Silvestar Bistrović

I am Silvestar from Croatia and here is how I like to describe myself:

  • A fearless web engineer—always trying to solve any problem put before me most efficiently,
  • CSS developer—enjoying solving challenging layout and styling tasks,
  • JAMstack enthusiast—simplifying website development using serverless technologies,
  • WordPress theme specialist—creating stunning, modern, pixel-perfect themes with performance and usability in mind.

I have been working with web technologies since 2012. I feel the most comfortable when working with HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

I live in Osijek, Croatia, and I am working remotely from my office.

When I am not coding, I like to write about what I do and work on my side projects. ✍️

Silvestar Bistrović

Developing websites since 2012

  • Frontend
  • User Interface
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • JAMstack
  • WordPress
  • Fearless web engineer

  • CSS developer

  • JAMstack enthusiast

  • WordPress theme specialist

Blog

I have started blogging in 2016. Since then, I wrote more than 50 articles.

I usually write about my findings in my everyday work. Some of my favorite topics include frontend, JAMstack, and freelancing.

Here are the featured articles, but feel free to explore all articles ⇢.

Page builders might not be a good idea

Here’s what I think: page builder might not be a good idea. Read my thoughts about page builders and why you might think twice before you consider using it (again).
  • wordpress
  • frontend
  • shopify

My favorite extensions for web development

A web browser is one of the essential tools for web development. Besides default dev tools, there are extensions you could use to make a better web product. I am using Chrome most of the time and these are the extensions I prefer.
  • productivity
  • devtools

How to animate SVG signature

Let’s see how to animate SVG Signature with a little bit of JavaScript and CSS. We could use JavaScript function to calculate SVG path length and CSS animation to animate SVG strokes.
  • css
  • javascript
  • svg

How I built my first Progressive Web App (PWA)

As of today, my site is available as a Progressive Web App. In this post, you would learn more about how and why I added this exciting feature to my site.
  • pwa

Building an Animated Sticky Header With Custom Offset

With the appearance of the position: sticky property, we could create sticky elements without JavaScript plugins. But creating sticky elements with animations couldn't be achieved without a little bit of JavaScript.
  • css
  • javascript

Publications

I had the opportunity to feature my articles on some well-known publications, like CSS-Tricks, Toptal and LogRocket.

Writing for prominent publications has been a great challenge, but it was an excellent experience as I worked with proficient writers and editors.

Here are the selected publication articles, but feel free to explore the blog ⇢ for more content.

5 things to consider when creating your CSS style guide

CSS style guides should be considered an equal citizen of every project requirement. Here are five things that you should keep in mind when working with CSS style guides.
  • css
  • styleguide

A Comparison of Static Form Providers

Static Form Providers do all tasks like validating, storing, sending notifications, and integrating with other APIs. Read the review of the most popular static form providers.
  • serverless
  • spg
  • ssg

Interview for Remote Working Hub

Remote Working Hub is a place where you could find useful information about remote working. I have been asked to share my remote working experiences. I said to myself, why not.
  • freelance
  • remote work

My favorite Netlify features

Being a JAMstack developer in 2019 makes me feel like I am living in a wonderland. Yet, there is one particular platform that stands out with its formidable products and features—Netlify.
  • spg
  • ssg
  • netlify

Oh, the Many Ways to Make Triangular Breadcrumb Ribbons!

Let’s have a look at how we can create a row of links that sorta run into each other with a chevron-like shape and notch on each block like you might see in a hierarchical breadcrumb navigation.
  • css
  • breadcrumb
  • ribbon

Portfolio

I had the luck to be able to prove my worth on many challenging projects. Either working with WordPress themes or static sites, I usually utilise HTML, CSS/Sass and Vanilla JavaScript to deliver the perfect solutions.

I worked with many exceptional clients from all over the world: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Saudi Arabia.

To see more projects, explore the portfolio ⇢.

