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Laura Renner

April Holiday Hours

 

REM Web Solutions will be closed on the following days for the holidays:

 

Friday, April 18

Monday, April 21

 

We will reopen on Tuesday, April 22 for our regular business hours.

 

We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend!

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Sean Sanderson

Today's Most Popular Websites :: Initial Designs

 

Design has been around far longer than the web itself however, before there were web designers there were Artists, print designers and Interior decorators. These people that branched into designing for the web must have had a hard time teaching themselves what works and what clearly doesn't.

 

Web Design today is expected to be no less than pixel perfection. At REM we have to keep updated on design trends to make sure our designs are not quickly outdated.

 

The first initial designs for some of todays leading websites were horrible but they had to start somewhere.

Below are a few screen shots of todays most popular websites and where they began.

 

 

Apple.com

 

 

 

Google.com

 

 

 

YouTube.com

 

 

 

Facebook.com

 

 

 

Yahoo.com


 

Photo Source:
designreviver.com

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Rob Matlow

How I Enjoyed Passing The Winter

Rob and Andrew Skiing

I think we all agree this past winter was one we wish to forget about and most of us are wishing that the spring brings warm weather soon.  I would agree with both of those statements entirely.  However, I do find my way to get through the winter with less resentment.  I ski with my family.  

 

I have been sking for a long time and truely enjoy it.  7 winters ago I got my youngest son started in skiing.  In fact, my wife and I took a total leap of faith and went out and bought him skis before he ever tried it.  I knew if he was my son, he would love it.  We got lucky and in the summer that is all he talks about.  "How soon is winter coming so we can ski again?"

 

Like most people I only get outside to shovel and find myself inside too much.  Skiing is a great way to get outside and breathe the fresh air.  Although this was one of the toughest winters we have had in many years, it also means we had fantastic skiing conditions (sometimes a bit too cold).

 

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Ryan Covert

Spotlight on Design - BioPure

 

I'd like to take a moment to point a spotlight on the design and structure of one of our client's websites. BioPure are the creators of various organic waste cleaning agents for use in applications such as aquariums and drainage systems.

 

REM Web Solutions built their website from a very straight-forward concept that I find very effective.  It's easy to find information on the BioPure website and I always enjoy reading actual testimonials for products that I'm considering trying.  When Bass Pro Shops gives a product the thumbs up, you know it must be top-notch!

 

However, the use of the BioPure colour palette on their website is what I like the most.  Our design team did a superb job of capturing the BioPure brand and accentuating their colours throughout the header and footer of the website.  The contrast of the flat black background against the BioPure logo really pops and draws your eyes in.

 

Another plus for a product site such as this is that it is not content heavy, proving that a small amount of information is sometimes the best amount.  Visitors to the site instantly know what they're getting when they read through the available pages.  BioPure didn't need to inundate their visitors with information-overload, instead opting for a few pages of spot-on information.  It works!

 

Do you have a favourite website developed by REM Web Solutions?  Feel free to let us know in the comments or email us any time.  You'll know a website was designed and developed by us if you see our name in the footer!

 

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Laura Renner

Here Comes Spring

 

It's that time again!  The snow is finally starting to melt and the sun is coming out.  The weather in Ontario this winter has been almost unbearable for me. I am looking forward to breaking out my spring clothes and enjoying some time outside.

 

Thankfully I have no springtime allergies, so I was able to get out this past weekend and run.  All winter I have been running inside to avoid slipping on ice. Even though the snow was melting and my feet were soaked by the end of it, it was great to get some fresh air.

 

I am just a beginner with running, but I wanted to make a list of some of the things I used to help me get started and keep me motivated:

 

1. Fitbit One activity tracker (Find it here)

This step counter/activity monitor has been my main motivator. It has encouraged me to keep moving until I reach my daily goal of 10,000 steps. It is fun to try and "beat" your daily goal.
 

2. Adidas miCoach Pacer Bundle (Find it here)

This bundle helps me keep track of my heart rate and stride. It helps coach you to increase speed and better your time. Since I am just starting out, it is a great little tool to give me details about my stats.

 

3. A good water bottle

Since the weather is starting to warm up, it is important to keep hydrated while out in the sun. Whether you are running or not, good hydration is important for staying healthy.

 

4. Nike Free 4.0 running shoes (Find it here)

Good running shoes are one of the most important parts of your run. Whether you are walking or running, comfortable shoes make all the difference. Shoes are always personal preference; however, I know that my Nike's feel like I'm wearing no shoes at all, yet still give me the support I need.

 

Now that the nice weather is upon us, what activity are you looking forward to the most?

 

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Jamie McBurney

3.0.1 to 3.4.2 a Year of WebWiz@rd 3.X - Part 4 of 5

 

We're celebrating our first official year of WebWiz@rd 3 here at REM and I thought it would be a great time to share some of my experience and thoughts related to it.

 

Now for part 4, the Second & Third Phase Customers

 

Second Phase Customers

 

Our second phase customers were the ones with sites that had bigger modules, voluminous content or simple problems that needed more experience to solve.

 

Rob spent more time talking migration plans with these customers to make sure that they were ready for the new features that would replace their old features, and the reception had been overwhelmingly positive.

