Simply Elaborate Creative Agency
  • WE HELP PEOPLE FOLLOW THEIR DREAMS
    AND CREATE ONLINE SPACES THAT IMPACT THEIR COMMUNITIES.

    we teach, empower and support DIYers to get started with WordPress,
    seasoned business owners learn and revamp their online presence
    and craft completely custom designed online spaces for anyone in between.

     

    CONTACT US
  • WEBSITE IN A WEEK

    Website In A Week is perfect for the small business or entrepreneur who knows their online presence is important while starting off their journey to the online world, but lack the time to spend learning all the website basics for getting your started website off the ground. 

    It includes the benefits of having the DIY course at your fingertips for learning and training, but the support and know-how of a design and development team putting your website together for you, so you can concentrate on what matters in your business – what you’re passionate about.

    WE DO THE WORK FOR YOU IN WEBSITE IN A WEEK

    Choose one of our mobile-friendly WordPress themes that’s exclusively designed for health & lifestyle businesses.

    Then learn how to brand, customize, and manage your website with the help of our DIY video training library and Facebook support community.

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    "I CAN'T AFFORD A PRO DESIGNER YET"
    IS YOUR BIGGEST BUSINESS BUZZKILLER RIGHT NOW.

    You’re tired of having fresh ideas with nowhere to serve them up to customers…

    Sick of going overlooked and undervalued while your competitors steal the spotlight, when you’ve got just as much to offer as they do…

    And OVER being stuck in the ultimate catch-22 while procrastination eats away at your potential impact (and profits).

    Maybe one pity party later, you took a hike through ThemeForest…tinkered with a few demos…

    But technophobia got the better of you or WordPress almost convinced you to throw your laptop out the window.

    You know you need to look like a pro online to get taken seriously. 

    THE PROBLEM IS

    You don’t want to wait to reach your audience and grow your business until you can hire a designer and developer …

    THE PROBLEM IS

    You don’t want to settle for a tacky theme that isn’t as clean, bright and modern as your health & lifestyle brand…

    THE PROBLEM IS

    And you definitely don’t want to waste money on a website template that you have zero clue how to customize or make work for your business.

    YOU, TOO, CAN LOOK LIKE A PRO, EVEN IF YOU'RE JUST STARTING OUT OR HAVE ZERO TECH SKILLS.

    WHAT ABOUT THE TECH STUFF?

    The prep work for the package includes taking you through, step-by-step, all the tech mumbo-jumbo you don’t understand.

    We guide you through all the required passwords we’ll need to get your website setup, choosing a hosting plan with a company you’re comfortable with, purchasing a domain and connecting it with your hosting plan, creating an email address connected with your domain and finally, we’ll show you how to install WordPress on your server.

    In four short videos you’ll be all set for the first part of your prep-work – that much closer to getting your website created in a week.

    NEXT: SELECT YOUR BRANDING

    CHOOSE YOUR LOGO

    CHOOSE YOUR FONTS

    CHOOSE YOUR BRAND KIT

    CHOOSE YOUR THEME

    STOP WORRYING ABOUT PERFECTING YOUR DESIGN AND START DOING WHATEVER IT IS YOU'RE PASSIONATE ABOUT

    EARTH SALON

    Hair Salon

    Using the Christina theme, Earth Salon was able to showcase their services, talent and products easily and effectively. Not only does the salon work with clients, but Michael, the owner, frequently participates in hair shows and wanted to be able to showcase his images boldly on the homepage slider.

    The Christina Theme

    www.earthsalon.ca

    SONJA SEILER

    Entrepreneurial Retreats + Workshops

    “It really feels like my website is an online ‘home’ for my business, in the coziest and most comforting sense. I am so inspired to use it as a place to direct potential clients to because I am fully confident in its ability to effectively communicate what it is I do, as well as what is special about my business that draws ideal clients in and weeds the rest out.”

    The Hannah Theme

    www.nurtureretreats.com

    LIV FWD

    Personal Concierge Service

    Using the Francesca theme, LIV FWD created a warm story of services and lifestyle for Nicole, the theme’s owner. 

    She’s not like other personal concierge services and wanted visitors of her site to know that as well. 

    The Francesca Theme

    www.livfwd.com

    KRYSTAL MEADOWS

    Voice Coach + Actress

    I was so hesitant and nervous to see the customization because I’d never had a chance to customize my previous site – but I’m blown away by your templates and how straightforward it all seems to do my own updates and not have to get into code.

    The Julianna Theme

    www.krystalmeadows.com

    THE WEBSITE WHIZ COURSE IS MORE THAN
    "JUST ANOTHER WORDPRESS THEME"

    It’s a website-building course and support community.

