Some of the services offered by Cooked Media

Striking Website Design

At Cooked Media we proud ourselves on customized, eye-catching and effective designs with customized functionality that speak to your targeted customer about your brand.

Customised Website Development

Having experience programming in several languages and natural curiosity and keenness to further develop our skills allows us to easily  customize projects for our clients.

Affordable Website Hosting

We offer affordable website hosting to our clients - several packages are available from as little as R99 per month (Unlimited Bandwidth, 5 SQL Databases, 1GB Hard Disk Space & up to 100 Email Accounts included!).

Speedy Domain Registration

Cooked Media responds rapidly to requests to register domain names so you won't miss out on that clever web address idea you just had!

Logo and Brand Design

At Cooked Media we will assist you in conceptualising your new business from the logo up.  Get you business cards, email stationery, social media, web and newsletter templates branded consistently throughout your business.

Branded WordPress Themes

Cooked Media can create a WordPress theme for your brand that is unique to your installation and marries seamlessly with your existing branding and style ethos.

Recent Projects

  • Sky Safaris

    We recently completed this development for our client Sky Safaris.  The development included logo design, the website featuring e-Commerce functionality, and other branding projects.

  • EM-Between Communications

    EM-Between Communictaions

    We recently completed the design and development of the EM-Between Communications website. This WordPress and customised WooTheme development featured a Booking Module as well as Client Gallery Module.

  • Sikuyo Impumelelo Co-operative

    Sikuyo Impumelelo Co-operative

    We recently completed the website for Sikuyo Impumelelo Co-operative. This was a WordPress development featuring a booking feature for courses.

  • Roxi Wardman

    Roxi Wardman

    We recently completed the design and development of Roxi Wardman’s (Masterchef SA Contestant) website. It was a WordPress Website with customised WooTheme with additional Recipe and Upcoming Event info.

  • Chef

    Chef

    We recently designed and developed Chef – Stainless Steel Braais website. The website was a WordPress WooCommerce Development with Theme Customisation. Recipes and Store Locator functionality was also added.

  • The Gourmet Bushie

    The Gourmet Bushie

    We recently designed and developed The Gourmet Bushie website for Ultimate Braai Master 2014 contestant Sherwyn Weaich. This was a WordPress development using WooTheme with customisation. It also featured Recipe and Event Listing functionality.

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Testimonials

What people think of Cooked Media

Building a website can be quite an ordeal for clients. The process is a mystery to them and a lot of the work happens in the background. They often feel they are being let down, and that the web developer is just doing what they want, not what the client wants.

The day Chantal came into our professional lives is one I will remember for ever, because the web development process all of a sudden became fun again. My clients love her, and more importantly, they trust her. She is fast, efficient, knowledgeable and fun to work with. All of these skills and advantages mean that she is my web developer of choice.

Mel Gard

Chantal was an absolute pleasure to deal with!
From start to finish I felt at ease knowing that my new, revamped website would be fabulous.
Chantal listened to my requirements and offered perfect solutions and designs to accommodate these requests. Nothing was too much trouble and I was given regular updates throughout the development process.
I LOVE my new website and highly recommend Chantal and her team!

Emma Dunk

I have so enjoyed working with Chantal.  She is articulate, fun, creative, a great designer, and has a nothing-is-too-much-trouble attitude.

When we decided to revamp Westville B&B’s website, I approached Chantal who I had met through the KZN Women in Business network.  We are delighted with the result and have had numerous compliments on it.  Our MailChimp Newsletter Template looks amazing – professional, trendy and on point.

We highly recommend Chantal for any of your web-based and design needs.

Wow ! Chantal you really did get us cooking!  Your creativity in designing our website was awesome!  Thank you for all your inspiration and hard work.  We will definitely refer you and hope to use you for all our future projects.

From The Blog

Working from home tips – the busy woman’s guide to doing it well

 Women working from home … Magazines and TV shows would have you believe this is a glamorous affair, freshly groomed and dressed casual but smart, these super women are never frazzled, have so much more time, and can whip up a soufflé one handed while closing a deal on the latest smart phone in the other manicured hand – oh and don’t forget the baby bouncing on one hip! Do yourself a favour and Google “woman working at home” – it’s very entertaining!

The fantasy of working from home

The fantasy of working from home

The reality – well my reality at least – is far from those images! So far in fact, that I have written this in the hopes I’m not alone and that this will resonate with other women working from home.  There really should be more articles with “working from home tips” as a topic! At the very least, take a break and have a giggle with me.

Working from home – stark reality for a busy woman:

  • You actually end up work longer hours because you live in your office. Of course everyone thinks you actually work less because you are home after all!
  • As time passes, you get lazy with your appearance, why dress up to walk to the other side of your house?
  • Distractions are all around and un-ending, “house wifey” distractions … Everyone needs your attention from the domestic worker or gardener to the animals and kids (fortunately I don’t have kids right now)!
  • You tend to work through illness, tiredness, “leave”, etc. because you’re at home anyway, so there’s no “going home sick”!
  • You don’t take breaks, lunch, etc. because again you’re home, where you want to be, so breaking to boil an egg or put some cheese on biscuits because it’s 3pm and you’re ravenous is the equivalent of your “lunch break”.
  • People dump all sorts of errands and favours on you because after all you have the time (in their eyes) … You don’t work … You “work from home”!
Real woman working from home

What working from home really looks like

So what is a busy woman who works from home to do?  Read on for my working from home tips  to get you through your day efficiently…

Let’s start with some sound BUSINESS working from home tips for women:

