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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.

Web Design Terminology 101

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Given the vast amount of information that regularly passes through our hands, it’s not unusual for us to gloss over information that we don’t consider to be necessary in our daily lives. As technology advances, more terms come into use and things can get a little confusing for people who don’t work in IT—but never fear! It’s always okay to stop and ask questions. And if you’re the type to do some research before getting involved in something like creating your own website, then look no further. Here, we’ll outline a few basic terms that you can benefit from when delving into the world of web design. Domain Name This one is short and to the point. Your domain name is the name and address of your website: a critical piece to any organization or business. It is used for website addresses and email addresses, and what internet users will...
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$1500 professional websites built in a week? Yes Please!

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Saltmedia is proud to present our latest feature in the world of creating success online: Essential websites, internally we like to call these “Just a Pinch” because we are salty like that. Our first ever packaged based website for startup businesses that want a professional foundation to grow upon. For 10 years we’ve taken pride in delivering clean and polished custom websites to all our clients. Recently, however, we began looking at a project that would not only be clean and polished, but also quick and easy. Something a little simpler, so you have the choice to have your brand on display in a shorter period than with our custom websites, while still maintaining a professional appearance. This is where Essential Websites come in. These websites are powered by WordPress, so you can learn to update your new website yourself, if you want. Don’t worry, we are always just a...
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Website design Google wants to see in 2020

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It is all about high quality, relevant information sprinkled with an excellent user experience, built on a solid foundation. A Google friendly website requires careful planning. It requires professional grade relevant content writing, and web developer expertise to ensure the website is built properly from ground up. Building an easily accessible website for thousands of different devices is no small task! If your looking for professional quality, you have come to the right place! The single most important thing you can do for your website , according to Google today on Feb 27, 2020, is to have high quality content on your website– especially on your home page. Give visitors the information they are looking for. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of getting a website to the first page of Google for keywords people search for. There are two branches of SEO. On Page (your website) and off...
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Technology Solutions that Can Add Considerable Value to Your Business

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There are few things more frustrating than when technology you depend upon fails. Hassle aside, for businesses, it can also be a major issue because so much of what we do today is done via technology. Protect your business' operations and important data with dependable technology solutions designed and implemented by a team of experts. Saltmedia's Tech Savvy Brother As a full-service Grande Prairie web design company, we provide a wide range of web solutions that are expertly tailored to suit our clients' needs. The icing on an already stellar cake is that, in addition to our web development company providing you with the super slick site your company needs to stand out online, our brother company, IT Horizons, can satisfy all of your business technology needs. Located in the same office as Saltmedia, IT Horizons can help keep catastrophes to a minimum, preventing downtime and streamlining your business systems....
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The Perfect Pair, Satisfying Your Business' Website & Technology Needs

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In business, there's no time for computers crashing or the disappearance of important email messages. If you're a business owner, you probably know how incredibly frustrating it can be when the technology your company depends upon lets you down. You need a website that not only looks great but is robust enough to facilitate your workflow in a way that's dependable and efficient. The solution? An attractive website built by our web design company, paired with business technology solutions that are expertly designed and implemented by our brother company, IT Horizons. All Your Business' Technology Needs, One Office When you choose Saltmedia as your web design company, you will have the opportunity to take your online presence to the next level, working with IT Horizons to prevent technological catastrophes and ensuring your operations are as efficient and effective as possible. Keeping businesses' computers and networks safe, secure and backed up,...
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Saltmedia is Your Source for Quality, Affordable Website Design

Saltmedia is Your Source for Quality, Affordable Website Design
If you've been shopping around for a new website, you've likely discovered that web design services are available in a huge range of prices. Like anything else you buy, there are web design options for businesses with really small budgets and basic online needs to those with large budgets that require very complex sites and everything in between. And, just like anything else, you get what you pay for, which means that developers who charge rock bottom prices aren't going to provide you with a site that's robust or customized to serve your specific business needs. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule; while Saltmedia websites can come in a wide range of prices, we offer web and graphic design at rates that are comparatively affordable, and that provide much more value for your dollar. Let's take a closer look: Our Knowledge & Experience Saves You Money We've stacked...
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Are You in Control of Your Business' Email Address(es)?

Are You in Control of Your Business' Email Address(es)?
Today's post is the last in a mini-series about ownership, and specifically the importance of being in control of the various facets of your business' online presence. I've already shared some of the reasons you should be the owner of your domain name and your company website, and today I'm going to be talking about email. Are you in control of your business' email address? Custom Email Addresses are Part of a Professional Web Design To start, let's talk about some of the reasons your business should, in fact, have a custom email address instead of an @yahoo, @hotmail or any of the other free email providers. The first thing people think when they see This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is that you're legit. Custom email addresses give your business credibility and an email from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is a lot less likely to be sent directly to the trash by the people who receive it....
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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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300x Faster Page Loads? Yes Please!

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Growing with us has its perks. In December, Saltmedia upgraded our reseller hosting plan to a fully dedicated server environment. Our new hosting includes solid state hard drives for bleeding-edge performance. We've also enabled the CloudFlare content delivery network to squeeze even more speed out of our websites. CloudFlare improves website performance significantly by minimizing the size of website file downloads, and serves website data from datacenter locations physically closest to your audience for impressive speed boosts. This all means up to 300% faster page loads, less downtime, and more robust security. The result is a better experience for your customers and audience - after all, who wants to sit and wait for web pages to load these days? It gets better - all this is available at no extra cost to our website hosting customers! Saltmedia websites perform best on Saltmedia hosting. If you're using third party hosting and...
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We are Saltmedia



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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Harvard University uses Joomla, and so does Saltmedia

Harvard University uses Joomla, and so does Saltmedia
We use only the best open source Content Management Systems (CMS) like Joomla! .  A CMS is a computer program that allows publishing, editing and modifying content as well as maintenance. Who else is using award winning Joomla for their websites? Harvard University  MTV McDonlalds E-bay:   Internal analytics platform Citibank:   Intranet (internal use) These leaders are choosing the power of Joomla to build their websites, why wouldn’t you? Don’t get stuck with a web firm that you can’t transfer away from, unless you want to permanently stay with that provider or purchase a new website.  Take full control over your online media with Saltmedia.  
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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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What is a Domain name?

What is a Domain name?
Every website needs three separate services to function.  A domain name, hosting and the website itself.  Today we will blog about with Domains. What is a Domain Name?  To put it simply, it's a lot like your home address, however it’s the address for your Website on the World Wide Web. Without domain names, you would have to find websites by their IP addresses.  http://74.125.226.40/ – go ahead, click on the link and you will find Google via its IP address instead of typing in https://www.google.ca/   or simply searching for the word “Google in a popular search engine. Domain names are translated through numbers into a word in order to give us a domain name to ease the use of searching.  Every computer that is connected to the Internet has an IP Address, which consists of a series of numbers.  For example; Victoria Street would be 345.432.575.657.  That would undoubtedly...
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