Archive for March, 2015

Are you Google Mobile Friendly?

by Ryan Grassie - Mar. 27, 2015 at 4:04pm

Google’s new mobile friendly ranking algorithm will be launching on April 21st. But how do you know if your website qualifies to benefit from the rollout?

We do know that this algorithm will be much larger in impact compared to the Panda and Penguin algorithms, webmasters and website owners are kind of anxious about this release.

Last week, Google answered a bunch of questions in a Google+ hangout on this hot topic of this new mobile friendly ranking algorithm change. The three things we learned from this hangout were:

  • The algorithm will start rolling out the last week of April and will take a few days to a week to be active around the globe.
  • You are either mobile friendly or not, there are no degrees of mobile-friendliness in this release.
  • The fastest way to see if your web pages are mobile-friendly is to see if you have the mobile-friendly label in the live mobile search results now. If not, check the mobile-friendly testing tool, which should match the live Google search results, whereas the mobile usability reports in Google Webmaster Tools can be delayed based on crawl time. – Check out the tool here: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/

If you are not mobile friendly in the eyes of Google, some tweaks to your website can quickly change that. Contact us to help you out.

Why Use WordPress For Your Business Website?

by Ryan Grassie - Mar. 23, 2015 at 3:11pm

WordPress was originally designed as a platform for blogging but since then it has grown into an enterprise level CMS system. With a some modification it can be used to run your entire business website with or without a blog section (or call it news). The fact that WordPress was originally designed as a blogging platform gives it some compelling advantages over most other CMS systems.

It can be optimized for easily adding and changing your content content – even by non-technical users. Also getting good search engine rankings (SEO rankings) requires fresh and more importantly unique content being added on a regular basis. You need a content management system that does’nt get in your way when you want to update your business website with a new page or blog item.

So why is WordPress a good choice for your business website?

The Top Five Reasons to Use WordPress for Your Business Website

 

  • SEO Rankings – WordPress provides great search engine optimization (SEO) stock right out of the box. There are a some tweaks we can make that make it even more powerful for your business. We have done this for many of our clients.
  • Adding Content – it’s so easy to update content on your website without knowing any HTML coding.  Do you hate the idea of having to learn a complex HTML editor tool like Dreamweaver? Do you have to ask your web guy every time you want to make a small change to your website? Once WordPress is set up for your business, you can easily create new pages or edit existing pages using a simple rich text editor. No coding skills necessary.
  • Plugins and Extensions – There is a thriving community of developers creating themes and plug-ins. We can use these to extend your website with polls, contact forms, ratings or hundreds of other cool features without having to re-invent the wheel.
  • Support – If you do have problems, or want to add very custom features, it is easy to find support and developers who can help you. There are literally thousands of WordPress developers out there. And there are so many people writing about WordPress that help is only a Google search away!
  • Custom Look – You don’t have to have that templated look. Firms like ForceFive Media and others can tailor the look to be however you want it. Then you get all the great looks of a custom design with the rich feature set of a WordPress backend!

 

ForceFive Media – Major Sponsor Jock River Race

by Ryan Grassie - Mar. 23, 2015 at 1:54pm

We are very pleased to be a sponsor of the 2015 Jock River Race happening on April 11th, 2015 this spring. This race on the Jock River has been held since 1985, except in years when the Jock River Whitewater Race was run on the lower Jock. It has been an annual event since 1996. The Upper Jock River Paddling Race takes place in the Ottawa area in the town of Richmond, covering up to 12.5km of the river. In the past few years there have been 85 – 140 canoes and kayaks participate, the majority being recreational boats with a few racing C1s and C2s. Included are Parent/Child and Family categories to encourage participation by young paddlers. More Information

State of the Art Web Server

by Ryan Grassie - Mar. 10, 2015 at 3:15pm

We now offer state of the art website hosting on our own blade server setup with some exceptional features we were not able to offer before. They include:

  • 24/7 Support with real time website monitoring (we will know there is an issue before you)
  • Dedicated server for only our clients with incredible speed
  • PLESK setup where we can update WordPress Plugins from a centralized location
  • Overall just a much faster, better ,and more secure setup then we could offer in the past.

We will be sending out an email to all existing hosting clients as their site comes up for renewal to see if they would like to be moved to the new server. The cost is a little bit higher but the performance and support is well worth the upgrade in our opinion.