Running a website like Chocolate & Zucchini isn’t a fire-and-forget operation: ever since I did my big redesign (and major switch to the WordPress blogging platform) a couple of years ago, I’ve kept busy behind the scenes, tweaking things and adding features to improve your experience and the site’s performance.
I’m not doing this alone, fortunately: I am lucky enough to work with the amazing cre8d design agency for my site design and development. Cre8d is a brother-and-sister team (which I think is super sweet): Rachel Cunliffe handles the creative side, while Stephen Merriman takes care of the technical implementation. And I can’t speak too highly of them. Their professionalism, their informed advice, their fresh outlook, their responsiveness: it just feels amazing to have them on my side.
I thought I would offer this review of cre8d because I know many of you have a blog of your own, and it’s often in the wee months of the year that we feel an irresistible itch to change things up, whether it’s a mega overhaul or just a fresh coat of paint. Or maybe you’re just wanting to start a blog (yay, you!) and you want a personalized WordPress theme that will help you stand out.
But it’s hard to find web designers who are both talented and reliable at a reasonable rate, and I feel like I’ve struck gold with the cre8d team.
I’ve grown close to Rachel over time — we actually belong to the same mastermind group* now — and when I said I wanted to recommend cre8d to you, she and I decided to form a partnership and offer you a sweet deal.
If you’re considering a blog design or redesign, take a look at the cre8d portfolio. If you like what you see, go ahead and fill in their project form, so Rachel can get back to you with a proposal, entering the referral code CNZ.
Using this code will let Rachel know that you’re a special client referred through me, and this will get you:
- A free copy of Rachel’s e-book 101 Ways to Market Your Website — a $19 value and full of actionable ideas,
- One free hour of credit for any ongoing site updates or maintenance when your site is live (and because Stephen is a very efficient engineer, he achieves a lot in a single hour!).
Join the conversation!
Have you had good or bad experiences working with web designers? Do you have a site of your own that you’re feeling the urge to make over? If you have any question about the process of working with the cre8d team, please let me know: I’ll be happy to share my experience in more detail.
* A mastermind group is a small group of like-minded professionals who get together on a regular basis to share their successes and struggles, and offer feedback, advice, and resources. I belong to two such groups — one where we meet over Skype, the other in real life — and it has had an immeasurable impact on my work life. I recommend it to anyone, self-employed or not. To learn more about how to get your own group going and how to run it, read this post and this post.