    Not only do you get everything you need to build, brand and manage your own website…

    You get access to an ever-growing membership hub of tools, resources and tech trainings to help you reach more people and grow your business.

     

    YOU CAN KEEP WAITING TO LAUNCH YOUR WEBSITE UNTIL

    You save up $7-10k to invest in custom web design before raising your prices, attracting your people, and changing the world

    Your name comes up on that designer’s wait list and they get around to building you a website that could still take months to launch

    You finally figure out how to customize your own website with all the plugins, widgets, and bells and whistles that you want

    You eventually find the spare time to build a website that you can be proud to put on your business card and link your social media to

    OR

    YOU CAN START MAKING YOUR MARK
    and the income you deserve - TODAY

    JULIA WYNCOLL

    Franklin Pilates Teacher

    Using the Hannah theme, Julia received a multiple page website that showcased her experience, her workshops and led people to her other website, Inhabit Pilates, which she owns. This website was meant to be informational and showcase her solo talents and experiences. People can send her emails directly from the site, and sign up for workshops.

    The Hannah Theme

    www.juliawyncoll.com

    REAL FOOD FOR REAL KIDS

    Food Delivery Service

    A responsive website for Real Food for Real Kids using the Julianna theme. Here’s what our contact had to say “I REALLY love playing around with WordPress and experimenting with different layouts and page builders!” Kaelan.

    This site has over 50 pages that RFRK was able to create and re-create themselves.

    The Julianna Theme

    www.rfrk.com

    URBAN SPIRITUAL WARRIOR

    Health Practitioner + Teacher

    You can learn about the spiritual offerings, course and workshops offered by Urban Spiritual Warrior. You may opt-in, view schedules and message the owner directly from the website.

    The Christina Theme

    www.urbanspiritualwarrior.ca

    SISTER MEDIUMS

    Spiritual Mediums

    Sister Mediums is on the Francesca theme and they have a LOT of offerings. They have an account on Acuity Scheduling and have embedded every single offering on to their website to make it easy for people to book an appointment directly. This website has over 25 pages and is organized easily for people to see when landing on it.

    The Francesca Theme

    www.sistermediums.com

    PLATUSIC DESIGN

    Print and Website Designer

    Maria wanted a theme that would be able to showcase her portfolios and beauty effectively and learn how to update her work continuously. Visitors can email Maria directly, see a portfolio of items and fill out handy questionnaires, and then schedule time to speak with her.

    The Julianna Theme

    www.platusicdesign.com

    VASAVI KUMAR

    Life Coach

    Vasavi uses the Julianna theme to write and promote her blog and podcast, showcase her various services, collect emails via an embedded opt-in and finally, visitors can message her directly from forms entered into her website.

    The Julianna Theme

    www.vasavikumar.com

    PETITE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPANY

    Family Lifestyle Photographer

    Using the Julianna theme, Janine showcases her work, writes a blog and promotes her photography services. She’s able to receive emails directly from her website and book clients.

    The Julianna Theme

    www.petitephotographycompany.com

    SPIRIT ROCKS

    Crystal Jewellery Shop

    Using the Christina theme with the free Woo Commerce plugin, you’re able to purchase items directly from the interface, read all about the different crystals and how they serve the wearer, and email Lana directly. This website features a shop directly on the website.

    The Christina Theme

    www.spiritrocks.ca

    PARTICIPATING IN WEBSITE IN A WEEK GETS YOU ACCESS TO THE FOLLOWING SESSIONS AND INFORMATION:

    SETUP A DOMAIN + HOSTING

    CHOOSE YOUR BRAND

    ORGANIZE YOUR CONTENT

    DESIGN YOUR WEBSITE

    LEARN WORDPRESS FAST

    TRAINING FOR YOUR CHOSEN THEME

    SECURE + BACKUP YOUR SITE

    AMPLIFY YOUR SITE WITH PLUGINS

    LAUNCH AND GO LIVE WITH PIZAZZ

    LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENS IN EACH PART OF THE PREP WORK

    Getting Started + Setting Up Your Tech Background

    Everyone has a different starting point with their business, especially when it comes to websites. In this pre-unit module, we’ll go through how to get your domain and hosting set up, moving any content over from other current websites you may have set up, and getting all the tech-stuff out of the way.

    Down and dirty with the digital, we’ll also cover:

    • Buying your domain name
    • Researching and purchasing your hosting company
    • Setting up your email address with your hosting company (Bluehost, GoDaddy or Dreamhost) or Google Apps
    • Connecting your domain and hosting account if they’re from two separate companies
    • Backing up your content from WordPress.com or another WordPress.org website
    • Installing WordPress

    By the end of the tech sessions, you’re new WordPress website will be installed and set up, your domain purchased along with hosting and your email account will be created through your hosting or Google Apps. Powerhouse.

