Top 3 Custom Client Projects in 2009

May 25th, 2010

Before, I was heavily involved in WP custom development projects, which I still do from time to time, when my busy schedule clears up a bit. I learned everything about WordPress I know today and benefited a lot from working with actual clients. I got a sense of what they really need from a website and turned that knowledge into WP themes I develop today.

Just yesterday I said to myself: “Hey, what’s up with my previous custom projects, are they still active? Did somebody else took over?“. So, here are my most memorable projects from 2009, which were very educational and helped me a lot to develop, which has now become my cash cow for the future.

1. (now known as Templatic)

I worked with Bhavesh for approximately 6 months (beginning of 2009), where I helped him developing his designs into working WordPress themes. I developed their framework, which I think they still use today, at least a portion of it. Since I left, disappointed with our collaboration, they developed quite a lot. Even though, they are now my competitors, I wish them well in years to come.


This project stayed in my mind, mostly because of the great design client provided. The project was tough and site was hard to develop, but I took it with ease as they knew what they wanted and have provided me with all the materials I needed to wrap it up on time. I was very happy with the outcome and they were as well – mission accomplished 🙂


This project was one of the easiest and one of the best. Why? Clients knew what they wanted, so I developed their blog in record-breaking time. I think I worked on the development for a day or two, but still delivered the whole package as promised. Since then, none of my custom WP projects lasts for more than a week.

If you consider I finished at least two projects a month, there were loads of other great ones as well. Even though, they were a bit harder to remember, they’re still great piece of work and will end up being listed on this site, eventually 😉

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3 Responses to “Top 3 Custom Client Projects in 2009”

  1. Woah I had no idea that you worked on Of course it’s fitting to see how you moved from working with people to create awesome things to going on your own to create awesome things!

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    • Željan Topić

      14 years ago

      TNx for the kind words … I’m happy to have started my own business and don’t regret any of my past decisions. I have full confidence in my work and community response has been overwhelming so far.

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  2. R.Bhavesh

    14 years ago

    We are definitely not disappointed at all Željan. Why would we be? Infact you are the one who got us started on developing CMS kind of themes. And our themes then on followed the solid code you provided us on the themes you worked upon.

    We went our way because we wanted to produce things faster and cost effective way. In those times you were having other clients as well and of course you need to give enough time to them as well. Unfortunately, that delayed things for us and we got a programmer in house and we worked our way then on.

    🙂 I had no Idea you felt this way. But thought to just clarify the things.

    Yes, we are now competitors but hey, I wish you good luck and theres nothing like competition actually. There’s ample room for everyone and I love the co-ompetition wp theme developers are having.

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