Don't things look so simple and straightforward after reading the blog articles, watching the sales videos, and checking the reviews and testimonials? Afterward, you are pretty much sold, and deservedly so.
But the truth is that for a functional website, there is an initial and ongoing learning curve. You need to choose the right technology that works well together. Also, you need to know how to implement, manage, and maintain it effectively. This comes by experience and extended learning curve.
The technology that I recommend will do a great job. I have researched, studied, and used everything that I recommend. I know firsthand that the companies stand behind their products, the people on the support forums are very helpful, and the tools play well together.
Time is a limited resource for all of us. We all have to make choices of what is the most productive and effective use of our time. Is it a wise investment to devote your time in learning how to use the theme, plugins, and other technology? Do you have the background and experience to know what works and what doesn't work? Is your time investment more valuable in learning and managing the technology or investing it in running, growing, and marketing your business?
I have the expertise and backgrounds to either implement your vision or help you along the learning curve.
Having him on the team brings a lot of peace of mind
"Having Cesar on the team brings a lot of peace of mind. I know that if I need something Cesar will be there with the answer. Everything gets done quickly and gets done right the first time.
I love working with Cesar, he is a creative problem solver who makes my life easier."
What a difference he made!
"What a difference Cesar made! Now my site is customized for a user friendly and engaging membership experience. Cesar was fantastic with his step by step instructions, availability and positive approach. Thanks to Cesar, I am proud to have a site with great content delivered in an attractive, easy to use format."
His end goal being the realization of your vision
"We have a vision to liberate business owners from the chaos of working IN their business. We needed a powerful tool that allowed business owners to walk through a step-by-step online roadmap that provided them the equipment to spend time working ON their business vs. spending so much chaos time working "IN" their business. We brought a concept to Cesar and within a very short amount of time he had built the stage for what is the Business On Purpose Roadmap. Cesar works off of principle and thoughtfulness with his end goal being the realization of your vision. This guy is LEGIT!"
One of the best business decision we have ever made
"We had heard great things about Cesar already but when we heard he was based the other side of the world and all communication would be done electronically, we were a little nervous. We absolutely needn't have worried. Working with Cesar on two website builds has been one of the best business decision we have ever made. Customer service is second to none, communication is timely, comprehensive and friendly and the quality of his work is fantastic. He was so patient with us and nothing is too much trouble. If only all service providers would work like this!"
Here are the 3 Steps I use for any project to make it look good and have great functionality while focusing on meeting and exceeding your expectations.
After discussing your project, I will build a demo (website, landing page, membership, etc.) in my staging environment (or yours) using the theme, plugins, and any other tool that we agreed upon.
During the process, you will be able to log in, look around, and test. This way, you can see firsthand how the project is going. That enables you to suggest changes, fixes, improvements, features, etc. along the way. No waiting until the day you launch to see what the website looks and feels like.
Once you are satisfied with the results, I will migrate the project to its final location.
After the project is finished, the end result will be...
Easy to work with
Using the Content Builder, it's just a matter of dragging, dropping, and editing.
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Even faster if you use a decent cache plugin and do some optimization on the server.
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So you can easily convert your visitors into subscribers, clients, and members!
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I would recommend him in an instant
"Cesar is totally awesome to work with….
People like Cesar are rare these days. He is the real deal. He is knowledgeable, easy to work with, fast at replying to emails (and at doing the work). He is also one of the nicest professionals I have worked with. But for Cesar, I would not be where I am now. His methods are seriously client focused and he has a really commercial outlook. Not only does he do the job but he is happy to FULLY explains how he did it often using a video recording to show me which is so incredibly helpful.
I love working with Cesar. I have worked with scores of people over the last 10 years and Cesar is No.1. He is the first person I turn to when I have a techie issue and I need a fast, honest and accurate reply. I would recommend him in an instant and hope I will continue to work with him for all my projects in coming years."
One of the best suppliers / website designers I have ever used
"I contacted Cesar about a month ago. He has built a complete members' site for me, using MemberPress as its engine. He turned the whole thing around in a few days, and has spent the last three weeks patiently making all the changes I keep asking for, and recording videos for me on how to update content and change things myself. He is one of the best suppliers / website designers I have ever used (and I have used a lot)."
