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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.

4 tips for Facebook Success

4 tips for Facebook Success
Facebook Time

Whether your business has a storefront in Grande Prairie or you operate entirely online, your business needs a Facebook presence if competing and succeeding in your niche is what you aim to do. Even if social media isn't your thing, or just like any other business owner you've got little extra time to devote to something other than the products and services you offer, using the following 4 tips when designing your Facebook strategy will ensure your interactions on this social media platform are as streamlined and effective as possible. Set your strategy . Determine your target audience, the image you want to present and what benefits you are going to offer your audience. Make a list of the objectives of your strategy, for example: Loyalty Increase audience Create brand Disseminate brand / product Educate people in my sector What's new in my sector And so on... Plan your content....
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Facebook is a Valuable Marketing Tool Small Business Owners Can't Risk Ignoring

Facebook is a Valuable Marketing Tool Small Business Owners Can't Risk Ignoring
As a web design company in Grande Prairie, a large percentage of our clientele is made up of small businesses. In an effort to provide our clients with the ultimate in web design, development and internet marketing services, we've learned a lot about their pain points, or rather those things they find puzzling, stressful, have never thought about before, or all of the above. This being the case, I thought I'd share some tips on a very powerful and yet often undervalued tool that's available to small business owners: Facebook. Now before you say "but my clients don't use Facebook,'' hear me out. Every day, more than 800 million people around the world use Facebook in some capacity, whether it's to socialize or learn more about the businesses they will frequent. This means that whether you cater to 20-somethings, other businesses or even seniors, your business needs a Facebook presence....
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Grande Prairie Internet marketing to help your website be found by Google, Bing and other popular search engines.

Grande Prairie Internet marketing to help your website be found by Google, Bing and other popular search engines.
How to increase website traffic Build it and they will come may work in the movies, but if you want online visitors to check out your website or be found on the first page of Google hire a professional website design company to manage your online marketing.  Advertising your business online to attract local customers around the Peace Region, Alberta or anywhere around the world can be achieved with Search Engine Optimization, otherwise known as SEO.  Good SEO vs Bad SEO There are two major styles of SEO.  White hat SEO – the good kind, and Black hat SEO – the not so good kind.  White hat SEO uses wholesome techniques to generate steady, gradual and lasting growth in rankings with strategies such as on-page content optimization, website performance tuning and targeting online business directories.  Black hat SEO leverages techniques that are not endorsed by search engine providers such as...
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WordPress vs Joomla:What Makes them Popular CMS Solutions for Web Development and Which One Saltmedians Love--Just a Little More

WordPress vs Joomla:What Makes them Popular CMS Solutions for Web Development and Which One Saltmedians Love--Just a Little More
WordPress vs Joomla: The debate about which Content Management Software system (CMS), WordPress or Joomla, is best for powering websites isn't new, and I'm sure website designers everywhere will continue to argue the merits of one over the other, for years to come. You see, everyone has a favourite, like Coke or Pepsi, one that they feel is superior and that they recommend to their web development clients, again and again.  While WordPress and Joomla aren't the only CMS options out there, it's my opinion that they're the best options in 2014, and the fact that tens of millions of people around the world have chosen to use WordPress or Joomla for web development leads me to believe I'm not alone in my thinking. What is a Content Management System and Why is it a Critical Component of Any Website Design? People who work in web development sometimes forget that...
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What is CMS anyways?

What is CMS anyways?
Before I start talking about the awesome software Saltmedia uses to power our websites I wanted to give you a bit of knowledge about website software in general. A CMS (Content Management System) is a software application that allows non-programmers to manage and maintain websites with a minimal amount of technical website development knowledge. Traditionally, websites could only be built and maintained by website developers adept at languages such as HTML, Javascript, and PHP. Today there are hundreds of different CMS Software options available. Some web firms build their own proprietary or commercially licensed CMS Software. Others use open source software platforms like WordPress and Joomla. Saltmedia believes in Open Source software. Sometimes this option is overlooked - I’ll save my opinion on closed software for a different blog entry though. In general open source is a software licensing model that allows unrestricted access to use, modify, distribute, and improve...
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We're young at heart

We're young at heart
Saltmedia through the eyes of a nine year old… Wish I really did have rocket powered birds delivering my email.

