the last few years to provide enterprise scale with startup agility. Its unparalleled simplicity makes it the best choice for enterprises looking to provide better products and innovation.

Admin Panels

I build with Laravel because it yields clean, easy-to-review code and allows our developers to focus on the product functionally above all else. Using Laravel helps to reduce development challenges so we can make steady progress on the features your users will love.

Single Sign-On (SSO)

Authenticate your staff or users using a Single Sign-On (SSO) approach for your Laravel application. This could be as simple as OAuth between apps, or SAML SSO for Office 365. SSO can be integrated into your application using SAML, LDAP, JWT, or the OAuth protocol.

Complex Business Rules

Laravel being PHP's most popular framework for developing custom web applications means that the quality and structure of the framework makes it easy to develop web applications that have complex business rules and requirements. I develop web applications using the technologies that lead the top companies including Laravel PHP, Redis, and MySQL.


Packages such as Laravel Spark and Laravel Cashier make it easy to hit the ground running with all-in-one billing and subscription tools. Laravel also makes it easy to develop any custom integrations if you prefer to integrate your own payment processor of choice such as Westpac PayWay.

Case Studies - Featured Laravel Case Studies

These showcased projects serve as a window into my expertise in the realm of Laravel Developer Brisbane. Carefully selected to represent a variety of solutions, they demonstrate 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.

Algolia Site Search Laravel Development

Pasifika and Māori Health and Wellbeing Strategy Website

A website that provides online strategy updates, a services search engine and resources for local community service providers to support Pasifika and Maori peoples.

AWS Cloud Management Algolia Site Search Laravel Development

Impact Education eCommerce Website (B2B & B2C)

Educators can easily build booklists, and parents can order safely, while knowing they're dealing from an authorised booklist supplier.

Laravel Development AWS Cloud Management

East Coast Bullbars B2B eCommerce Website

Providing an easy-to-use B2B eCommerce portal for their dealer customers to order online, synchronised with their internal ERP software.

Laravel Development AWS Cloud Management

Ascent Footwear Shoe & Store Finder

As part of a wider digital marketing campaign, Ascent Footwear required a microsite that will educate on the benefits of the brand, allow potential customers to find shoe options that suit them, and easily find a stockist.

Laravel Development AWS Cloud Management

Triple P Video Titles Management, Activations & Keys - Admin Panel & API

Empowering Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) to monetize their video platform, I delivered a custom Laravel solution with a sleek administration panel and a reliable API, enabling secure access control and seamless video content management within a challenging three-week timeframe.

“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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You’re in good company

  • 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

Common Laravel Project Questions

Here are some of the most common questions about Laravel Development that I get asked.

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

While 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 the in UK, the US, Canada, and many other countries. So yes, I'm a Freelance Web Developer in Brisbane, but I operate internationally.

Why would I develop custom Laravel software if I can use an off-the-shelf solution?

Off-the-shelf solutions are pre-build and come with the benefit of included feature updates. With custom applications, you have full flexibility to develop solutions exactly as you require without needing to work around another platform. There is no correct decision, it fully depends on your business requirements, it's important to consider all pros and cons before deciding.

What are the ongoing cost differences between custom Laravel development and off-the-shelf software?

Generally for a medium to large sized project, the costs may be similar in the long-term. Custom Laravel development has the obvious upfront cost that you must develop the application, as well as any future development, and maintenance costs for updates. Off-the-self software commonly has many hidden costs - Enterprise off-the-shelf software has licence costs that can be as high as $500K annually, and it's not uncommon to require many customisations to off-the-shelf solutions, and you are at the mercy of their development resources which can cost upward of $300 per hour. There isn't a 'correct' choice, you must decide which option suits your business requirements more.

Talk to me about your Laravel project