Bozzuto

Bozzuto is a generationally-owned, independently-operated family business, and a diversified real estate company celebrated for developments, construction, property management and homebuilding. The website runs on WordPress.
  • styleguide
  • html
  • css
  • javascript

Credit Card Insider

Credit Card Insider is a New York based consumer education company whose mission is to empower people to use credit cards to their advantage and with confidence.
  • wordpress
  • styleguide
  • html
  • css
  • javascript
  • pagespeed optimization

Domino Data Lab

Domino Data Lab is a data science platform that enables data science teams to rapidly develop and deploy models that drive breakthrough innovation and competitive advantage.
  • spg
  • ssg
  • jekyll
  • styleguide
  • html
  • css
  • javascript

Irina & Matej

Irina and Matej are wedding and portrait photographers based in Croatia and travelling the world. The site runs on WordPress, DigitalOcean, and Cloudflare.
  • wordpress
  • html
  • css
  • javascript
  • pagespeed optimization

Westwing

Westwing is "curated shoppable magazine", inspiring customers every day with the newest trends, themes, stories, brands and products from the world of Home & Living. The website runs on Hexo, Netlify CMS, Netlify, and GitHub.
  • spg
  • ssg
  • hugo
  • html
  • css
  • javascript

Testimonials

There is nothing more important to me than a happy client. And there is nothing more satisfying then hear nice things about my work.

My commitment and motivation didn’t go unnoticed. These clients said some kind words about my work.

To explore more projects, see my portfolio ⇢.

If you think we would be a good match, feel free to contact me. I am always open to new collaborations.

John Ganotis, Entrepreneur @ Credit Card Insider said:

Silvestar is amazing. He is fast, and the work he produces is among the highest quality work I've seen from front-end engineers.

In our time working together he's been extremely reliable, with quick daily calls to give progress updates, but also having flexibility to work independently and provide updates on his progress on days when we skip those calls.

When working with Silvestar, I know that the work will be done quickly and correctly, but that he'll also point out any areas where he thinks we can improve. He's always looking out for opportunities to improve performance, maintainability, and accessibility. I get the impression that he's constantly learning and reflecting on his work, always looking for ways that he can build his skillset even more and produce even higher quality work (if that's possible!).

Grigoriy Kogan, Growth Consultant at Domino Data Lab @ Domino Data Lab said:

When I'm asked to recommend a web developer, Silvestar is the first name that comes to mind. For good reason: He has demonstrated time and time again his ability to understand business requirements, come up with creative and effective solutions, perform the work to meet high standards, and communicate clearly all throughout.

Adam Maschek, CTO at Westwing Home & Living @ Westwing said:

It was a pleasure to work with Silvestar. He was available on a short notice, he closely collaborated with the PM on the project and delivered it on time with good quality. I would work with him again, and actually we are considering to kick off our next project with him.

Evan Lavidor, Partner & Executive Director @ BEAM Interactive said:

We've worked with Silvestar on several projects, and he's been a pleasure to work with on all of them. Recently, he handled primary front end development for two large web sites that were launched on Adobe Experience Manager. He's also worked on the front end development of a large WordPress project as well as some smaller campaign landing page and microsite work.

In all cases, Silvestar's been a breeze to work with. Communication is easy, and he's happy to be part of a larger team, attend regular standups, stay in close communication electronically, etc. (a key factor when working across countries/time zones).

His approach to front end development is modern, but he still knows how to debug for Internet Explorer and handle browser-specific issues. He's a thorough tester and has a great eye for detail.

Additionally, he's very fast. We were always impressed with the speed at which he could put things together at a very high level of quality.

I'd happily work with Silvestar again, and we'll definitely reach out to him in the future when we need help with additional projects.

Han Han Xue, Product Designer @ Lyft said:

I collaborated closely with Silvestar on a project.

Throughout the span of the project, Silvestar was able to consistently meet if not exceed expectations. He has the impressive ability to not only readily undertake direct requests, but also intuitively distill ambiguous asks in order to execute solves in a self-sufficient manner.

Silvestar’s can-do attitude and palpable passion for the work combined with his extended knowledge makes for a highly effective problem solver who always strives to provide the best solutions.

If you aim for not only high standard in the result but also elegance in the process, then I would highly recommend considering Silvestar for your project."

Side Projects

In my spare time, I like to develop and maintain my side projects.

It is the opportunity to try things out and to experiment with new technologies. It is also a commitment, but the one I enjoy the most.

All my projects are available on GitHub, too. To see my experiments, go to my CodePen profile.

View all projects here. ⇢

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