16
May
2008



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The beginning of this story started some weeks ago when I decided to hire a web designer in order to have my WordPress theme restyled. Oh boy! It has never been so difficult for me to spend some of my money. As a matter of fact every time I asked for a quotation or I looked interesting in a web designer, I just got uninterested replies from the other side. Maybe, the turn off side was my limited budget which made my offert very unappealing. I am just a guy running a personal blog. I am not part of a big company which has bunch of money to spend without a second thought, so I can not afford to spend thousands of dollars. In the end it was just a matter of money, nothing more nothing less. Anyway, every time I got a quotation I was very crestfallen. If you think to have your WordPress theme re-made, it is right for you to know that designers may ask you a lot of money, in the order of thousands of dollars. Usually prices start from 1.200 – 1.500 USD. You won’t get anything less. This is not a general rule. In fact I also got cheap quotations, but the web companies involved had a very low profile meaning that, if you looked at their portfolio, they didn’t perform very impressive artworks. At a certain point I was really in despair. I contacted more than 20 WordPress designers, but the results were really frustrating. They asked too much money, they were not very good at what they did or they were not interested in my small budget. Luckily for me, just when I thought that I could not have any chance to have my theme reinvigorate, I got into communication with Rachel, web designer and owner of Cre8d-design.com. First of all, I have to say that before knowing her I got impressed by its company portfolio. If you want to know what I am talking about visit this page to have an idea. Rachel was very patience, calm and listening and understood my needs and what I was looking for, tailoring an offer just made for my blog and my limited budget. In the end I hired her. The first thing she did was to put me into communication with her excellent coworker Stephen Merriman who promptly fixed some incompatibility issues with my theme and the new WordPress 2.5.1. After that, she started pouring some good ideas in my head and, after mixing everything up, she made me understood what kind of design I was looking for. The process was rather simple. Every time she modified my theme she sent me a snapshot of it. At that point I indicated what changes I wanted, she made them throughly and a new snapshot was sent. The whole process was performed in a special environment called Basecamp, an account where I could log in whenever I wanted to see the progress of the work and communicate with the team. It took just a couple of days to have my brand new WordPress theme re-designed! The coding part instead was reserved to Stephen Merriman who, I have to say, did a very good job! A special thank to Rachel Cunliffe and Stephen Merriman who help me make this blog more gorgeous than ever! If you want to hire them, click here!

But, in which way this team of gorgeous geeks can help you? Here is a comprehensive list of what they can do.

Blog spring clean & Blog maintenance

After you’ve been running your blog for a while, you might be in need of one or more of the following:

  • Upgrading your blogging software (e.g. WordPress, MovableType).
  • Plugin installations and upgrades – add some extra functionality to your blog.
  • Tidy and validate your code.
  • Improve your theme or design
  • Speed up your blog’s load time by optimizing graphics and code.

Consulting

  • Be provided with tips and advice for improving your blog.
  • Advice on how to start blogging.
  • Support for new or experienced bloggers.
  • Tips for how to promote your blog.
  • Guidance on which blogging tool or software would best suit your project.
  • Advice on running successful community or Web 2.0 sites.

Design

  • Logo and branding
  • WordPress themes
  • MovableType themes
  • Drupal themes
  • Community sites
  • Business sites

Coding

  • WordPress plugins
  • Drupal development
  • Community sites

A special thank to Rachel Cunliffe and Stephen Merriman who help me make this blog more gorgeous than ever! If you want to hire them, click here!




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5 Comments to “Web Talk got a new skin thanks to Creat8d”

  1. Web Talk Says:

    I agree with you Kerry! It was very easy, smooth and interesting to have such a web tool. That special environment let me and the guys at Creat8d, work togheter and understand each other in a way that it would be impossible to achieve with emails or even by phone, above all if you take into account that they are from New Zealand and I am from Italy!

  2. Kerry Says:

    Great job! I also work for a design agency and I can say that web-based tools really improved our performance. The only thing, Basecamp didn’t fit our team. We found Wrike and are more than happy with it.

  3. Rachel Says:

    Thanks Frank for your kind comments 🙂

  4. Web Talk Says:

    Thanks mate! Nice to hear from you. I use your plugin a lot, i hope you will continue to support it a lot and solve the famous log out issue. Apart from this I wanted to thank you because, if Web Talk exsists, it is because of your plugin too 🙂

  5. Keith Dsouza Says:

    Congrats on the new design, looks cool and is great on the eyes 🙂


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