A jar of peanut butter sits atop the kitchen counter beside Hannah Granata’s Macbook. Her four children gather around asking questions, working on their school lessons, eating snacks, and occasionally getting into trouble as children inevitably do. All the while, Hannah appears at ease balancing an assortment of tasks that would seem daunting to even the most accomplished of multi-taskers. She spreads peanut butter on crackers, answers questions, breaks up skirmishes and works on building websites for her clients.
Hannah and Eric Granata have four young children, two giant dogs, a cat, and a few other pets. They educate their children at home and Eric works at a full-time job for a promotional products distributorship in their home town of Oklahoma City. Plus, in their “spare" time, they also own and operate Screen Four Solutions, a creative design and branding company specializing in developing beautiful, practical websites and support to a growing base of clients.
“On any given day, we have to worry about feeding, dressing, school work, house work, pet work and more,” Hannah explains. “Plus, we have to make sure that we’re investing in each other and our relationships and not just working on all the things that have to get done.”
Their key to success is keeping things simple. Creating simple solutions to complex problems is a difficult task, but the Granatas have made a business of it, with the help of LightCMS. The Granatas point to a host of ways that LightCMS lightens their load and allows them to meet the needs of their clients.
On the design side, Eric is able to make use of LightCMS’s built-in templates or craft completely custom themes quickly and easily, which saves him and his clients time and money. Once a site is handed over to a client, there’s virtually no learning curve so Hannah doesn’t have to spend time on training or support.
It’s these time-saving features inherent in LightCMS that really stick out to the Granatas. With so many activities and responsibilities in their lives, every little bit of time saved is invaluable because it means more time they can spend as a family.
"LightCMS is one less thing to stress over. You can’t put a value on that."
LightCMS is a far cry from the previous content management system (CMS) they used. Their previous CMS worked, but things changed for Eric when he began using LightCMS after taking a job for a church that was using the platform.
“There was this eureka moment when I first used it,” he says. “I discovered I could update a website simply by typing content directly into an application. LightCMS is so much more intuitive, and a perfect fit for many of our clients who might not be as technically savvy. They see content on a page and a black bar above it and say, ‘cool I can edit this.’ That’s nice because our clients don’t need to call us to ask how to update their site, but instead can do it on their own.”
Additionally, with LightCMS, the Granatas no longer need to worry about the headaches associated with hosting a site themselves. LightCMS’s Developer Program provides time-saving tools like managing multiple websites under one account and automated client billing.
With LightCMS, the Granatas can operate and grow a profitable website business while still enjoying a very full life together as a family. In fact, the success and portability of Screen Four Productions allows them to dream of one day taking their life on the road.
“We’ve always had an idea that one day maybe we’ll sell everything and travel the country in an RV or something,” Eric Granata says with a smile. "Since we homeschool the kids we can educate them anywhere. And with Screen Four and LightCMS, we can still generate income no matter where we are. It’s a dream, anyway. A pretty nice dream.”