Be Like Water

Effective, custom web design and development for nonprofits.


I'm Mike Mella. I am a very experienced designer, developer, and strategist based in Toronto, Canada. I want the Web to be more beautiful and more usable. I have been creating websites since 1999. Before some of my competitors had yet discovered the Internet, I was already building websites on it.  Today I work primarily with non-profit organizations. I specialize in working with Craft CMS, ExpressionEngine, Statamic, and Tailwind, and I am an official member of the Craft Partners Network.

Before starting my company, I worked as the Web manager for a large Canadian charity. I speak English and French fluently, and I have earned a certification in Google’s Tag Manager Fundamentals course. I also co-host the Website 101 Podcast.

I launched my website design company, Be Like Water, in 2009. Named for an Eastern philosophy, Be Like Water is based on the principle of adaptability:

“In expression, water is honest.
In confrontation, water stays gentle.
In governance, water does not control.
In action, water aligns to timing.”
- Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Like water, the Web is always changing. Be Like Water will help you stay current.