He has totally invested in the success of our site
"I can't recommend Cesar enough to anyone looking for help with developing their membership site. Cesar has totally invested in the success of our site, spending hours researching and understanding our needs to begin with, providing us with such valuable advice from his own experience and guiding us through the development of the site step by step.
His work is impeccable, from both thinking the systems through, the design side and finding solutions to our different requirements. I can't sing his praises enough, it's been a privilege to work with him and learn so much along the way. 200% happy with our end product!"
I can not recommend him enough for your technical needs
"I would like to take a moment to thank Cesar Pinto from the bottom of my heart for the work he has done for myself and my business partner, Larry. We found Cesar when we were just starting to work on creating a membership site for an idea I had. The problem was, all of our experience was in running blue collar service business. We had no skills when it came to building a website and starting a membership site.
Cesar was invaluable with his skills and experience to get us up and running. More importantly, Cesar was very patient with us as we fumbled through learning a new industry. He was always kind, helpful, and amazingly available. We never would have gotten off the ground were it not for Cesar.
I can not recommend Cesar enough for your technical needs. He is the best.
The effectiveness of your website relies on developing a strategy. The best strategy relies on the right combination of tools and technology.
The following is a list of the 'core' tools & technologies I use and recommend using (I have researched, studied, and extensively used everything that I recommend.) I know firsthand that the developers stand behind their products, and the people on the support forums are very helpful.
I am confident that these tools will work together and provide you superior functionality and presentation to offer the best user experience possible.
Depending on what type of site you have (regular or membership) you usually need 4 - 6 extra plugins to take care of forms, SEO, forum sync, etc. and any other functionality you want to add.
These are the ones that will let you know what's going on in your site and make it grow in the long run — analytics, funnels, automation, social networking, affiliates, scripts, zaps, etc.
He changed the game for us
"Cesar is an incredible talent and resource for us! His ability to see the vision of where projects are headed and make them happen is fantastic! We spent years… and wasted a lot of money on people who said they could do a lot when they would end up contributing so little.
Cesar changed the game for us! Now, with his help, we get more done in one day than we used to get done in a month. We couldn't be more thrilled to call him part of our team! I highly recommend Cesar Pinto!"
He truly made my vision come to life
"Cesar was instrumental in the development of my membership site! He truly made my vision come to life and I’m absolutely in love with the website he created. Cesar spent countless hours developing tutorials to equip me with the ability to maintain my website independently. This was truly invaluable, as I had very little website experience. Cesar went above and beyond to answer my questions and ensured that my website ran smoothly during its launch. I truly recommend Cesar – he’s patient, reliable, and his expertise is unmatched! I can’t imagine working with anyone else!"
His dedication to finishing the job and doing it well
"I have been working with Cesar for almost two months now, and I only have great things to say about his work and friendliness. He has created an entire website for our business. Not only has he been working in the back end of the site, but he has been there to answer any questions that I have. It has been great knowing that I can ask him any questions and get a quick and educated response. I have also asked his opinion on many different aspects of the website.
Cesar also created multiple tutorial videos to show us how to handle everything once we part ways. These tutorials are not generic videos, he has made videos just for us and our website! They have been extremely helpful, especially since I have not had prior experience with WordPress or website building at all.
The last thing I would like to mention is his dedication to finishing the job and doing it well. Not knowing that our contract expired with Cesar, I went and asked him for some advice one morning. First he responded with all the information I needed, then politely let me know that the contract was up. But still offered to help finish what we were doing that day. That shows great character!
He cares about your business and thinks like a true partner
"Cesar is one of the best developers I've ever worked with-- and I've worked with a lot! He's helpful, patient, and an expert on all things related to Thrive Architect. Cesar's contribution goes beyond simply delivering a project; he cares about your business and thinks like a true partner.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone interested in building a site using Thrive."
To better understand your specific needs and give you a fair quote, we need to get in touch first. My fee depends on many factors. Some of the factors include the complexity of the project and whether it is a one-time project or a recurring working relationship.