    Choosing Your Brand Identity

    Your brand is created to speak to your customer when you’re not around to speak for it (aka on your website). Who exactly IS your brand? And how do you really convey what your brand means to your potential customer if you don’t dig in deep and figure out you’re your brand really is?

    In this module, select your logo, brand kit, your website’s fonts and what theme you want for your website.

    • Choosing your Site’s Fonts (from our easy-to-choose options)
    • Choosing your Brand’s Colors (from our pre-made brand colors OR create your own)
    • Choosing and customizing your Pre-made Logo (from our pre-made logo suite or create/upload your own).
    • Selecting which theme you’d like to use for your website.

    It’s all about the Content.

    Beautiful design is one thing, but if your website has no substance, there’s not really a point! Functional websites and great design can only take you so far if you aren’t clear with your messaging.

    In this module, we take you step-by-step into figuring out what you’re selling, for how much and we help you narrow down the systems you need to make your life easier, and your potential client’s user experience seamless. Handy writing prompts included. We help you set up:

    • Home Page
    • About Page
    • Services/Shop Page
    • Contact Page
    • Site Map + Call to Action
    • Systems You Need in Place to Make it Happen

    By the end of the module, you’ll have all your written content ready to go and understand the site map and pages you’ll be making for your new site. When it comes time to create your site – it’ll be easy, peasy.

    Preparing the best photography for your website.

    • The Best Photography Site for Good Quality Pictures
    • Naming your Image Elements Correctly
    • Optimizing your Graphics and Images

    When you’re done with this module, you’ll know what photography you’ll want included on your website and have it ready for uploading for your implementation week.

    Any other elements that need including?

    In this module we ensure you’re remembering about all the subscriptions we have to various parts of the interweb. Instagram? Scheduling service? Booking Appointments? We go over it here and make sure you include it in your content for implementation week.

    You’re ready for implementation week!

    Now that you’ve collected all your information, we’re ready for implementation week. Simply answer the questionnaire with all your choices and send it in. 

    Then, sit back and relax while we take care of putting together your beautiful website in no time flat.

    Understanding and Exploring WordPress

    For every new experience, there’s a learning curve, and WordPress is no different. Throughout this module, we go through all things WordPress – showing you the capabilities, neat features and functions that WordPress allows.

    • The WordPress Interface
    • Creating and Editing Posts
    • Creating and Editing Pages
    • Widgets + Sidebars
    • Media Library (and all the cool features)
    • Adding New Plugins

    By the end of the module, you should feel ready to tackle WordPress and your new website, understand some of the basic features that WordPress allows and know where everything will be going when we’re updating your custom theme.

    You’ve Put All this Work into Your Website – it’s Time to Secure it.

    One of the most important things when creating a new website is to make sure you keep it up to date, backed up and secure. This is the last step before launching because before you shout from the roof-tops – you need to make sure your site is protected.

    • What is Malware and How to Protect your Site
    • Must-Have Plugins to Protect Your Site
    • Backing Up Your Site
    • What to do if your Site is Hacked?

    At the end of this module, your site will be protected by some of the best plugins/companies in the business and you’ll feel confident in knowing that you have a backup plan that will be there in worst-case scenarios.

    You Also Get These Additional Bonuses, FREE!

    Over $997 worth of bonuses, if you’re keeping track.

    Let’s take a peek at the extras you’re gonna get when you enroll:

    BONUS: Optimizing Your Site With Google ($297 VALUE)

    Taking it a step further, by properly setting up Google Analytics and learning how to analyze what you’re tracking is what you need to be doing to ensure you’re making the most of your new website and business.

    BONUS: SOCIAL MEDIA TEMPLATES ($197 VALUE)

    Continue to make yourself elaborate in the online world with our customizable social media templates that are built for you, with your ideal customer in mind.

    BONUS: Blogging Schedule + Strategy Templates ($197 VALUE)

    A content plan is one of the first steps in ensuring routine success with your business and blog. It can be daunting to create a content strategy schedule – and we know this – so we’ve created one for you. 

    Easy to print out months ahead of time, fill in and curate your online strategy.

    BONUS: MEMBERS ONLY FACEBOOK COMMUNITY ($197 VALUE)

    This private group is part of our Simply Elaborate HQ and a wonderful place for you to ask questions, share your successes, and meet other ambitious online entrepreneurs.

    Stay tuned for weekly Q+As, Webinar + FB live access and community support.