  • To do lists are your friend – use them and tick them off … This is supremely satisfying and achieving those small goals keeps you positive and moving rapidly through your day.
  • Alarms are also your friend – if you get focused to distraction, set alarms to get you out of your focus-mode and on to the next task. Of course they help you remember meetings and help you to arrive on time for them too!
  • Saying no – this is key in all areas of your life, learn to say no firmly and if necessary learn to say F$&k off nicely too!
  • Saying not now – this is vital, especially for over achievers, you can’t do it all now … So learn to say “yes but later”.
Learn to say "No"

Learn to say “No”

  • Networking – unless you want to forget how to communicate with others, and become some sort of strange dirty-haired recluse, get out there and network for some interaction and perspective.
  • Take meetings out of the office – find a local coffee shop, library, mall or in fact several spots you like and meet clients there rather than in your home office.
Have your meetings in coffee shops

Have your meetings in coffee shops

So you have your business life working (because in a perfect world you’ve followed all the working from home tips I’ve given so far!) but what about the practical personal stuff? The “woman” stuff?

Here are my practical PERSONAL working from home tips for  women:

  • No need to wash your hair everyday, it’s amazing what a Tangle Teazer and Invisibobble will do! In fact, keep an Invisibobble on your wrist at all times! High slicked back pony tail or bun for the win!
  • Tinted moisturizer! Two steps in one – excellent! Every minute counts and it prevents you scaring the domestic or delivery man with your makeup-less self!  My one of choice is Dermalogica’s Sheer Tint – it’s freeking awesome and so good for your skin!
  • EOS lip balms! You will never catch me without “lip ice” … And these EOS (evolution of smooth) Lip Balms are so clever because they’re funky round balls with a flat bottom that can stand anywhere and be left all over the house and office! They’re too big to get lost in a handbag, or bottom of a drawer, and they’re also organic and all that good stuff! And they taste delicious!
  • Tank tops with built in bras! Oh. My. Goodness. Lifesaver! Whilst I absolutely LOVE my Liza Clifford bras and won’t leave the house without one on, when I’m home, I want to be slouchy comfy! Check out the Woolies range of tanks with built in bras, and their camisoles with hidden support, the tanks with the built in bra do the job surprisingly well, even if you’re well endowed.
  • Cotton pants, linen pants, slouchy pants! Don’t do it! Don’t do track pants and become THAT slouchy in your home office! Cotton or linen pants offer that slouchy comfort but can see you amply out the door to the shops or to that meeting as well! When you find a pair that works for you, buy them in every colour!  I have these Woolies ones in all 3 colours!
  • Fancy “slops” – beaded, embellished, whatever works for you. Holster are my brand of choice and also keep me comfy in the house and see me out the house just fine too! Also check out Sweet P sandals.
  • Fitbit Flex or any other step counter – when your work at home involves sitting in front of a computer or at a desk for hours on end, this will remind you to move that ass! Or at the very least show you just how in-active you are, hopefully one day this will inspire me to get more active!
  • Water – keep a jug around all the time – flavour it is you must with scented teas, lemon slices, etc. Next time you yawn or are hungry, try a big glass of water first, 8 out of 10 times you were actually dehydrated!
  • Weimaraner puppy – or any other puppy or needy animal of choice – when you’re too much in that focus-mode, having a puppy that jumps on you periodically and demands your attention will keep you laughing, silly and will remind you not to take yourself and your business too seriously!

Stop and smell the roses periodically and remind yourself why you’re working from home!

My best working from home tip?

Remember to work smarter, not harder!  Of course, with my business being websites, I have to ask you the question, how much more work could your website be doing for you?  I have a web-based invoicing system, my lead generation comes from word of mouth and web only, and my website is a 24/7 sales person for my business – showcasing recent projects, client testimonials, relevant articles and even allowing clients to book time in my calendar!

What is your website doing for your business?

If your answer is “Not enough”, then contact us to find out how to make your website work more for you, so you can work less!

Our Team

Team members at Cooked Media

Chantal Edouard-Betsy

Owner of Cooked Media

Chantal's roots are in corporate Information Technology and Project Management, with experience across the board from Developer to Project Manager. Her creativity was given free reign whilst flipping numerous houses, building her personal design portfolio, brand and reputation. Chantal is probably best know for co-founding and co-owning The Bedroom, which is a successful high-end retail brand aimed at women, this was instrumental in further building her skills in the areas of retail, marketing, branding and franchising. Since selling The Bedroom, and being somewhat of a serial entrepreneur, Chantal married her diverse experience from IT, marketing, design, small business, franchising and networking and created Cooked Media - a design and development house specializing in online design of websites, newsletter templates, and other design projects as well as website hosting.

Chantal is known for her passion, dedication, commitment to projects, work ethic, authenticity and creativity. She gives 110% in all she does.

Specialties: Social Media, Social Networking, Brand Development, Marketing Strategy, Advertising, Web Design, Web Development, Entrepreneurship, Small Business Strategy, Management

Verna Lewis

Administrator & PA at Cooked Media

Verna Lewis comes from a long and successful career as a Personal Assistant to Directors & CEO's of various Durban companies, but her true passion is dancing. She has done everything from ballet to belly dance, performed as a  professional dancer for Napac, Sun International and various smaller dance companies and also done a stint overseas, in Cyprus, where she combined both her dancing and P.A. skills working for the Director of the Free Flight Dance Academy and Theatre School.

Verna brings her dance-based discipline and administrative experience to Cooked Media, as well as her attention to detail when filling websites with content.  She is thoroughly enjoying the many new challenges involved in the world of website design.

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