I don't bill by the hour, nor do I recommend clients enter a technical project based on paying an hourly rate. There needs to be setting expectations and a pre-determined cost for a project to be successful. Don't sign up for a project where the final price is unknown or keep increasing.
The following are some factors that I focus on to make a project successful, and my clients happy:
I do. I offer a 'Tech Peace of Mind' monthly plan (priced differently depending on your particular needs), and it's basically me taking care of everything related to the 'tech side' of your membership (updates, optimizations, fixes, dealing -if needed- with the developers of the theme, plugins, hosting, etc.) and helping you out with the general needs of the site (landing pages, customization, tweaks, implementation of new features, consulting, etc.). You might need me once a week or five times per day; it doesn't matter. You can always count on me (even on Weekends if it's an urgent matter and I'm around).
I'm a one-person team, so I take care of everything personally (no sub-contractors or other people hired to do the job or offer support), and all the communication takes place in a private Slack channel created specifically for your project, so it's easy for you (or your team) to go through the Q/A or follow the tutorial videos.
Please scroll down to the FAQ section for more details about working together.
Sometimes it's less about skill and more about the person
"I have experience with Cesar purely with IP Board, and not with any membership software. So I can't speak to anything about that side. When I checked out his site, I noticed a few testimonials from some Member Site Academy individuals. I think he gets a lot of his business through here, which I think is good because he's always really helpful and free with sharing his knowledge. I have heard SO MANY great things about him.
I run an art membership with over 2000 members. I had to move the forums (self hosted IP Board, which I highly recommend) to the new domain. I was really tired from moving everything else myself (business partner is not tech minded at all), and so I messaged Cesar asking to pay him to move it for me. He replied saying that he'd just guide me through and live chat with me through the process and take no money from me (!!!). He kept following up with me because he knew I had a deadline and asking if it was okay and if I needed any help. Eventually I told him that I just want to pay him and not think about it. He was able to do it the very next day. Which he did! Everything was smooth! it all worked out - he chatted to my hosting company on my behalf, I gave him logins and he just did everything. He kept me up to date at all times through Slack. He worked on it until it was done, and until it was right. If I had any questions about things (even some that were not about the forums), he would tell me everything he knew, or he would research it and let me know.
I can't express how grateful I am for him. He helped me out when I was at the end of my tech rope. I could have done the move over myself but the money I paid him was SO WORTH IT.
That's kind of a story, but it might give some insight into what working with him is like. Happy to answer any questions you have. With online business, sometimes it's less about skill and more about the person. Even the best person to someone might not be a perfect fit for someone else."
He is the kind of person that will be there when you need him
"Cesar and I have worked on multiple projects. He is one of few consultants that I have worked with that I would recommend. My experience with consultants has not always been positive. Many consultants come in with predetermined ideas and solutions without listening to the needs of the client or how their business works. Many times, they just want to repeat what they have always done in the past. Many implement and leave without taking into consideration whether their client is really equipped to maintain the software, components, and website. Running a successful website is more than having a domain name and some web pages.
Cesar impressed me even before we started working together. In order to get to know him, I sent him multiple emails with numerous questions. I was surprised and impressed that he actually read and responded to each question. His responses were in depth and thoughtful.
After working with Cesar on multiple projects, I can highly recommend his services to others. He has impressed me by partnering up with me to implement my concepts by using the considerable and broad expertise that he has. He not only thinks through my requests, but he also suggests many things that I have not considered. He has been very responsive to my requests or problems. He takes ownership in what he does.
Cesar has been very generous with his knowledge and expertise. He created tutorials and documentation to walk me through how to do things. His videos have been essential in understanding and learning the in's and out's of many of the technologies that we used.
Cesar's contributions included hosting selection, design, plugins, implementation, optimization, membership options, landing pages, forums, training, Thrive Themes, Active Campaign, and many other aspects of starting up, maintaining, and enhancing my websites. A consultant is not only important at the start, but also after you are up and running and encounter the issues of having a website. Cesar is the kind of person that will be there when you need him."
