While I focus on elevated and refined brand and website design, there are many other elements that go into telling your brand story. It literally takes a village to build a brand.
After so many years in business and several hundred clients (with various requirements and experiences), I've made a list of service providers that I know and trust to help elevate the rest of your brand, and will recommend without hesitation.
From copywriting to tech support to fonts, plugins, and business coaches, I hope you’ll find expert help here!
Siteground - Get 70% off. The best customer service, with 99.9% uptime and really fast servers. At their price point, it is hands down the best. I only have good things to say about them, and I've worked with over a dozen hosting providers either for myself or for my clients.
WP Engine - for enterprise performance, these are the experts in managed WordPress hosting. A bit pricier, but they are very reliable, and lightning fast.
Each of these copywriters will have her own writing style and zone of genius. Check out their websites first to see if the writing style appeals to you, and that you fit their ideal client profile.
The only credible brand photographer in Singapore who takes stunning photos and understands the value of storytelling. Really fast turnaround too!
Love her style too. She's based in Orlando, and knows how to make her clients look fabulous.
Jenn Tan - she is my girl Friday, the techie troubleshooter, wordpress migration expert, and most reliable backup & maintenance gal you will ever find.
Marge Aberasturi, VA - if you need help with Woocommerce setup issues, custom Gravity Forms setup, membership sites, and other headaches.
Ginny Krauss - brand strategist and business mentor for creative entrepreneurs. If you want to gain clarity on your vision, and go deep into the heart of your brand, and have a cheerleader on your side, Ginny is the one for you.
Pink Pineapple - brand strategy for lifestyle businesses. You'll walk confidently away with a deep understanding of who you are and what makes your business stand out from the crowd.
Georgina JS - business strategist with a branding and marketing background for a complete branding and marketing strategy plan.
SOCIAL MEDIA & MARKETING
The Talking Fox - social media strategy and management; from hands-on strategy sessions or complete takeover.
Digital Direction - digital marketing training & consultancy
Yellow Dot Marketing - email marketing specialist for service-based businesses
Kristin Kaplan - business strategy, project planning, online business management. The go-to resource person for pricing for profit.
Nevica Vazquez - business strategy for digital bosses. She also runs a mastermind group.
Heather Crabtree - business mentor, leader of the Savvy Community.
Rhiannon Leila - international brand coaching and business strategy
HAUTE STOCK - my favorite source of beautiful, stylish stock photos. For when you want to supplement your brand photos, or are just starting out. Their library is extensive!
For free stock photo libraries, my go to sites are:
My Fonts - the best source of premium fonts. Almost all font foundries are in their library.
Creative Market - Most of the newer font designers are selling on Creative Market. It is now the best source of calligraphy and handwritten fonts.
Font Squirrel - legit source of good quality free fonts that are licensed for commercial use.
Plugins extend the capabilities of WordPress. Here are my top picks, depending on your requirements:
Memberpress - the best membership plugin for WordPress hands down. Easy to use, with an intuitive interface.
Beaver Builder - for greater flexibility in wp layouts.
Gravity Forms - the best form builder plugin ever created.
Spam Destroyer - it just works. Effortless setup, zero configuration.
Studiopress - The foundation for all my themes, Genesis provides exactly what you need to build a secure, SEO-friendly, powerful WordPress site without the bloat.
Sridhar Katakam - a membership site full of useful tutorials for customizing WordPress and Genesis.
Genesis Explained - this book will be your bible, if you want to learn how to create child themes for Genesis.
For capturing those email addresses. Now that Facebook and Instagram are changing their algorithms, mailing lists are ever more important.
Mailchimp - so easy to use and integrates well with Genesis themes. The starter level is free.
Convertkit - I have personally not used it on my website, but I have several clients who swear by Convertkit.
Some of these are affiliate links and I may earn a small commission if you sign up. However, these are products/services that I will recommend without reservation, regardless.