What is a ‘bumbershoot’ you might ask?
A Bumbershoot is an old-fashioned word for ‘umbrella‘. A red umbrella became the international symbol for the sex worker rights movement in 2001. For some sex workers, red is the colour of love, while others state that the umbrella symbolises protection.
If you look closely at my logo, the umbrella, or bumbershoot, is not red but the handle forms the ‘C’ of the word creative. Who doesn’t love a little creativity?
I need a sex worker website that really showcases me
Have you been bumbling along for months or years trying to design, create and manage the sex worker business website of your dreams, on your own?
Do you wish you had a professional-looking website that is safe and secure and won’t be taken down by the FOSTA/SESTA regulations and other governing laws?
Have you been ripped off by unscrupulous web designers who think that because of your profession you have thousands and thousands of dollars?
Then you’ve come to the right place to get a fair deal from someone who’s ‘been there’ and ‘done that’. We understand the industry as we’ve been a part of it, and we really ‘get you’.
There are a lot of things to consider when designing and building a website. Anyone can create a cookie-cutter, paint by numbers website from a template-based program but there is much more to it than that. There are the PHP and CSS coding, performance optimisations, CDNs just for starters, not to mention the security issues.
How we can help you
At Bumbershoot Creative we work with you collaboratively to provide you with everything you’ll need to get your website off the ground and get the quality clientele you want:
- solutions to shadowbanning, moralistic terms of service and other forms of censorship
- secure adult industry-friendly billing or FOSTA-SESTA safe hosting with either wpengine or Red Cloud
- SSL Installation and migrations and best-practice coding
- professional photography and videography to showcase your unique brand, art or skills
- showreels, advertising, clip sites and other film projects using unique shooting locations
Our services are sex worker and LGBTQIA+ friendly and reasonably priced to get you started or give your existing site a much-needed revamp.
We use and recommend two hosting companies that provide adult content and sex worker-friendly hosting options.
The first one is WP Engine that allows adult content on their hosting platform, including porn. Hosting WordPress websites worldwide means they are suitable for websites that have a lot of traffic and need fast load times for your clientele.
As a WP Engine agency partner when you sign-up for a WP Engine hosting plan through us, you will get your first three months of hosting free. You can also purchase shared hosting on one of our pre-existing plans through our Bumbershoot Creative shop.
The other is Red Cloud Hosting started by Estelle Lucas, an Australian sex worker, after the passage of FOSTA/SESTA in the United States. Red Cloud Hosting is an Australian company with servers based in Australia, and by their own account, unlikely to be affected by US legislation.
Some of the types of sex workers they provide safe hosting to include:
However, their one limitation is that they are unable to host porn websites.
We can also migrate your existing WordPress website from your current host to a sex work-friendly alternative. If your current website is built on Wix, Squarespace, or another similar website builder platform, we would love to rebuild it for you with WordPress.
Tip or Hint: It’s hard to understand the FOSTA/SESTA laws but we’re all over this security stuff, contact us on Instagram if you have more questions.
Feel safe and supported by your web designer
Because we’ve been where you are now, we know what it feels like to think that web designers won’t understand your vision or your style. What makes you ‘you’ is very important to capture both for the aesthetics, and the flow of your website. Having beautiful imagery is not just a bonus; it’s a necessity.
We have sex worker friendly alternative tools for mailing lists, newsletters, video hosting, membership sites, and billing. You want to be able to rest easy, knowing that your online presence is safe and secure. It’s really important to have the right tools to solve industry-specific challenges, and we won’t ghost you and leave you in the lurch.
Have a website that gets you more bookings that are right for you
As a business dedicated to the advocacy of sex workers, this is our ‘why’ for being an independent creative agency focused on web, video and photography services that are reasonably priced. We understand and implement greater online security, safety and reliability for sex workers and their online content.
If it’s a beautiful website that showcases your business in all its creative glory or a professional photoshoot or video you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Your Sex Work-Friendly Web Designer
Kim is an independent filmmaker and web designer/developer. Her short films have been selected for and screened at festivals around the world from Perth, Australia to New York City. As the founder of Bumbershoot Creative, she aims to apply her own creative skills and experiences to new projects, helping and supporting her clients as they grow their own businesses and ventures.