The Blogging Bistro team has partnered with best-selling author, Tessa Afshar, for years. In late 2020, Tessa asked us to refresh the design of her custom WordPress website.
We started by updating her logo. Next, we redesigned her site, simplifying it and eliminating content that was no longer relevant.
Behind the scenes, we created custom fields to make it a snap for Tessa to display a featured book on her Home page, to add new books to her Fiction and Non-Fiction sections, and to switch out the content on her Resources & News page — all without messing with code.
“Fabulous service, gentle guidance, lots of patience, and a beautiful product. Laura and her team not only did a great job updating my website, she also tutored me on how to navigate day-to-day updates. I love the results! Highly recommended.”
When Lisa Baldwin was preparing to publish her memoir, she asked the Blogging Bistro team to design a logo and an two-page WordPress website.
A two-page website is a perfect “starter” solution for emerging authors who need a web presence. All the content displays in attractive, easy-to-navigate sections on the Home page, and the Blog is the second page.
“Laura and her team created a beautiful logo and website that perfectly expresses my work and vision. Laura is a great communicator and worked with me throughout the entire process to ensure that the artwork, messaging and format supported my goals. The website exceeded my expectations. I couldn’t be more pleased.”
Janet F. Salazar is passionate about inspiring people to study the Bible for themselves. She asked us to create a friendly, peaceful website where she could teach people to dig deeper into Scripture and discover how to apply it to their lives.
“I am just starting out and have no experience with creating a presence online. I was blown away by how Laura and her team intuitively figured out what I needed and created the feeling and the professional quality I wanted. The whole experience was very positive and the results surpassed my expectations.”
When Karisa Moore wanted to develop a professional and functional author website, she turned to the Blogging Bistro team.
We started by designing a new logo, and then created a soothing, inviting site that serves as a creative writing outlet to help people grieve with hope.
“The Blogging Bistro team did an amazing job on my logo and website! The design of each page drew out the spirit of my “Turning the Page” mission and will help me connect with readers on a deeper level.”
Frustrated with an outdated website that was a headache to manage, Christy Hoss sought professional help in the form of brand coaching, a logo design, and a custom WordPress website.
Throughout the coaching and website creation process, Christy remarked, “You are a godsend… I am no longer on my own but have real people to talk to… This is worth every penny… It inspires me to know I’m in the best marketing hands God could have given me.”
Christy’s site features large banner images of her with her service dog, Aiden (thanks to a photoshoot with a local freelance photographer), the Service Dog Blog (written by Aiden!) and a Books section where she can easily add upcoming titles.
“Hiring Laura and the Blogging Bistro team to build my website was the best investment in my writing career since buying my first computer. My site is beyond spectacular! Laura pays attention to every detail and communicates on a personal level that makes me feel as if I am her only client. As my first traditionally published book debuts, I know without a doubt, I am in excellent hands with her expertise in all things web-related.”
When Jean Stephenson, an author living “across the pond” in Cambridge, England, decided to revamp her brand, she asked us to keep the whimsical feel she loved from her previous brand, and to give it a fresh, contemporary spin.
The Blogging Bistro team designed and developed a custom WordPress website that features whimsical header images and a soothing color palette. Jean’s new site prominently features her blog. And her Books page includes easy-to-use custom fields (in the dashboard) that allow Jean to quickly add new books and update the entries for her existing books.
“Laura and her team made all this technology a happy discovery rather than a daunting nightmare! They showed excellent dedication in producing a beautiful logo and website for me.”
When The Kids Spot School opened in Snohomish, Washington about a decade ago, we built their original website. But after 10 years, the site was outdated and not mobile-friendly. We fixed that issue by designing a fun, fresh, mobile-friendly site that’s super-easy for parents-on-the-go to use.
The new site features a popular muted (but still colorful) palette, a succinct overview of the school’s philosophy, program, and activities, and an easy way for parents and guardians to arrange a tour of the school.
We also designed their new logo.
“I gave Laura ideas about what I wanted on my website, and she and her team ran with it. They did everything from start-to-finish: logo and website design, content writing, and programming. The site is so easy to use. Our parents love it, and so do I.”
Rosie Rourke heads up a full-service real estate team that serves the greater Seattle region.
The Blogging Bistro team built Rosie’s first custom website back in 2015, and we had the honor of giving her site a brand new look and feel again in mid-2019.
Rosie’s site features two key components: Ease of use for real estate buyers and sellers, and complete flexibility behind the scenes for Rosie’s team to change and update every aspect of the site’s design.
We’ve worked with Rosie and her team on several additional projects over the past few years, and if you’re looking for reputable, knowledgeable, and ethical real estate pros, you can’t go wrong with Rosie Rourke and team.
