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Pro Basketball in KW

If you are looking at having some fun on a weekend or an evening, and want to see some good local sport entertainment at a reasonable cost for a family of 4, then you will need to take in a KW Titans basketball game. The new pro basketball team in KW has invaded The Aud.   The team plays a great up tempo game and there is no shortage of action on and off the court.  During the game, there are the typical freebees with basketball stress balls and t-shirts being thrown into the crowd between quarters, and the dance team providing entertainment throughout the game. As an added bonus, after each home game the players will come back up in the concourse area at The Aud to have an autograph session and mingle with the fans.  So, if you are a basketball fan or just a general sports enthousiast and want to see some professional basketball and don’t want to make the dreaded drive up the 401 at 3 times the cost, then support our local team in the only professional basketball league in Canada and I will bet you that your first game won’t be your last!

 

 

 

  

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When Problems Happen

At REM, we take disaster recovery and backup very seriously.  We take great pride in the reputation we have build for reliable and safe hosting of our customer’s information.

 

Disasters come in many forms and require different strategies to combat.  REM has implemented various safeguards and procedures to keep all of our assets and all of our customer assets safe.

We keep our production computer equipment in an access controlled data centre that is climate controlled, has redundant power supplies and multiple network feeds to virtually eliminate infrastructure downtime.

 

We continue the infrastructure safe guards by maintaining duplicate servers for all of critical components that can be switched on in the event of an individual server failures.

 

We run nightly backups of databases and files that are stored onsite for up to 14 days and stored offsite in 2 different locations for up to 30 days.

 

We also take various snapshots throughout the year that become last resort “back to good” checkpoints that we keep offline to protect against threats that are undetectable and rare but can potentially take down entire organizations such as zero day malicious exploits.

 

We understand the importance of backups, but we understand that recovery trumps the importance of backups.  To that end, we perform multiple fire-drill style recovery exercises that put all hands-on deck to prove that REM’s various backups– do in fact – work in a recovery scenario.  We understand that “anything can happen” but we do our absolute best to make sure those options are limited and mitigated.

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Why Do I Need a Web Designer? Comparing Custom Website Design vs. Templates

Entrepreneurs and business owners understand the importance of having a website. However, many ask themselves where they should begin. How do they compete while providing the best return on investment? Regardless, there are advantages and disadvantages to both custom website design vs. using templates.

 

The debate over using a custom website design or a template is very common. Obviously, there is no one-size-fits-all right answer. You must evaluate the advantages and disadvantages for each, and choose what is best for you. Here are some elements to consider.

 

Budget - We have all seen the commercials offering to get your business website designed for $1 or even free with a hosting plan. You can then build your website using a predefined layout and options. Initially, this looks much cheaper than custom website design. However, if you need changes, the cost to add functionality and usability can end up costing more in the long run.

 

Branding - When you choose a free or low-cost template design, it is common to expect restrictions, co-branding, or advertising conditions. Your website's main purposes are building your image and growing awareness. Custom website design gives you full control to highlight your company, products, and services.

 

User Experience - Website usability is extremely important. Visitors, leads, and customers must be able to easily navigate your site and find the information and products they need. Templates, while sometimes visually appealing, often miss the mark on usability. The user of your website must be able to easily learn their way around and achieve their goals.

 

Scalability - Templated website design is intended as a one-size-fits-all solution. While elements and plug-ins are often available, they can cause slower website reaction times. On a low traffic website, there is rarely a problem. However, a better option is forecasting future visitor growth and needed functionality.

 

What haven’t we covered yet that is important to you? If you would like to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of custom website design vs. templates, or need more information, please contact us.

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AI

Artificial Intelligence, or commonly know as AI is an intelligence or conciousness achieved by a machine. The AI term is also applied when a machine makes a decision similar to our own human brain. For example, does a machine that can learn, have face recognition and even speech recognition artificially intelligent? If you answered yes, a good chance is that you are holding an AI machine in your own pocket. Our smartphones have become so advanced that the terms of what qualifies AI is loosely disappearing.

 

In the world of movies and television AI is portrayed as something we as humans need to be very careful with. I have always been interested in the idea of AI growing up with movies like, Short Circuit, Terminator, The Matrix and more recently with Ex Machina and the popular TV show Westworld. This HBO original series specifically had me thinking twice about some of the advances in technology and what we should consider.
 

Below is a trailer for HBO's Westworld. If you have not watched this show yet I highly recommend it.

 

 

 

 

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What’s Wrong with Using Design Templates?