    WE’LL BE HERE EVERY STEP OF THE WAY

    We know it doesn’t matter how step-by-step you make it – this can still look like a challenge at times. 

    But from the moment you’ve signed up, you’ll be getting guidance and support from the Simply Elaborate team, and like-minded individuals in our safe and encouraging online environment.

    THE PARENT PAL

    Author and Advocacy

    Emme uses her website on the Hannah theme to showcase her services, write an informational blog and collect emails, messages through a contact form and then presents a scheduler on her website in order to connect with people after they message her. She also links to her book being sold on Amazon for easy purchasing.

    The Hannah Theme

    www.theparentpal.com

    GOING AFTER IT

    Entrepreneurial Blog

    The Natalie theme was used to follow the adventures and misadventures of the The Entrepreneurial Bride and then changed into this regular lifestyle blog from the founder of Simply Elaborate. Mostly used as a blog format. Externally links to Simply Elaborate for more service information.

    The Natalie Theme

    www.goingafterit.com

    LAURA MACDONALD

    Actor + Teacher

    Laura wanted a place to embed videos to showcase her past work, now she’s expanded her business to also include Actor workshops and currently writes a blog to depict her journey along this route. Using the Hannah theme, her website captures new leads and students, as well, it serves as a space for casting agents to easily see her past work.

    The Hannah Theme

    www.laurakmacdonald.com

    MARIA VRONTOS

    Health Advocate Blogger

    Maria set up her theme from start to finish using the Julianna theme and instructions as an outlet to showcase her health struggles via her blog. 

    The Julianna Theme

    www.mariavrontos.com

    JANET NIELSEN

    Website Copywriter

    Janet showcases her services, a blog and past portfolio clients on her website built with Julianna (and some additional customizations). She’s able to write her blog, collect emails and provide an easy questionnaire for her potential clients to write her. (hint: Janet’s website is the subject of our video above – check out how easy it was to re-brand her from Hannah to Julianna!)

    The Julianna Theme

    www.janetnielsen.ca

    HOW-TO TECH VIDEOS

    Everyone’s starting point is different, and the web is a vast place – so you can be starting from anywhere – but we’ve creating an online video library of tech how-tos that you can easily search, source and watch at your convenience.

    MEMBERSHIP COMMUNITY

    Your course comes with one-year’s membership to our exclusive Facebook Group that’s meant for students who have questions, need advice or help with their website. There’s no selling allowed so you don’t have to worry about being promoted to all the time. As well, this group is meant for you, the students, and geared toward those who are actively interested in continuous learning online (hence, the one-year membership).

    FOLLOW ALONG GUIDES IN MULTIPLE FORMATS

    Some people are visual, some prefer written. We’ve gotten it all taken care of with your choice of Videos or PDFs to guide you along the way.  Take notes in your personalized course area along the way!

    MONTHLY WEBINARS

    As an added bonus, we’ll be hosting a monthly webinar that focuses on a different topic so you can continue to learn and grow your business. These webinars will be recorded and available exclusively for Make Yourself Elaborate students.

    "Nothing is impossible,
    the word itself says 'I'm possible'!"

    Audrey Hepburn

    SO WHO IS TEACHING ALL THIS, ANYWAY?

    HI, I'M EMILIA

    I’ve spent the last 17 years building websites and teaching other entrepreneurs how to bring their vision online. My mission is to help the helpers (health & lifestyle entrepreneurs like you!) get their message out into the world in a big way, even if they’re starting small.

    Honestly, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on a Skype chat with a fresh-faced business owner who had a vision of helping people and really making a difference in the world.

    But their lack of pride in their online presence put their dreams on hold…

    And simply because they felt like they didn’t have the tech savvy or design skills to build their own website… Or the big bucks to hire it out.

    The truth is: You deserve to be heard and seen now, not when you have thousands to invest in a custom website.

    With the Website Whiz course + themes you can stand out online even if you don’t have a lot of time or resources to devote to branding and design.

    And I can show you how in my step-by-step video trainings, and give you a rare level of DIY support in our VIP Facebook community.

    YOU'VE GOT QUESTIONS?
    I'VE GOT ANSWERS

    Health & lifestyle entrepreneurs, small business owners and bloggers who want to raise their impact and income, but don’t have the big budget for a custom website yet. More established in business, but want to take back control of your website instead of waiting on designers and developers? This is meant for you, too!

    Using the WordPress framework, we can offer you flexible customizations with simple usability. The learning curve isn’t steep and you can manage your own updates with ZERO coding knowledge. Plus, we can update our themes on our end and provide you with the updated version without charging you additional support fees like bigger template marketplaces do.