A valuable member of the team, not just a contractor
"Cesar did a fantastic job on my new membership website. His work is such an improvement over what I had before. He made it easy and fun for me to use, easy to teach to my assistants, and easy and enjoyable for my members to navigate. The members are impressed with the site, and that makes me very happy. I had some complex needs for my site, and Cesar really helped me find workable solutions, keeping the big picture in mind. He helpfully set me up with new technical features that make the site more enticing for my members and easier for me to manage, as well as screenshots and short training videos to train me and my assistants on the site admin panel.
I especially appreciated Cesar’s contributions to the content-delivery strategy of the site, which helped me decide the most efficient ways to provide my content to members and how to adjust my business model accordingly.
Cesar has been a valuable member of the team, not just a contractor. He cares about the relationship, and he cares about finding the best solution. When he isn’t sure of the right course, he goes the extra mile and researches it. He was extremely dedicated and also easy to reach, via Slack, with any questions or for fixes. Also has a warm attitude and good sense of humor — important for those high-pressure times! Would definitely work with him again."
I thought I knew what I was doing, but...
"Cesar has helped me get my first membership site ready to launch. I thought I knew what I was doing, but Cesar showed me important changes to make in the way I was setting things up. This made big improvements to my site.
Cesar recorded quick videos to help me see exactly what to do. He is super responsive - very quick to get back to me when I had questions. I'm sure I will work with him again on my next project. Highly recommended!"
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Cesar Pinto - Helping online businesses and entrepreneurs since 2005.
I remember those exciting days when I built my first blog (in Blogger). It was about music, chatting, and sharing, and it somehow got famous in a few weeks. Through the embedded chat, I met some people. One of them asked me to build a similar blog for her. So, I did. It was fulfilling to see how happy she was to share her own stories and music with the world and connect with her audience. We became great friends, but one day, I didn't hear from her anymore.
A few weeks later, a mutual friend told me that she had passed away. She had cancer, and I didn't know. My friend told me that she had been thrilled spending her last week's interacting with the community in her blog. She was doing this from her small room at the hospital. Shortly after, I left my everyday 9-5 engineering job with a few savings and lots of expectations. I started my web development journey. I figured that if I could help others to connect and interact as I did with her, and provide some happiness along the way, it would be worth it.
Back in 2005, I used to play Yahoo Hearts all the time. One of those endless nights someone from that community mentioned that he needed to create a website for his upcoming venture. He had invested in a couple of trucks and was getting into the moving business. I offered to help and delivered a straightforward but functional website. It was just basic and plain HTML & CSS. He got his first contract in a matter of days, and I felt like the king of the world.
Then someone mentioned something called CMS (content management system). They called this CMS WordPress. All of a sudden, everything changed. I put all my focus, savings, and energy on learning WordPress. It was growing and changing so fast, new themes and plugins launched every day, and I tried to absorb it all. I spent a lot of time and money on many tools that didn't pay back or deliver as promised.
I got hooked and consumed on learning and expanding my knowledge and business. I was involved in so many different projects, writing in blogs, working as an English-Spanish translator, and trying to learn and experiment with all the tools and technology that I could. I was trying to do everything all at once, and that's usually not a good idea. I was a workaholic and WordPress 'technoholic'. The money, on the other hand, was excellent, but it meant that I had no life. This work pace started to take its toll on my health, my relationships, my family, and my joy.
To make a long story short, it took me a while to understand that I needed to narrow my niche and decide on the tools I'd use and master from that point on. I knew in the back of my head that it was the right move, but I was so caught up in the moment that it was hard to pull back and focus.
It wasn't until my wife got pregnant, and more precisely until I looked into my first daughter's eyes for the first time, that I finally understood. Life is not about getting what you want, but about getting what you need, and loving what you have. Right there, holding my daughter in my arms in the delivery room, I had all I needed.
Some people ask me why I always use the same image as my avatar. The avatar was created using a significant and essential picture in my life. The photo was taken the day before our first child was born. My wife and I were on our way to the clinic, and I had finally promised that I'd make my family the priority from that point on. We thought of 'capturing the moment' when we arrived, so we asked the cabbie to take a picture. The picture captured that look in my wife's eyes, that facial expression full of hope and dreams. It always keeps me driven and reminds me of the promise I made that day.