3 Things That Can Go Wrong

 

Should you use a pre-made website design template? A drag-and-drop website editor sure seems to make things easier. However, easier does not mean better. Here are three things that can go wrong when using design templates.

 

It Leads to Poor Branding

 

Using a pre-made template will reflect very poorly on your brand and is a disaster for your marketing efforts. Some templates have literally been used by dozens of thousands of people. The more popular they become, the more recognizable they are. If you want to stand out, you need to have a unique website.

 

You Are Stuck in a Box

 

With design templates, you are stuck in a box. Most templates have extremely limited design features, with a built-in menu, header, and widget structure. If you want to, for example, create a slideshow menu, sidebar, or header, you will have to upgrade to a more expensive template -- which will still be quite limited.

 

You Can't Improve Customer Experience

 

Ideally, you want to be able to streamline your visitors’ experience on your site. For example, if you want to direct them to a landing page, you need to be able to customize your site in such a way that gives them cues to go there. You will need to constantly tweak your site so that the user experience improves. If you are using a pre-made template, you will be extremely limited in your ability to do so. You also need to make sure that your website is mobile friendly, something that many templates lack.

 

We service Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph and the surrounding areas. Visit our site at remwebsolutions.com or call us at 519 884-4111 to arrange a demonstration of what we can do for your business to set you apart from your competition.

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British Slang I've Learned from Watching UK Shows

I love watching British shows! I love:

  • a) their accent,
  • b) their mannerisms & culture,
  • c) the awesome architecture/old timey buildings, and
  • d) the slangs, which is what this blog post is about.

 

As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post about “Jamie-isms” I like listening to not only what people say but also how they say it. The UK’s culture has shaped a lot of the idioms; it has always fascinated me. Some of the slangs I’ve heard are easily understood or have been used in North America or familiar to us, but a bunch of them I had to look up their meaning. So, I’ve decided to collect some in this blog post with a few examples, from the obvious to the not-so-obvious.

  1. Chips – French fries
  2. Tube – subway
  3. Mate – friend, pal or chum
  4. Telly – television
  5. Loo – bathroom
  6. Ice-lolly – popsicle
  7. Brilliant – great
  8. Wicked – cool
  9. Chuffed – proud
  10. Rubbish – garbage
  11. Whinge – Whine
  12. Going across the pond - going to North America, going to the UK or vice versa.
  13. Jolly good – extremely good
  14. Kerfuffle – a fuss, commotion
  15. Fortnight – a period of two weeks
  16. Blimey – exclamation of surprise similar to “Oh my goodness!
  17. Boot – the storage area of a car, in North American terms the trunk of a car.
  18. Dodgy – iffy, suspicious, illegal. “That store looked really dodgy.
  19. Proper – good, right, went well, legit. Example: “I had a proper sleep last night.
  20. “How are you getting on with…?” – “How are you doing with…?
  21. Having a row with someone – having a fight with someone
  22. Blinding – an adjective for excellence. Example: “That was a blinding episode of that show!
  23. Tickety-boo or hunky-dory – going smoothly, going well. Example: “Is your paperwork tickety-boo today?

Hope you’ve had fun reading these. I’ve certainly used a few of them once and a while. I shall end this blog post with an appropriate Brit slang: “Cheerio, old chap!” Until next time!

 

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Does Your Website Help Your Business? 5 Signs Your Website Needs Work

You have a business in either Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, or Guelph, and tried your hand at web design. Unfortunately, the website hasn't brought in new customers or increased sales. What went wrong? There's more to web design than merely building a website. Its design should reflect the fact that people will use it. You want their experience to be pleasant and convenient. For troubleshooting purposes, here are 5 signs your website needs work:

 

Your Website Loads Slowly

 

People have busy lives and they don't have the time to wait for slow loading web pages. The one advantage that print media has over many websites is that it only takes a second to turn a page. Too many web pages take longer than 5 or even 10 seconds to load. While some people will wait for a single slow loading page, they won't have any inclination to explore multiple slow loading pages. Two important factors affecting web page speed are its design and the server that hosts the website.

 

Your Website Isn't Search Engine Optimized

 

To get search engine traffic, your web pages should use keywords in the content, and in their titles. Keywords also help in your image descriptions. The URL of every page should contain legible words, some of which are keywords. You should also work in different but related keywords into your content.

 

Your Web Design Has Navigation Issues

 

Your navigation system should follow standard conventions so that people can navigate effortlessly without having to think too much. Place navigation links along the top and/or sides of each page. People should know exactly where they are and be only one click away from the home page. The navigation should be logical and make sense.

