Hello, my name is Cristian!

I've been a professional developer for more than 14 years, specialising in building web applications and websites, using mainly Microsoft technologies, in industries such as e-commerce, real-estate, lawfirms, non-profit, art and more.

I build websites and web applications for a living and also juggle with graphic design, branding and identity, marketing, multimedia and a few other things. I'm passionate about books, e-commerce, book e-commerce, commerce with books and books about e-commerce and I am constantly looking for new ideas, solutions to problems and ways to automate things.

I'm husband of my childhood friend, Ane, father to four amazing girls and currently based in Sheffield, UK. Find out more about me.

Cristi Cotovan

Latest articles from my blog

I frequently post articles about technologies I use, web design and development, useful tips and tutorials. 

Why is the referrer header 'unknown' in ConvertKit's form visitor statistics?

Why is the referrer header 'unknown' in ConvertKit's form visitor statistics?

10 things you must configure and optimise before launching your website

10 things you must configure and optimise before launching your website

Why do your email subscribers complain of spam for no apparent reason?

Why do your email subscribers complain of spam for no apparent reason?

How to avoid the spam folder, improve deliverability and make sure your subscribers see your emails

How to avoid the spam folder, improve deliverability and make sure your subscribers see your emails

What is an ESP (Email Service Provider) and why do you need one?

What is an ESP (Email Service Provider) and why do you need one?

Host your website on the cheap with Amazon Lightsail: 5-minute set-up

Host your website on the cheap with Amazon Lightsail: 5-minute set-up

How to speed up, protect and secure your website with CloudFlare - for free!

How to speed up, protect and secure your website with CloudFlare - for free!

How to send e-mail from your website with Amazon SES via SMTP

How to send e-mail from your website with Amazon SES via SMTP

Why should you choose ConvertKit for your e-mail marketing?

Why should you choose ConvertKit for your e-mail marketing?

A website is never finished

A website is never finished

Websites and applications: DIY or ready-made? What path will you choose?

Websites and applications: DIY or ready-made? What path will you choose?

Building and hosting your website - from free platform to developing your own - what are the options?

Building and hosting your website - from free platform to developing your own - what are the options?

What can I help you with?

  • web design and development

    I build anything from simple 'business card' websites and blogs to e-commerce. Browse my portfolio of the latest websites here.

    programming, application development

    I absolutely love building bespoke web-based applications - from custom web stores, real-estate, lawfirm, online course platforms and more - I like to put code together to make things tick. Any idea, functionality or concept - I'll certainly have a go at it!

  • branding

    logos and identity design

    I love throwing an idea in my head until a logo comes out! I've designed quite a few for big or small companies. Check out my logos portfolio and also have a look at some case studies.

    e-mail marketing

    Do you need a newsletter designed for a campaign or a template for all of your future newsletters? I can help. Here are a few newsletters I've designed in the past for companies - big or small.

  • graphic design and 3D

    While my brain is code-oriented I am also substantially partial to creating beautiful graphics and layouts. I've created quite a lot of print designs from building-size ones to business cards and all in-between. If you need a graphic concept for a brochure, leaflet, web banner - I'm your guy!

    3D graphics

    Creating objects in the 3D space is such a visual and interactive medium and it's one of those things I'd love to be an expert at! I've collaborated with my brother and directed quite a few of these projects, particularly in the real-estate realm. Check out our 3D graphics portfolio.

  • multimedia

    I dabble in video and photography editing as well as music creation - electronic and otherwise.

    Visit my YouTube channel!
  • assistance, support and advice

    If you need help with your existing website - if your current web designer/webmaster has left you or failed you, I can help sort things out in an emergency - if possible!

    If you're contemplating a website re-design, re-launch, re-organisation, I can help with the structure, navigation, action points and more.

    I can give you advice on how to better structure your content to offer value to your audience as well as what search engines look for in a website so as to rank higher or be found. Search Engine Optimisation is a discipline in itself and - as much as some might deny it - almost a full-time job.