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

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

JA Smith Logo

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It is also fully responsive allowing for users to check out building configurations late at night on their couch. 

The print button also allows for a custom print page to be delivered to their printer so they can bring that into your office. 

Are you in need of some custom programming on your project? Contact us right now

Want to view a working version of this selector? You can view it here.

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She was restricted to an outdated online space and wanted to improve her own online presence to truly reflect the beauty she shared with others. 

We were very happy to work with her to showcase her services, including non-surgical TruSculpt 3D body sculpting that offers permanent fat reduction and tightening.

Make sure to check out her new website design at drbrenna.ca

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This past year we released phase 1 of the new 730CKDM.com website. The main goal of this redesign was to provide an improved readership, easier navigation and the introduction of ad spaces into the website. 

The new website used a clean design with red accent. We also allowed for improved readership with additional stories on each page. 

With mobile-friendly pages, we have allowed for the increased readership of our mobile users. 

The biggest improvement from our view was the new events calendar. Breaking up what used to be a long article, we have created an easy to read and understand events page showcasing the many events that are happening in and around the parkland. This also allows community planners to have a quick glance of what activities are taking place in the near future so they can better plan their own events. 

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