 

A few customers requested more time before making the leap, and so we easily accommodated them by moving them into Phase 3.

 

Rob also found it quite "fun" for a lack of a better word to show off our new toys to new customers.  I'm was please to see the 50+ new customers that have come on board in the last few months, based on their excitement for our tools and our designs.

 

Third Phase Customers

 

We technically in the Third Phase as of the writing of this post.  This phase was reserved for our most complicated sites, and for people that preferred to be in the last group of conversions.

 

One of my favourite accomplishments for this phase was our ability to fold in each customer's unique tools into our standard WebWiz@rd framework.  This gave our customers consistent icons and interfaces, and most importantly, a single sign-on to manage all of the aspects of the site.

 

We're almost done moving everyone over to the new system, and boy am I excited to show those customers what's coming down the pipe.  

 

In my next post on the subject, I'll give some parting thoughts and hint at what comes next!

 

Photo Courtesy: Larisa Koshkina

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Joe Labrie

The Future of Home Entertainment?

 

I have to admit, after working all day, spending time with my kids and going to the gym, there is nothing I'd rather do than put my feet up and enjoy being entertained via television. I actually don't watch many regular aired/scheduled TV shows these days as the digital age has sunk in deep.

 

Beyond our trusty DVR and digital cable I really enjoy digital streaming via our AppleTv. If you're not familiar with AppleTv I can give you a brief summary of what it is and what it does. Basically, it gets hooked up to your television via an HDMI cable then connected to your network either wirelessly (wifi) or wired using an Ethernet cord.

 

Beyond the capabilities of YouTube and Netflix to stream video to the television we also enjoy the fact that it hooks up to icloud and a file server we have so that we can browse our library of photos, home movies and also stream videos from our library of ripped DVDs and Blurays.

 

 

 

 

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Jillian McBurney

Gladys The Puppy

 

For the past two years my husband and I have been considering getting a puppy.  We both understand that getting a dog, or any pet, should only happen if you have the time, money and resources to ensure that the animal has a happy life.  We have been too busy over the past couple of years so we held off.

 

However, the wait is over!  Our life has slowed down a bit and some of our past commitments are over,so we felt that the time was now right.

 

During the past year we started researching different breeds of dogs.  We brainstormed and discussed all of the things that we felt that we needed to consider:

  • our family likes big dogs
  • we have an 8 year old daughter
  • we love to walk
  • we both work full time
  • we often have the neighbours children over to play
  • we don't want the dog to sleep on our beds
  • we have two adult cats
  • we would prefer a dog that isn't a heavy shedder

After lots of reading and talking we decided on a Great Dane.

 

We picked up our black female Great Dane at the beginning of February.  We named her Gladys.

 

We met Gladys' Mom and Dad a couple of times and all of the other members of her pack.  We met the breeder, Danielle, a couple of times as well.  Danielle is educated, honest and hard working.  Her dogs are well cared for, healthy, happy, well behaved and loved.
They are lovely dogs.

 

Gladys is cute, affectionate and ... a puppy, so she is keeping us busy.  She already walks along side us quite well (although she hasn't enjoyed the cold temperatures) and goes to the door to let us know that she has to go to the bathroom.

 

We are thrilled that Gladys is now a part of our family!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sean Sanderson

Design Resources

 

Every designer has his/her own Design Resources they like to turn to when working on projects. The tools you use play a very important part in the result of the design. Sometimes just browsing the resources is all it takes to get some Creative juices flowing.

 

For myself I use a lot of websites that provide freebies such as icons, Textures and fonts. Below is only a small list of my go to resources that I am willing to reveal.

 

1. Adobe Kuler

Choosing a colour palette is one of the first and most essential steps in Web Design. Kuler takes out the guessing and provides stunning palettes that pop!

 

 

2. Subtle Patterns
This site provides free background patterns/textures that tile! With a simple click the site applies your chosen background to its on layout for you to preview. Genius.

 

3. Icon finder

Need an icon? Iconfinder has it. With a huge database of icons and easy search functionality I never have to spend more than a couple minutes to find the perfect icon I had in mind.

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Rob Matlow

Our new event calendar module

 

In this post I want to take some time to tell you about our new event calendar module.  It allows our clients to post events on a calendar for information purposes or for online registration and payment.  It makes it very easy for our clients to control what they need to capture the important information when allowing for online registration.

 

You can see an example of the module in action at Maxey Family Adventures.

 

With this module you can create categories such as One Day Getaways or Multi Day Tours as seen in the Maxey example above.  It also allows for event to be part of a series.  The module shares features from the location module allowing a map to show where the event takes place automatically.  Like our eCommerce module we have a promo code tool built in.  This allows for various discounts to be applied when registering and paying for an event.  There is also the ability to allow for meal choices if you event needs those options.  You can create any choices you want for each event such as specific meal choices or generic such as vegetarian or none vegetarian.

 

This module has been popular as we are already rolling it out on a number of sites we are currently working on.

 

If you are looking for more information about this module or for any questions about website design or development please contact us at sales@remwebsolutions.com or 519-884-4111 x 111.

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