Resources

Tools we use for our business

No business is an island!

We’ve been in business for many many years, and we’ve come to rely on a variety of tools, tips and tricks from other vendors, suppliers and partners to help get our work completed swiftly without compromising quality. We can definitely attest to the fact that it’s no fun starting from scratch in a business so we’d like to make your life easier and share our knowledge with you!

We’ve amassed an impressive list of preferred vendors and business partners and we’ll be unveiling our favorites over the next few weeks. Additionally we’ll be posting tutorials on all the different software and equipment we use for graphic/web design and tricks in the photography/video world too… so stay tuned!

Bluehost

We just love love love Bluehost! There are hundreds of hosting companies out there all offering so many things but Bluehost stands out for us – head and shoulders above the rest – mainly for their 24/7 technical support service. There is always a friendly, patient voice at the end of the phone with an experienced technical support person ready and willing to help and more often than not, willing to go above and beyond what they are required to do to make sure your site is up and fully running. The administrative side is great too – they make billing easy with lots of different ways to pay for their affordable service. We love them so much we became a paid affiliate for them too. Two thumbs up for Bluehost!

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Mega International

We work closely with Mega International. They are truly a “one-stop-shop”. They provide resources and services to increase capacity for company’s and associations and get them to the ‘next level’. Some of their services include: strategic planning, program development, business plan writing, incorporation, non-profit start and capacity building, grant writing, technology consultation, supplemental educational strategies, grass-root mobilization, graphic and web design, cross-cultural communications and more. Check them out!

Elegant Themes

With hosting out the way, now you need to build your site!

For all you fellow web designers we wanted to share our little secret for building gorgeous websites. We love using Elegant Themes for our WP templates. They are very affordable, easy to use and don’t require an awful lot of coding – this allows us to concentrate on creating beautiful designs and giving our clients exactly what they need in a time-sensitive manner. Check them out for yourself and see what magic you can make with them.

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Treehouse

Technology rapidly changes by the minute. As soon as you graduate from college a great deal of what you just learned has very nearly become obsolete. To keep our team ahead of the technology curve, we sharpen our skills over at Team Treehouse.  Go ahead and try it – it’s a phenomenal resource and is far cheaper than an additional college degree! You learn from over 1000 videos created by expert teachers on web design, coding, business, and much more. They let you practice what you’ve learned through quizzes and interactive Code Challenges which allow you to retain the information you’ve learned so you can apply it to your own future projects.

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Amazon

So I know what you’re asking next… where do we get all our books, gadgets and computer gear? Where else? Amazon! We are always so busy it’s hard to get out and browse brick and mortar stores… instead we browse Amazon! They have great deals and if you become a Prime member a world of shopping possibilities will open up for you – apart from free shipping you will be able to access free movies, music and so much more. If you haven’t tried Amazon – we suggest you give it a try today!

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