“We wanted to update our look and the functionality of our website to reflect the mobile-driven times we live in. Laura and her team nailed it! Our site is clean, simple to navigate, and our traffic has tripled during the three months since its launch!”
When international author and speaker, Grace Fox, decided to expand her brand, she asked us to design a contemporary logo and website that would resonate with her audience.
Grace gave us a vast amount of written and video content, which we organized in an inviting manner that’s equally accessible via smartphone, tablet, and desktop.
“The Blogging Bistro team far exceeded my expectations. They listened to my ideas, answered my questions, offered expert advice, and then developed a website that truly portrays who I am and what I’m about. It’s beautiful. I heartily recommend their services.”
Susan says, “I love helping people overcome challenging behaviors, relationship pitfalls, spiritual fatigue and inconsistent self-care. This passion drives all my writing, coaching, speaking and therapy.”
The Blogging Bistro team designed and developed a custom WordPress website that showcases the ways in which Susan (a licensed marriage and family therapist) helps others. Susan wanted a clean design with large, easy-to-read type and touches of bold blues and pinks, prominent links to her blog and key services, and thoughtfully placed audio files.
The site is a dream to use behind-the scenes, featuring custom fields that allow Susan to easily change out everything from images to her email lead magnet to audio files.
If you enjoy children’s Bible stories, take a peek at the bright, cheerful website we created for author, Diane Stortz.
Built using responsive design technology (so it functions perfectly on a smartphone, tablet, and desktop screen), this custom WordPress website features Diane’s books, her blog (loads of great children’s book recommendations), and loads of free resources.
“I wanted a responsive-design website that would showcase my books and blog and appeal especially to women with young children and grandchildren—and that’s exactly what I got! Laura and her team are creative, technically skilled, organized, and patient. They are there for me whenever I need help. I’m SO glad I chose Blogging Bistro to help me with this step of my writing career!”
Marlene Anderson, an author, speaker, counselor, and life coach, originally hired the Blogging Bistro team in 2010 to create a WordPress website. Since then, we have given the site’s design several refreshes.
We also assist Marlene with her online marketing strategy and program development on an ongoing basis.
“All I can say about my website is WOW! I absolutely love it. I can’t recommend Blogging Bistro enough. For someone who struggles with the mechanics of computers, I have been thrilled to find someone who is able to take my incoherent musings and make them compatible to the computer world.”
Michelle is a licensed mental health counselor, coach, and author. Her previous website (which we also created), emphasized her books. When Michelle shifted her focus to feature her coaching and counseling services, we gave her existing site a major overhaul. We re-organized her Home page design and created Coaching and Counseling pages. We also designed Michelle’s logo.
“Laura and her team are a pleasure to work with. They made my ideas and requests a priority, and made my vision a reality. They handle the tech stuff in a way that’s easy and streamlined for me, and Laura teaches and coaches me on what steps to take next. I highly recommend the Blogging Bistro team!”
Christi McGuire, a professional editor and publishing consultant, asked us to help her get up and running with email marketing and to give her website a fresh, contemporary look that would attract her ideal client. It worked! Less than a month after launching her new custom WordPress website, Christi contacted us and said:
“I just got off the phone with a new client, who told me that he chose me because of the ‘feel’ he got from my website. He said it had a ‘welcoming and relaxed tone’ and that was what he was looking for in an editor/writing coach. He looked at the websites of other editors and told me their sites looked ‘outdated… like they were 15 years old.’
He wanted a particular personality in an editor, and the design of my site made that come across. It’s that ‘wow’ factor the Blogging Bistro team created. You created a much better site than I could imagine—because you captured my ‘essence.’”
This non-profit organization provides a vital service in the local community: an equine program for struggling and at-risk children, ages 6-18.
We updated their logo and we created and maintain their beautiful, custom WordPress website.
“We love the website and get compliments daily! I am grateful we choose the Blogging Bistro team. Laura Christianson’s continual support makes me feel like she is family in that she is dependable, does excellent work, has our best interest at heart and is just a phone, text, or email away.”
When Dr. Laura Monahan became the new owner of Atlantic Veterinary Hospital in Seattle back in 2010, we created the hospital’s first-ever website. In 2014, we converted the site using responsive design technology (which works perfectly on any size screen), retaining as much of the site’s original look and feel as possible. In 2018, we did a major re-design of her Home page and revamped the content on the interior pages. (We also manage Atlantic Veterinary Hospital’s online marketing on an ongoing basis.)
“I absolutely love the organization and simplicity of the responsive site. It’s fresh and easy to navigate, while staying true to the ‘feel’ of the original version. Somehow, Laura Christianson and her team take my words, read my mind, and put into a visual medium precisely what I was thinking about.”