If you’re a small business or agency, a non-profit, a conference director, or part of a small team—then I might be a good candidate to build your next website. The same goes if you’re an author or some other flavor of indie-creative, as I have a lot of experience developing websites for this audience. Please have a look at my portfolio, and then get in touch if you’re interested.
In certain instances, however, I might not be a good fit. For example, in my role as business advisor for a California Small Business Development Center, I’m forbidden from providing for-profit services to clients I counsel through the SBDC network. Other times, my schedule is already fully booked, and I have to refer people to other professionals.
Also, many people find this website looking for “Do It Yourself” guidance.
Hence, this resource.
Below you’ll find my top picks for web hosting, web assets (like themes, plugins, and stock photography), content management software, and web professionals I trust to take care of the people I refer to them.
WordPress Web Hosting
I used to be in the web hosting business myself. Eventually, I noticed that WPEngine was offering all the features, performance, and support that my firm was—and then some—for about the same price.
I have so much confidence in WPEngine that I refuse to work with a client who wants a WordPress website unless they agree to host their site on WPEngine. No exceptions.
They’re that good.
Here’s some of the top reasons I recommend WPEngine:
- automated daily back-ups and 1-click restore points
- 10x faster than the typical shared host & 4x times as fast as their nearest competitor
- automatic WordPress core upgrades
- awesome support staff
- no questions asked malware removal and repair in the rare event your site were to be infected (nobody else does this)
- free temporary URLs to use during setup, and a free staging server is included at no extra cost
ExpressionEngine Web Hosting
For the ExpressionEngine CMS, it’s pretty tough to beat EngineHosting.com for web hosting. They’re the only web host that I know of who is exclusively dedicated to hosting ExpressionEngine CMS websites. They’re also an official partner of Ellis Lab, the creators of Expression Engine.