5 important points when building a festival website - Dauphin's Countryfest

Our country is filled with festivals and large events on a daily basis. From film festivals to motorcycles, art to music and everything is between. This past year we were given the opportunity to rebuild one of our countries favorite festival websites, Dauphin's Countryfest (https://countryfest.ca/).  We wanted to share with you, not only the website, but also a couple things you need to keep in mind when working on your own festival or event website. 

1. Keep it simple 

One of the first tasks that we had when moving from their previous platform was that they had a ton of information. All of the information was good, however, it was very overwhelming and hard to digest. When you arrive on a page you need to be able to figure out where you are and what you need to do next very quickly. So we set to work, trimming out the menu items and extras that cause your eye to wander. This left us with a clean festival website allowing for quick navigation and most importantly, ticket buying. 

2. Keep it easy for staff

One thing that developers often overlook is features/cool factor with non programming usability. One thing we strongly focus on is keeping out programming clean in the end so the most non techie staff can access and navigate the admin section of the website with ease. The more that you allow your staff to do the better equipped they will be to quickly make changes to the website without needing programmer level support. This means happier more satisfied staff and a website that is up to date. 

3. Keep it professional 

Very often in the development world we see a site as something that we have to develop from scratch. However, sometimes it is better to team up with other people to get a much better product in the end. Using offsite mailings and ticket handling, for example, have allowed us to spread out of server usage and development time. In the case of mailings, this has allowed us to send out 20,000 emails in seconds where before this would not be possible with the server restrictions. Looking outside the box and teaming up with other companies to get the best result should be everyones goal. 

4. Keep it responsive 

We watch the stats. 80% of our visitors are arriving on websites on mobile devices. You simply have to have a well thought out mobile first website. Allowing for your visitors to easily navigate on their phone, find what they need and check out is a must. The other point is that not all mobile websites are created the same. If you don't understand navigation and how people go through the website with their fingers vs a keyboard you may find yourself making decisions that impact the performance of your website. 

5. Keep it fast 

The biggest step in all of this was improving the speed of the website. We needed this complex engine to come across as a single file and load very fast for the visitors. This is one of the biggest steps that you can take to improve the usability of your site. If you have a fast website, with limited waiting, not only do you improve server usage, you also improve visitor satisfaction which is your ultimate goal. 

Festival websites are always changing. Tell us about your festival in the comments below. What are you learning? What are your needs? 

Also if you do need help in improving your festivals website, please make sure to contact us

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Joomla 3.8.13 is here with a security release

Joomla has just released a new security release to correct the following issues. 

Joomla 3.8.13 includes 5 security vulnerability fixes:

  • Low Priority - Core - Hardening com_contact contact form (affecting Joomla 2.5.0 through 3.8.12) More information »
  • Low Priority - Core - Inadequate default access level for com_joomlaupdate (affecting Joomla 2.5.4 through 3.8.12) More information »
  • Low Priority - Core - Access level Violation in com_tags (affecting Joomla 3.1.0 through 3.8.12) More information »
  • Low Priority - Core - ACL Violation in com_users for the admin verification (affecting Joomla 1.5.0 through 3.8.12) More information »
  • Low Priority - Core - CSRF hardening in com_installer (affecting Joomla 2.5.0 through 3.8.12) More information »

Please see the documentation wiki for the security notes about this release.

Is my website secure? 

Clients on our auto-update plan will be updated by us over the next couple of days along with a hardening of our security suite to better improve your website. 

Are you concerned about the security of your website? Contact us to start taking steps to keep your business safe online. 


Joomla Update to 3.8.10

Joomla has released a new update. This update is a security update and also does squash a number of bugs and add some improvements. 

If your wondering if your website is up to date be sure to contact us

If you are on our Joomla auto update program your site has been updated for you. Want to get on our auto-update program with security monitoring and auto backups? Make sure to check out the program right here

Need help updating your Joomla website? We can help with that be sure to contact us

More details about this update can be found on the Joomla website with a list of all the squashes :) 

Joomla 3.8.9 Release

Joomla 3.8.10 Release

Committed to Protect Your Privacy & Data

Over the last month, there has been a lot of services updating their Privacy policy to be in line with the EU's General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). The changes that are being made are specifically for Europeans, however, we want to be clear that we strive to uphold the privacy of all our customers. 

So as a part of this, we have updated our privacy policy which you can view here

You do not have to make any choices to continue receiving relevant communications from us. Should you wish to unsubscribe, you may manage your subscription here.

Apart from the privacy policy changes, our website has also undergone changes in accordance with the new (GDPR) law which allows you to have greater control over your account including:

  • Ability to configure the notifications that you receive.
  • Ability to request for your account deletion.

If you are concerned about your own website and being GDPR compliant please contact your own lawyer. 

JA Smith Construction Website Design

Congratulations on JA Smith Construction Management on their new website. 

With over 15 years of experience int he business and focusing on First Nations and Indigenous clients and involvement they are working to improve our communities. 

Their website was planned to showcase the work that they do and provide a base for their online marketing efforts. 

Make sure to stop by and visit them at jasmith.ca

During this process, we also designed their new modern logo which you can see below. Need a website, logo or some other marketing material? Contact Us right now

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