 

Your Web Design Doesn't Quickly Tell the Visitor What You're About

 

The visitor should know within a few seconds of landing on your website, what your business is about. Sometimes the name of your business makes this apparent. If not, your home page should have a simple statement near the top of the page that draws the eye. Don't leave this to a logo or picture.

 

Your Web Design Uses Harsh Colors and Difficult Font

 

A red background with blue font creates instant eyestrain. White or yellow font on black backgrounds also make for difficult viewing. There are many bad color combinations. Fortunately, you need only use black or gray font on a white background. Although there are other workable combinations, the conservative black/gray font on a white background will always work. Make sure the font type and size is easily legible.

 

If you require help with your web design, contact us. We design websites that improve business. REM Web Solutions serve Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and surrounding areas.

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Kan Jam Flying Disc Game

This is a really cool Frisbee game I found on one of my favourite sites vat19.com. With the weather getting nicer everyday, I can’t wait to get out the Frisbee and get right into summer fun. This is a new game I plan on buying to share with my teammates here at REM.

 

The rules are simple:

 

Each team of two players takes turns throwing the included flying disc at the plastic can. Striking the can with an assist from your teammate (harder than it sounds!) gives you one point. A solo strike to the can’s outside wall awards you two points. And gliding the disc directly into the slot on the front results in an instant win!

 

Check out this awesome game as well as other exciting indoor and outdoor games at https://kanjam.ca/.

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Hmmm.... Why Do I Need a Web Designer?

If you're looking to set up a new website for yourself or your business you've likely seen advertising for services that promise you a quick and easy "do it yourself" approach. While some of these services are very good, the reality is that they're built for people who already have some level of knowledge in web design. This is not to say that you can't design a website on your own, you'll just be better served if you have a professional around to get you started. What do we mean? Good question. 

 

Designing a website for today's visitors requires an education in how the new web works. With the increasing use of mobile devices as the primary personal computer, users are now shopping and retrieving all sorts of information from their phones and tablets. A web designer knows that your site will need to be responsive and adapt seamlessly to different viewing devices. 

 

A web designer also knows that you'll need social media integration and sharing strategies involved in the development of your site. Of course, this is not to say that you don't know this information, it is only to illustrate that as we move forward, the topic of designing your own site becomes a bit more complicated.

 

A good approach, given that we've barely scratched the surface of what you'll need to consider when designing a web site for success (think Search Engine Optimization). What this means is you'll work with a professional web designer (like the awesome team we have here at REM) to get your site up and running, and then (our Customer Success Manager) will teach you how to do content updates to the site, yourself (WebWiz@rd is a very easy to use software package). There is much value in working together! 

 

So, Why Do I Need a Web Designer

 

Maybe you do, maybe you don't, but we hope you have a better idea now that you've gotten our input. We look forward to talking to you about the excellent services we can offer at REM Web Solutions.

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15 Shocking Statistics That Show the Effect of Mobile First on Your Business

Is it really that important to have a mobile responsive website? It sure is! Here are some mind-blowing statistics that will change your view on mobile traffic forever (sources: Hubspot, ImpactBND, & Skillcrush).

  1. Eighty percent of internet users own smartphones.
  2. Thirteen percent of adults access the web only via mobile.
  3. Mobile internet usage accounts for two out of every three minutes of all online usage.
  4. Tablet users have the highest add-to-cart rates (important if you have an e-commerce shop).
  5. People are addicted to their smartphones - over half of all smartphone users check their phones immediately upon awakening in the morning.
  6. Sixty-one percent of people won’t return to a site that was difficult to access on mobile. Forty percent will instead visit a competitor’s site.
  7. According to Marketing Land, mobile advertising will account for almost three-quarters of all digital ad spending by 2019.
  8. Ninety-one percent of smartphone owners say that being able to access online content on their phones is extremely important to them.
  9. Forty-eight percent of people ages 18-29 search the web on mobile every day.
  10. Fifty-seven percent of people won’t recommend a business if it has a website that isn’t optimized for mobile.
  11. Eighty-eight percent of people who search for a business on their smartphones contact that business within a day.
  12. Seventy percent of mobile searches lead to some sort of action within an hour.
  13. Seventy percent of smartphone users will immediately delete an email if it isn’t optimized for their device.
  14. Forty-eight percent of millennials only view videos on mobile devices.
  15. Eighty percent of people do online shopping on their phones.

As you can see, mobile first is important and will have a huge effect on your business. Visit our website for more information. 

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