Looking back, something that I would have loved to have when I started (or didn't know what to do) is someone to guide me, someone to tell me what tools to use and teach me patiently how to use them, someone who has started from scratch and be in a position to give advice based on his own experience (and not because he read something about it on the internet), an unselfish soul with no qualms when it comes to sharing everything he learned and continues to learn every day.
How much time, money, and frustrations would that have saved me? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
That is, precisely, what this is all about.
It's official; Superman wears Cesar Pinto Pyjamas!
"That's no overstatement, Cesar has been a virtual superhero with the assistance he’s provided in helping rebuild my membership association. Creating a membership site doesn’t come without a cost, but the money spent on employing Cesar’s services was, by far, the best investment I made.
What might have been four months of hard work, with lots of trial and error, was calmly accomplished in little over a week. But more than just the timed saved, the greatest benefit for working with Cesar is the reassurance of knowing that everything is in safe hands. And, if you encounter any difficulty, at any time, Cesar is there to help you find a clear and effective solution.
If you’re building an online business, and especially if it involves a membership site, then I wholeheartedly recommend the services of Cesar Pinto."
I would be happy to act as a reference
"I want to say I have really enjoyed working with Cesar. Nothing is ever a problem with Cesar and his response times are always second to none. As we had no experience in developing websites, Cesar was very helpful and guided us all the way with some excellent suggestions and inputs. I initially thought communicating with Cesar via Slack and email would be awkward for a website development but soon found it to be a great resource and a great way to keep track of work that was done and that needs to be done.
I would recommend using Cesar to anybody and would be happy to act as a reference."
I would highly recommend his services
"Working with Cesar is an absolute pleasure. He managed to create the solution we requested while replying to every single question in a timely manner and providing videos with his explanation so we can apply those changes/solutions in the future by ourselves in case we want to do so. I would highly recommend his services and we definitely want to keep working with him in the future!"
His patience knows no bounds
"Cesar I can't thank you enough for the work you did on my membership site. The site looks beautiful, is easy to navigate for my members and easy for me to update and modify. I could not have completed this project without you. Your knowledge of membership sites, user experience and technology was invaluable. It is an understatement to say that you went above and beyond on this project to ensure a successful outcome.
I highly recommend Cesar if you are looking to build a first rate membership site- his patience knows no bounds."
DEBORAH T. OWENS
A description of the project (as detailed as possible - this will be crucial to define the right tools for your project) and some content if available (text, pictures, videos, sections, etc.).
There's not one single answer to this question. Every project is unique and quoted based on its requirements. To give you a fair quote, we need to get in touch and discuss these requirements first.
It depends. Is it a full website? A landing page? A sales funnel? A membership? On average, my turnaround is 48-72 hours, but the pace of any project is mostly determined by how much input the clients can provide about what they want and how soon the content is ready.
Of course. I'll be beside you for two weeks after the project has been delivered to answer all your questions and record tutorials explaining anything you want to know. After that, you can keep me around for more customization, updates, support, optimization, etc. joining my 'tech peace of mind' plan.
Yes. You will learn to manage the essential aspects of your website on your own, and I will provide you with a set of comprehensive video tutorials to help you. Plus, I will be around to answer any questions you have.
I am. If it has anything to do with Thrive Themes or any of the tools mentioned in this site, let's get in touch and discuss it.
Of course! All you need is an idea of what you want to do online. If you can envision it, I will work with you and bring your idea to life.
Yes. Although I have experience working with other tools, I currently work with the ones mentioned on this page only.
It depends on your preferences and the type of website you want. If you're a ThriveThemes' member, you already know that the core of their themes is pretty similar, so there wouldn't be a specific one that works better than the others (I'd choose Pressive or Rise for now, until their long-awaited ThemeBuilder is out).
If you are building a membership delivering mostly courses, lessons, and files, I recommend the Memberoni theme and the ThriveArchitect plugin.
That should be you. You are the expert on your business, so it's best if it comes from you or someone from your team.
Yes. I mentioned a few sections above that I usually start sketching your project in my staging environment. However, if you prefer me to start directly in your hosting account, I would, as there are no technical issues.
