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When it comes to real estate, the old saying goes: location location location. It is no different when it comes to the virtual real estate on your website, and that is why the placement of your content is so important. It can make or break something even being seen or interacted with at all in many cases, and depending on what the content is, this could be very detrimental.

 

Most websites make use of a banner area on the Home page, right at the top. This is often rotating, and you should make use of this as often as possible to point to new or temporary things/updates with your business. Your banners should probably change about as frequently as you would expect your common repeat customers to visit. This can be a little bit of work to upkeep, but it is well worth it.

 

Your navigation is also vitally important in guiding people to relevant information, and keeping your navigation short and concise is a big part of making this effective. Consider keeping the items to about 5 or 6 at most, and consider not even including dropdowns if possible. You can guide to further subpages if necessary, from within your relevant content, but the goal is to streamline your visitors to the places they want to go as quickly as possible to avoid them losing interest.

 

Finally, page placement itself is a big component. If you want something to stand out on the page, consider leaving space around it to make it more obviously visible, and making sure it is close to the top of the page. It is important not to clutter important information as it can dilute the message and users can be sidetracked or lost. Keep your pages clean and focused, and this will help drive users where they need to go.

 

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When it comes to the way we interact online, things have changed drastically in the last few years. We have seen a migration from the phone to email, from email to instant messenger, and from instant messenger to server-based community groups such as Discord or Microsoft Teams. Likewise, we have seen many programs come and go such as Ventrilo, Teamspeak, Skype, and many others as better and more robust programs replace them.

 

These days, it seems that the options are limitless when it comes to professional conference calling, but what if you are looking for more than this? Microsoft Teams can offer additional features such as meeting scheduling, calendar integration, and group chats within your organization. You can also record meetings for later viewing and send it out to participants. Other programs such as Zoom offer a smoother calling experience, at the expense of many other features.

 

For grouping on a personal level, nothing beats Discord these days. The server customization options are nearly limitless, and for the low cost of $0 it is no wonder nothing even comes close in terms of competition. They even took a major step with the COVID-19 outbreak and expanded their server capacity to allow for up to 50 users to stream video at one time from a server - something even professional services could only dream of offering (and probably at a hefty cost). The UI is unmatched and very easy on the eyes - it is also fairly customizable.

 

Things will always evolve - I do still recall when Skype was king - it will be interesting to see where the future takes us with these communication platforms, but I am eager to see what emerges in the coming years.

 

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REM Celebrates 20 Years in Business

 

We at REM Web Solutions are honoured and grateful to be celebrating 20 Years in Business!

 

Thank you so much to all of our awesome clients that have kept us busy and supported us over the years!

 

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About

The Lancaster Smokehouse is a Southern Style family restaurant founded in 2011. We brought Southern BBQ to Waterloo Region with our first restaurant Hog Tails BBQ in 2009 after learning the craft on the Southern BBQ Competition circuit in the 1990's and 2000's.  With growing demand, we wanted to expand into a bigger restaurant and catering and The Lancaster Group of Companies was formed.

 

We now consist of our sit-down restaurant with a banquet hall, our catering and events/food truck company and newly, our Crumb Bakehouse. All our food is homemade, and ingredients are local. We are big supporters of highlighting great local companies, and farmers that keep our economy going.  The “Lanc" delights our great customers as the "go-to-spot" for mouth-watering Southern BBQ, amazing experiences, live music and awesome Craft beverages!

 

Lancaster Smokehouse's Main Contact Person: Caitie Agostinho, Owner/FOH GM

 

No. of Employees: 53

Established: 2011

Location: 574 Lancaster St W, Kitchener, ON

 

Visit Lancaster Smokehouse website

 

 

 

Q:

Why did you choose REM?

 

A:

We really needed to move into a different direction with our website. After finding REM through an industry colleague and looking at REM’s website to see what they had to offer, we called them up to see if they could help us. Rob and his team were overwhelmingly helpful in guiding us to what steps we could take next with our website and the tools they have for us to take our website to where we needed it to be. The support they offer is a big thing for us. It allows us to fix things on the fly and when we need help, we know there is a knowledgeable team that is just a phone call away. Another big driving force why we chose REM was because they are our neighbours! It was the icing on the cake to have them be just down the street from us and being able to continue to support local.

 


Q:

What was it like working with REM?

 

A:

Every step of the process with REM and their team has been efficient, quick, helpful, kind, knowledgeable and patient! Being in the restaurant industry we often work different hours that are not your typical 9-5 business hours. REM was always there and were very patient with us. Christine did a phenomenal job with our design. She really understood what we were looking for and understood our vision. When our business model changed to mainly takeout, we had to get our website up and running for online orders and push the project along a little faster than we had hoped. Rob, Christine, Brad and the rest of the team were more than accommodating to this.  The commitment and support Rob & his team showed to helping us with the changes has been overwhelming. We know we can always count on them, and not only did we get a great website, but we gained a great friendship with REM.

 

The commitment and support Rob & his team showed to helping us with the changes has been overwhelming.

 

-- Caitie Agostinho, Owner/FOH GM

 


 

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Happy Canada Day from REM Web Solutions

 

From all of us at REM Web Solutions, we wish everyone a Happy Canada Day! Please note that REM will be closed on Wednesday, July 1st.

 

 

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We wish everyone a Happy Easter with their families and friends. REM will be closed on Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13 to give our team some extra time to refresh. 

 

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It’s time to adjust...

We can help keep things business as usual.

 

While your customers are taking a break from visiting your physical store, let us help keep your business thriving with online transactions through our easy, affordable eCommerce solution.

 

Call 519.884.4111 now for a free consultation. We can get you up and running in no time!

 

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Out of the interest to protect our staff, clients and general public, we will be working from home until further notice.  Rest assured, we have all the technology in place to continue to run at 100% capacity.

 

If you need any assistance, please call 519-884-4111 or email support@remwebsolutions.com as usual.

 

Please stay safe.

 

REM Web Solutions

 

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Thank you for supporting REM in the past year!

 

Don't forget to play our game: Santa's Workshop Showdown! Play and submit your score before Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. for a chance to win an XBOX One S 1TB Console - Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order™ Bundle!

 

Play now!

 

Thanks to all the REM staff for their hard work remastering the game in time for the holiday season.

 

Most importantly, we wish you a Fantastic Holiday Season and a Bright & Energetic New Year!

 

Happy Holidays from REM Web Solutions!

 

As a friendly note: We will be closed on December 24, 25, 26 and January 1 to allow our team a chance to spend time with their team.  We look forward to working with you in 2020!

 

Sincerely,

REM Web Solutions

 

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We wish everyone a Happy Easter with their families and friends.  REM will be closed on Friday April 18 and Monday April 22 to give our team some extra time to refresh.

 

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