MONIKA ORTEGA
Philippines-Based Freelance Web Designer & Web Developer

about the geek

creative . objective . visionary
I live by the adage "KISS (Keep it Simple, Stupid)" when working on projects

15 years of blood, sweat & therapy tears has equipped me with vast experience, unquestionable mastery, solid understanding of how the world wide web ticks and an extensive library of tools & resources dating back pre-Google. Not to brag (ok I will), but I've mastered front-end webdesign to a point that I an verbally code an HTML5/CSS3 design and guarantee it'll work.

Mind you, projects are never always available & web development is my side chick. As of date, I willingly enslave myself for an engineering firm where I get my primary income & accept web projects when I am sure I can decently accommodate them. I also dedicate 2 weekends every month to poison the minds of budding developers with 1st class, badass education about web development & desktop publishing at Inventive Media I.T. Training Center

To ease your anxieties, check out my certificates

  • HTML5 / CSS3
  • INDESIGN / BOOTSTRAP3
  • WORDPRESS / WEBDESIGN
  • SEO / PHOTOSHOP / JOOMLA / PHP / MYSQL

WHAT I DO

I work on front-end web projects & specialize on Content Management Systems like Wordpress & Joomla.

FRONT-END WEB DEVELOPMENT

I specialize in authoring responsive, efficient & elegant web pages (or web applications) using W3C standards compliant & validated HTML5, CSS3 & BOOTSTRAP3. My codes are clean & production ready for integration with backend/APIs.

CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

I customize widely-used Content Management Systems (CMS) like Wordpress, Joomla, Magento, Opencart, Prestashop, etc. to fit into a business’ requirements for marketing, operations and branding.

WEB DESIGN

Years of working with Tricia Genota, a BFA graduate from the University of Sto. Tomas & a good friend, has allowed us to master creation of quality assets & web elements that fit our clients’ branding and optimized for web use.

I.T. TRAINING

It is a fact that you cannot teach something unless you understand it well. By conducting web development classes, I am able to further master my craft & stay sharp by continually updating my knowledge, techniques & resources.

HOW

(Setting expectations and a little bit of honesty)

I practice practicality, efficiency & minimalisim in all aspects including design, workflow, and communication. Each stage of the project exists because of careful judgement and sound purpose. Impractical elements, details, or efforts are thrown out the window when possible.

VERSION CONTROL

Expecting that designers/developers have an easy job is poisonous. Realistically, if it was THAT easy, clients would create their own project. Design/development takes a chunk of time & is mentally exhausting. Constantly re-working requirements is wasteful & while we all want to satisfy our inner Sheldon Cooper, let's remember that the highest priority is to actually finish.

REVISIONS BY THE BATCH

Kindly remember that revisions are limited to meet deadlines & prevent changes often disguised as fixes. To help get ideas across, we have a tried & tested revision template clients can use to send us inputs. Please make sure to be descriptive & provide screenshots / visuals when necessary. We will let you know if a certain item seems detrimental to the project or if an item is unclear.

LIFETIME WARRANTIES DON'T EXIST

Like developers who continually study to secure your sites, hackers do the same so I educate clients, provide free consultation over email & encourage updates/maintenance for your website. Some developers may still offer you a warranty but remember that warranties are for products you buy - not services. Hence, we ask for a certificate of completion.

WE WORK & TAKE CALLS FROM 9 AM - 6 PM EXCLUDING HOLIDAYS & WEEKENDS

It's disappointing that I often have to point out how developers aren't robots who work 24/7. This comes from many young, inexperienced developers who have not yet learned to say "No" but just like any human slave employee, developers need rest too. This goes both ways & frankly, nobody's impressing anyone by calling people in the dead of the night (or holiday) asking them to confirm a revision or nudge a logo by 1mm because "I'm OC." It's against labor standards, unprofessional & inconsiderate.

MEETINGS ARE BILLED BY THE HOUR

We've all had those meetings that should've been emails. Plainly speaking, meetings are pretty darn expensive. Not only do they require you to waste time in futile traffic (& pay for it) but it also keeps the those involved from working actively on the project. Thankfully, we have effective & user-friendly technologies like Skype, Asana, Trello or email that make communication easier & cut down meetings. Should a meeting be absolutely necessary, I meet in offices or coffee shops (not homes, obviously, because we're professionals & this is business). Please note that my expenses & time are added to the billing unless it is conducted in our office.

QUALITY = BUDGET + TIME

In line with realistic expectations, please do not expect the developer to deliver the project 5 seconds after the 1st down payment. We also have expenses like equipment, software, utility, rent, etc. That being said, developers need enough time & resources to analyze & build your project properly.

STEPS

Once you're ready to start your project and you'd like to know the steps, you may check out Workflow: Webdesign and Workflow: Websdevelopment

I strictly work on a maximum of 1-2 web projects every month. Some projects are scheduled one to two months ahead, hence, I'm firm with start times, end dates and very watchful for scope creeps. To know if I'm available, send me an email by clicking on the button below and I'll get back to you within one to two working days.

Partial Portfolio & Client List


Juice Jab ● Procter & Gamble Thailand ● P&G Philippines ● Nono Palmos – Homestyle ● Professional Model’s Association Philippines (PMAP) ● MAC Cosmetics ● UNILAB – Biomedis ● PhiGold ● Win Radio 107.5 ● Big Radio 97.5 ● Forum Energy Philippines ● Barrow Training UK ● Suay Skin Spa ● Kaakibat 2001 ● Alter Ego ● Fighter’s Club MMA ●E-Cool ● Phoennix Talent Management ● Elite Solutions ● BRYCG Group ● Kai Cha Milk Tea ● Lodestar Engineering ● AEON Industrial ● Sound Design Manila ● NutraRich Chocolate & more…

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