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We are Saltmedia and we are a web design firm based in Grande Prairie, Alberta. We're blogging now to speak to the business community in matters relevant to our work such as SEO and how we help our clients be found online.

Is Your Website Mobile Friendly?

Is Your Website Mobile Friendly?
If you're not sure if your website is compatible with mobile devices like smart phones and tablets, your business could be missing out. In fact, in today's fast paced, technological world, failing to provide a great user experience for the vast majority of people who search the web when they're on the go is likely what's stopping you from taking your business to the next level - both on and off of the Internet. Consumers Demand Mobile Compatibility Today's shoppers are savvier and more demanding than ever, which means your website needs to be up to the task of providing the information they need, precisely when they need it. Fingers and thumbs need to be able to navigate websites. Scrolling in every direction will no longer cut it, nor will super slow loading speeds. Failing to provide mobile users with a positive experience will ultimately prevent you from turning these site......
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What Sets Professional Web Developers Apart

What Sets Professional Web Developers Apart
With all of the advertising for DIY websites on the internet today, it seems some people are confusing the professional web development process with the act of choosing a generic template and colour scheme and plunking in text and images. To create a totally custom, high quality website, you have to read and write the languages of the website software, and it takes completing a 2 or 4-year course at the college or university level to become a true master of these skills. The Pro Web Developers' Skill Set At the very least, someone trained and experienced in web development will have a knowledge of and experience in the following: know how to read and write website software languages like HTML, JavaScript, CSS and PHP have a great grasp of the design process, with an understanding of colour, flow, balance and spacing be an expert in User Experience (UX), and specifically......
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WordPress & Joomla: Why Joomla Ranks No. 1 at Saltmedia

WordPress & Joomla: Why Joomla Ranks No. 1 at Saltmedia
Whether you're planning to hire a website design company to build the first ever site for your business, or you think it's time to revamp your online presence with a slick new website, the Content Management Software system, or CMS, you choose will play a large role in the user experience. The CMS has the very important task of keeping track of all of the content on a website, so it goes without saying that choosing a CMS solution is a pretty important decision. Now, WordPress is a big name in the industry and many of our competitors use this platform exclusively, mostly because it's notorious for being easy to use. At Saltmedia, however, we use both WordPress and Joomla, but actually prefer the latter for a number of pretty key reasons. Let's take a look: WordPress & Joomla at a Glance You can use WordPress and Joomla to build virtually......
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You Get What You Pay for, Especially with Website Technology

You Get What You Pay for, Especially with Website Technology
Over the last few weeks, we've been answering the question 'what does a website cost,' and specifically talking about what it is that you receive at various price points. If you remember, I used the car analogy; even though you can find very cheap or even free (DIY) web design services, what you receive in the end is the equivalent of an old junker car. Today, I'm going to talk a bit about website technology and how, like everything else in the website world, you get what you pay for when it comes to the technical aspects of your website. While people are often more concerned about how their new website will look, what's under the hood will make all the difference as far as user experience and overall website performance go. Sure, looks are important, but if you've got a great looking website that is slow to load, clunks along......
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Are Top Level Domain Names Worth the Investment?

Are Top Level Domain Names Worth the Investment?
To continue with our 'what does a website cost?' blog series, today we're talking top-level domain names, and why they may or may not be worth the investment. If you're wondering what a top-level domain (TLD) is, it's basically the part of the domain name that comes after the dot. So, for instance, while .com or .ca are pretty common here in Canada, there's also, .net, .org, .biz, .info, and many more. In fact, TLD's have attracted a lot of attention over the years, mostly because some companies have literally spent millions of dollars on their domain names and obscure TLD's in particular. Yup, that's right, unique TLD's have taken the internet world by storm and you, too, could own a .salon or .pizza domain name - if you're willing to pay for it! It goes without saying that your domain name is an important part of your website design. After......
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