    Make Yourself Elaborate Online is more than a WordPress theme. It’s a website-building course and support community. Not only do you get everything you need to build, brand and manage your own website…you get access to an ever-growing hub of tools, resources and tech trainings to help you reach more people and grow your business.

    When you purchase your WordPress theme, you’ll receive a credit pack for a logo. IF you want to use your own logo, you can use the logo credit on one of our bonus PDFs instead. The best part? Your credits won’t expire, so you can hold onto them until we release new trainings, offerings or products in the membership area.

    After you purchase either the theme only or course and theme bundle option, you’ll get instant access to the Make Yourself Elaborate Online membership site where you’ll have a website credit to buy the theme you want. Even if you need more time to decide on a theme or logo, your credits will be available until you want to use them.

    Of course! It’s yours to customize and tweak for as long as you want. If we make any theme updates, you also have lifetime access to them and will receive notification through our mailing list.

    Your theme only or bundle price also includes a one-year membership to the Make Yourself Elaborate Online Community, access to monthly webinars, and weekly live chat support with the Simply Elaborate team.

    You’ll get instant access to the Make Yourself Elaborate Online membership site where you’ll have lifetime access to the downloadable files, graphics and components of your theme. And of course, detailed installation and setup instructions.

    Logos, fonts, colours, images, sidebars, sliders, almost anything! The only thing you can’t customize is the actual layout of the template, so make sure you love it and it fits your business needs before you commit to it. You can also use your own logo or colours if you’ve already got an established brand.

    This is a DIY website-building experience, so it’s mostly self-directed. You’ll be given all the video training, information and resources you need to brand, build, customize and launch your new website.

    There won’t be any 1:1 technical support, but you’ll get direct and ongoing access to me (Emilia) through the Make Yourself Elaborate Facebook Community to troubleshoot your tech issues and answer any Qs. We’ll be hosting a weekly live-chat tech support in the community as well to deal with any issues or questions students may be having.

    If you have a major bug or issue with your theme, our developers can help you at email.

    It means your website will scale to whatever screen your visitors are using, so they’ll have an optimal viewing experience no matter what kind of device they’re browsing your website on.

    Make Yourself Elaborate Online is a self-paced online course. You decide when you start and when you finish. Built-in gamification features make the website-building process fun and give you a high-five every step of the way! You can track your progress, test your understanding with quizzes, and check off key tasks in the right order. This helps you get to the launch finish line without tripping on overwhelm or getting stuck in a slump.

    After you’re in, you’ll get instant access to our online membership site and our VIP Facebook community.

    The content is a blend of videos, how-to guides, resources and worksheets.

    How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like, across any and all devices you own.

    If you purchase a theme by itself, you’ll get all of the information you need to setup and customize it while working within the WordPress framework. If you choose the Course Bundle Option, you’re also going to get access to additional training that’ll help you create your logo and brand from scratch (unless you want to use your current logo or branding), optimize your WordPress website and images, organize your content prior to launch, setup important plugins, do security maintenance to avoid hackers, and use Google Analytics to track and measure your traffic.

    Just your computer, an internet connection, and WordPress. You’ll also need to setup your domain and hosting, but don’t worry – because I walk you through it, one step at a time!

    If you want to customize our premade logos, you’ll need Photoshop. You can sign up for a free 30 day trial. If you want to start building your mailing list, you’ll also learn how to integrate an email provider like Mailchimp to create opt-ins on your website. But again, this is optional.

    Nope! Our themes are totally beginner-friendly, no coding required.

    No, our themes are custom designed and developed specifically for WordPress.org websites. These themes will not work on WordPress.com websites.

    Because you get instant access to the themes and course content, we can’t offer refunds.

    SIGN UP NOW

    4 MONTH PAYMENT PLAN

    4 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF

    $499

    Entire Website In A Week Prep Course

    A Member of the Simply Elaborate Design Team Puts Together Your Site For You!

    Bonus Optimizing Your Site with
    Google Analytics Training

    Social Media Templates

    Blogging Schedules + Strategy

    Members Only Facebook Community for Students

    PAY IN FULL

    1 PAYMENT OF

    $1999

    Entire Website In A Week Prep Course

    A Member of the Simply Elaborate Design Team Puts Together Your Site For You!

    Bonus Optimizing Your Site with
    Google Analytics Training

    Social Media Templates

    Blogging Schedules + Strategy

    Members Only Facebook Community for Students

    Pricing in USD. Canadian pricing available at checkout.
    You will receive all preparation work as soon as payment is completed.
    For Payment plans, design implementation week coincides with the final month of payment.