by Ryan Grassie - Nov. 30, 2016 at 3:20pm
We are now officially in our new office space in the heart of Kanata high tech at 1283 Teron Road
Very exciting change for the company – we are looking forward to expanding as we grow into this brand new space
by Ryan Grassie - Oct. 16, 2015 at 3:36am
Rich Graphic Text: The websites of 2016 should see a lot of creative use of text that is comprised of lots of images, textures and different patterns. Typography and creative fonts have always been a significant part of any good web design, but with the integration of texts and other graphical elements, it will now be even more important in the overall website look and feel.
Customer Centric Website Design: The idea that your website design should be guided by your customers’ needs sounds self explanatory, but yet it is now only starting to gain traction as a serious consideration in the design process. Customer centric web design promotes designers and site owners to envision the customers’ journey through your website and to optimize the site in order to make the customer’s journey even more rich.
Centered Content – Secondary Pages: A powerful new style that will become ever more prevalent on homepage designs is centered content. This style which places the main message of the page at the center of the viewing area, surrounded by a visual or a smooth textured area that creates a dramatic effect for the viewer. This layout works great on website pages that want to emphasize a minimal amount of content.
Split Content: With centered layouts being used more on content-light pages, pages that carry more punch will also get a facelift with split content layout. Split content divides the screen into wide content areas, not Pinterest like style boxes. The look of each different section can be different, not being dictated by a single design tone. This gives designers an opening for creativity without threatening the clarity of the content hierarchies.
by Ryan Grassie - Aug. 19, 2015 at 12:09pm
Thanks to everyone who helped team ForceFive Media complete this years Kingston 2 Ottawa ultra endurance race. We completed the full 202 KM race in 32.25 hours. The finish line was certainly a welcomed sight!
by Ryan Grassie - Jul. 3, 2015 at 3:12pm
The Kingston to Ottawa 200 (K2O) race is an ultra endurance 200km marathon paddling race through a UNESCO World Heritage site. The race takes place on slow moving water and must be completed within 36 hours. All types of non-fixed paddle crafts are allowed in the race however, no crafts with sails or pedals are permitted. Examples of non-fixed paddle crafts are: canoes, kayaks, SUPs, voyageur canoes, surf skis, etc. Challenge the race as a soloist, in a team of 2 or more paddlers, or even as a relay to split up the distance. The K2O makes its mark as Ontario’s longest non-stop paddling marathon and the only race in the province to offer prize money. Expect an incredible journey, an incredible event, and an incredible challenge!
ForceFive Media has entered a team in the race and is also a major sponsor. Looking forward to it!
by Ryan Grassie - Apr. 15, 2015 at 4:43pm
As big supporters of the Ottawa Senators, The team at ForceFive Media would like to extend the best of luck to them in the first series game tonight vs. The Montreal Canadiens. Go Sens Go!
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.
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!
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
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.
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by Ryan Grassie - Jan. 13, 2015 at 3:14pm
While these styles have been around for a few years, these are some happening trends in graphic and web design for 2015 that we think will only get stronger this year.
Flat design has been around for a number of years but recently it has been gaining some ground. While flat design draws its influence from different styles of web based art it can be said that it was Apple’s 2012 release of its flagship IOS 7 that took flat design mainstream
Fullscreen Background Images & Motion Videos
Those Fullscreen background images are one of the major design trends for 2015. A perfect example of a great full screen video is airbnb.com. In just a few seconds you will travel around the globe via short videos to different cities, through various rooms on different vehicles. These short vids immerse you in Airbnb’s branding and give you an experience that really blows your socks off.
Parallax Scrolling Sites
Another web design trend for 2015 that is becoming very popular is called “parallax scrolling sites”. This technique came from the multi-plane camera technique used in more traditional animation and made popular by 2D computer graphics and video games. One example is the 1982 arcade game Moon Patrol.
Web designers continue to use designs with grid-like layouts. This may have been started by the ever-popular pintrest. The grid layout design creates a user experience that is fantastic for tangible product based websites. The layout allows users to quickly and easily view each item in a very structured way. It is also very mobile friendly and you can easily use your fingers to view and navigate these sites.