I do. Optimization is one of my priorities on every project I take. Note that speed mainly depends on your hosting package, so make sure to choose a good one.
Of course! You may need help once a month or five times a week, it doesn't matter, you can count on me. If required, we can even set 1-on-1 webinar sessions. There's also my famous 'Tech Peace Of Mind' monthly plan that you can join anytime.
I'm afraid not as the minimum commitment is three months, but let's get in touch and discuss your particular needs. I'm sure we can come to a solution.
Just get in touch. I'm only a message away (currently living in Lima, Peru - Central Time | EST-1 | GMT-5 | BST-6) via email, contact form, or instant messaging on Slack.
* I don't talk directly to clients (that'd be unfair to my other clients).
"Cesar is the steady and solid problem-solver I've used for setting up a membership site as well as redesigning my website. He is fast, reliable and has solved all tech problems I've encountered so far. I'd recommend Cesar any time."
"Cesar was a pleasure to work with. He delivered a quality website in a timely manner and always made himself available to address any concerns we had. We will definitely be working with him in the future."
Music entrepreneur Club
"Working with Cesar to develop my website was a very collaborative process that resulted in a website I am so excited about! He professionally balanced listening to my needs and wants for the website with providing solid advice and guidance about best practices for conversation and SEO."
SKYE EDDY BRUCE
Soccer Parenting Association
"Cesar is outstanding! He's helped us build our membership site from start to finish, including all 3 Levels, email automation, payment integrations - the works! You won't go wrong hiring him!"
Annuity Agents Academy
"I am SO grateful to have Cesar on my team. I knew that Thrive Themes was the way to go for me. I wanted to focus on creating content though and the thoughts of having to put my site together on my own felt overwhelming (and a waste of my time).
I could see that blogging would be a foundational piece of my business and I wanted to be able to do that in the most optimized way without having to rely on others. I reached out for help in the Thrive Themes forum and Cesar responded.
With just a domain name and a huge desire to create value for women with fertility challenges, we started out. In no time I had a lovely site. And now I am publishing on a regular basis. We continue to improve it one step at a time but the foundations of a very solid educational business are in place and my skills are growing.
I love working with Cesar. He has a lot of experience and knowledge which he shares very generously. As well as being excellent at the technical and marketing side of things, he has a personable and empowering way about him. He is a wonderful teacher and models beautifully how to create value for his clients! I feel so lucky to have him on my team and can recommend him without hesitation.
Engaging The Feminine
"When building out a membership site, you're bound to run into some snags. For me, these problems always seemed so easy to fix (i.e., changing the padding between menu items, styling registration pages with CSS, etc.). Yet they consistently turned into multiple-day or deals... where I'd be stuck leveraging Google search until 4am most nights and communicating with less-than-helpful plugin 'support teams'.
I hired Cesar, and within twenty minutes, he solved two issues I'd spent the last 72 hours trying to fix. I plan on using him for all of my membership work moving forward."
Perfect Hair Health
"Since I've been working with Cesar, I've been delighted with the service he provides. Everything I ask to be done is dealt with so quickly, and he answers all my questions - which there are many! - patiently."
Grow Your Private Practice
"Cesar has been a pleasure to work with. He is knowledgeable, affordable, and highly responsive, which is incredibly important when you have customers waiting and need an immediate response."
Mindful Art Studio
"I've been working with Cesar for 10 years and for 10 years, he has played an integral role in the success of our website and internet marketing goals. He is knowledgeable, collaborative, and dependable. If I have a question, I know Cesar has an answer."
Messa & Associates
"Cesar has been the most amazing help to me and not only that I feel that I have made a new friend... Cesar is there 24/7 ready to help any which way he can to deliver the answers or actually solve the issue for me. Having Cesar as my mentor has helped me focus on more important areas of my online business and saved me hours and hours of time!!
I hope to be doing more business with Cesar in the future, and appreciate all the time he has put in, in helping me get to where I am today."
Blu Butterfly Nail Tips
"Cesar and Thrive Themes, what a powerful combination. I was highly impressed with his skills, professionalism and his prompt response. From now on he will be the only designer I work with. A+++
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