Archive for Partners
iThemes makes our favorite theme – Flexx Professional – which we use in the majority of our sites. They make many other themes for WordPress and some great plugins, too. We have an “all access pass” which gives us access to all of their themes and all of their plugins. Rock solid, beautifully written, and easy to use – iThemes themes and plugins are the best on the market in our opinion.
We’ve used them all, but we strongly recommend MailChimp to our clients. We thing it is simpler to use, more intuitive – and if it is easier to use, then novice users are more likely to communicate with their clients. And, there’s enough real horsepower there that power users can do what they want, too.
Miller Print and Litho is our preferred source for all things printed – from direct mail to brochures to large format posters and more. They have been true partners with us the entire time we’ve owned the business and I go into every potential new print opportunity knowing that I have a high percentage chance of winning the business given Miller’s high quality and low cost. They deliver tremendous value for us time and time again, jumping through hoops to meet deadlines and special customer requirements. We’re thrilled they are on our side.
At Berkshire Direct, we exclusively use Hostgator for all of our hosting relationships. Besides the fact that Hostgator was named the world’s #1 hosting environment for WordPress sites in 2012, we like their round-the-clock customer service, super knowledgeable tech support team, and commitment to wind energy and the environment.
If you buy a website from us – unless you tell us otherwise – it will be hosted on Hostgator. We have >300 URL’s with them now and we’re adding more all the time. Best hosting company out there, by far.
Berkshire Direct uses BigCommerce for any online stores/shopping carts that we’ve been asked to build. The tool is easy for our clients to use and simple to “re-skin” into the look and feel the client is after.
Custom Business Solutions is Berkshire Direct’s bookkeeper and financial management company. Lucy Pavalock and Carolyn Jones run a cost-effective bookkeeping organization that is coupled with the cash flow wisdom of Bottom Line Management. Lucy, Carolyn, and their fine staff do a great job of paying our bills, billing our clients, and keeping us out of the weeds.
If you’re in need of bookkeeping services or CFO-like guidance, I can’t speak highly enough about the results we see from the team at Custom Business Solutions and Bottom Line Management.
Berkshire Direct relies exclusively upon world-class domain registrar GoDaddy.com for all of our domain registration needs. Their pricing, their easy-to-use interface, and their outstanding customer service departments make it an easy choice for us.
If you buy a website from us and ask us to procure the domain for you, it will be purchased from GoDaddy unless you tell us otherwise – and we’ll try to talk you out of it if you do!
GVH Studio is our sign expert! We frequently are asked to work on signage for clients – both inside and outdoor, and we always turn to GVH. Greg Van Houten and his team know how to get the job done on time and on budget.
Berkshire Direct builds all of our websites using WordPress. At its soul, WordPress is the preeminent blogging tool available, but we’ve shown repeatedly that WordPress is more than just a blogging platform. Check out our portfolio to see a sampling of WordPress sites that we’ve built.