Fresh and Fashionable Web Design

Fresh and Fashionable Web Design
When you go to a business meeting do you roll out of bed and head right out in your pyjamas or jogging pants? Or do you take a shower, do your hair, and dress to impress? This seems like a silly question right? Maybe not. There is a big difference between having a website and having a great website. Great web design is not achieved by simply posting a collection of pretty pictures on your website. There are many nerdy folks out there who can slap together this and that and get a website online. But the work of a creative graphic designer working with an experienced web developer will result in a stunning visual design that gives your clients a smooth and seamless website visit. They will enjoy browsing your site, and that good audience experience will be much more satisfying. A website visit may often be the first...
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Mobile friendly responsive website demo



Here is a short visual demonstration of a responsive website.

Responsive website presentation



A responsive website presentation given at the 2013 Tech Forum at Centre 2000. 

Team Salt!

Team Salt!
Today I have a special announcement to share. Saltmedia is no longer a sole proprietorship; I am a proud founding partner in Saltmedia Inc. My husband and partner in life, Alex Saltman has always played an important role at Saltmedia, and I feel privileged to announce that he has joined us full-time as general manager, leading our business into the future. Alex’s extensive knowledge in Internet solutions enables us to offer powerful, cutting edge, and affordable business solutions. Thank me for all the hard work to get us here, and thank Alex for his big brains and deep expertise that enables us to present our clients with some of the best online options out there. Go Team Salt!
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Are first impressions important online?

Are first impressions important online?
Many people search for information online before making a purchase.  A website could be the first chance a company gets to make a great first impression to a likely buyer. So, if a website looks like it was made by your 14 year old cousin, who lives in your basement the chance of making a good first impression will probably be lost.   Your website can yell “Hey we had our basement nerd design our website for free, I hope it works and good luck finding stuff”!  or it can say “We are an established business and we have taken the time to create this well designed, mobile friendly website for you, our valued clients.”  Every businesses should have a professionally designed website to help their customers, potential employees, or stakeholders quickly find out more about the business and services offered.
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The future of mobile friendly web design is more affordable

The future of mobile friendly web design is more affordable
Up until now organizations that wanted to deliver a smooth and pleasant mobile website experience have had to develop separate mobile-specific websites, develop apps or a combonation of the two.  The result can be expensive and carries signifigant management overhead above and beyond that of a single website.   One website for all devices!  This type of web design technology is called  responsive web design .   The responsive design approach was created to give website visitors an optimal browsing experience across a wide rage of devices.
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Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day
For us L33T speakers h4PpY v4l3N71n32 d4y! Enjoy your poem :)

What is responsive web design?

What is responsive web design?
Responsive, mobile friendly websites give your mobile shoppers an optimal viewing experience.  Responsive designs supply easy reading and navigating with a minimum scrolling.   If your looking for website that has an impressive design, with a responsive viewing experience, call us.   We specialize in web design and Internet solutions.  780 539 SALT (7258) Why 2013 Is the Year of Responsive Web Design?
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What is The Cloud?

What is The Cloud?
To put it simply, it is the internet; it's a network of servers.  If you have been on the internet to check your email or have any stored files online you have used the cloud! Why is it OK to smash your laptop if you are on The Cloud?  
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Want online freedom?

Want online freedom?
Online freedom means everything to us. When you purchase a website from Saltmedia, you own the website we build for you. There are no hidden strings attached, and we wont hold your domain name hostage! Take control of your online media with Saltmedia!
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Take full control of your online media

Take full control of your online media
I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and best success for 2013! Last blog I talked about what sets Saltmedia apart from some other web companies. Specializing in the same award winning web software that big names like Harvard university, McDonalds and E-Bay use is one of the reasons. But the Biggest reason is Saltmedia highly values online freedom. You own your website and you domain name 100% No paying clients have left us, but if they did they can transfer their website and domain name to a new hosting provider and the website would obtain 100% of its functionality. Yes, amazing… I know. Make sure to ask the right questions when interviewing web firms. Why “rent or lease a website when you can own it. Take full control of your online media with Saltmedia.
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Happy 2013!

Happy 2013!
Wishing you all a safe and happy New Years!

What is hosting?

What is hosting?
Hosting is where your website and email live. Hosting is like apartment buildings where a website and email would share a suite.  A websites home provides security and accessibility to anyone with an Internet connection.  Web Hosting can vary, just like apartment buildings do. For a website or email to work, it must have somewhere to live - Hosting.  Renting space from a hosting server provides your website with all the services it entails.  For example - It could be a small bare empty apartment or you could rent a bigger fully furnished apartment with a great view.  Regarding websites, a better view metaphorically speaking would give you a faster and more reliable service.  A good web hosting plan is foundation for growth. That's why Saltmedia provides reliable, flexible, cost-effective web hosting. We've partnered with a highly reliable and secure data center, to help keep your website safe from downtime and cybercrime.
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