A great website only matters if it works for everyone — but what does that really mean?
For many of us, it’s as simple as reading and clicking, a user experience we presume to be universal.
In reality, there are myriad ways a website can be inaccessible to people.
Whether it’s visual impairment, hearing impairments, neurodivergence, or countless other things — the notion of a universal user experience can be a harmful myth, that prevents everyone from enjoying and using your website.
To have a fully accessible website there are numerous factors that need to be considered. This post will take a look at some of the examples of how accessibility works in practice, and what can be done to make websites more accessible.
We are looking to make a new addition to our team here at Radar Hill! This opening is an exciting opportunity for a talented Web Designer / Front-End Developer.
Your role will primarily be to assist our Graphics Department in the creation of attractive and dynamic websites for our clients. This is an in-office position, so you must be located, or willing to be located, on Southern Vancouver Island.
A New Year, a New You. So goes the ritual of the New Year’s resolution, with each of us approaching the year to come with a clear list of goals and a hopeful optimism. Whether it’s going to the gym, saving money, or eating healthier, we always imagine that this is the year things will be different. However, so often what starts well will falter as the year goes.
Make this year a true game changer by simplifying your resolution and give yourself a clear goal with an obvious path: increase the profitability of your business. What makes this goal achievable? By simply updating your website. Here are 7 reasons why you should upgrade.
Over the last few months the team at Radar Hill have been working on a new plugin for the Victoria Real Estate Board. They began by evaluating what already existed, which was a plugin that Radar Hill created in 2013. It was great when it was built, however technology changes at such a pace that it became necessary not just to update the plugin, but to create a whole new one.
To build the new plugin, Roger, Ken, and Mike proceeded to create a mock-up of the end goal, which allowed them to easily rearrange items and preview the functionality of it before completely building it.
It is not just the look on the outside that changes, but all the behind-the-scenes coding that requires development. The technical details will not be elaborated on in this post, but if you would like more information, feel free to ask Roger. Suffice to say, this new plugin is awesome!
Radar Hill has been in business for 16 years, and the magnitude of change in the 21st century when it comes to websites is staggering. What was a shiny new website just 5 years ago can now be outdated and leave your business with a huge potential gap in visitors and clients. There are various measurable ways that the World Wide Web has changed in 16 years, and so we are publishing a “Then and Now” blog series to demonstrably show what a website in 2017 requires to remain current. In this edition, we bring you: Schema.
Not too long ago if you had a business then it was probably listed in the yellow pages, be it a small square or full page full-colour ad. And if you had the budget, you could advertise in newspapers/radio/tv/billboards. It was about name recognition, and reviews for the product or service you offered came from word of mouth. There was no global searchable database for anything that you wanted or could think of.
With the emergence of the Internet, businesses can control their brand via their online presence, and instead of referrals or finding the nicest ad in the phone book, people look directly for the service or product they desire on Google and other search engines. Google has dramatically evolved its search engine ranking position algorithm since its inception in 1998. In the beginning, it used to be simply about putting important keywords higher on the HTML tag hierarchy, but that was rife for deceit. Over the years Google has changed its algorithm significantly as several major updates have taken place, which means websites needing to adapt in order to be ranked highly. Schema is among those additions to help give a user a smoother experience.
To use a cliché saying, “location, location, location.” With more and more activity and business happening online it is only expected that the home buying process is hugely digital. People want to know everything about a house before going to view it, and location is a vital aspect of choosing a home. It’s all very well to say that a property is “overlooking spectacular ocean views” or “nestled at the end of a quiet street,” it is another to be able to show that via aerial video. But luckily that’s exactly what you can do now, courtesy of Google Earth and CorkScrew Visuals Inc.
Radar Hill has been in business for 16 years, and the magnitude of change in the 21st century when it comes to websites is staggering. What was a shiny new website just 5 years ago can now be outdated and leave your business with a huge potential gap in visitors and clients. There are various measurable ways that the World Wide Web has changed in 16 years, and so we are publishing a “Then and Now” blog series to demonstrably show what a website in 2017 requires to stay current.
April 2012 I wrote about a blog post “Mobile is Dead” detailing the death of mobile only websites. These are the websites that replicate the desktop version of a website for display on a phone. This type of website is SO dead now I cannot believe they are still being sold.
Don’t Waste Your Money
A mobile “friendly” website is not what you want to buy. The reasoning is obvious – it’s only meant to display professionally on a phone! Responsive web design (RWD) is where you want to make your investment – a responsive website is capable of SO much more and is the only product professional web developments companies should sell you. Check out the good reasons to invest in RWD: Continue reading →
So, you’ve hired a website designer – yeah! Are you wondering what a meeting with your website designer will be like? We will ask you a lot of questions about your business and your vision for your new website. Be ready by preparing ahead of time. This will save you time and money (and score you big points with your designer)!
Know Your Business
Website designers want to know all about you and your business! The more we know about your business, the better your website will be. Radar Hill has a Client Planning Document that should be filled out before your meeting with the designer. Your project manager can walk you through the questions if needed. Continue reading →
During 2014, the key trends that emerged in web design focused around minimizing pizzazz and cleaning up layouts to help maximize clarity and turn visitors into customers. After all, websites don’t exist solely to look pretty; they serve a purpose – to capture the attention of prospective clients and help generate revenue.
With online competition growing for every product under the sun, you need your website to get to the point quickly. With more and more websites being viewed from mobile devices, the need for a clean, uncluttered, responsive website layout is extremely important. Continue reading →
Kash Burley is one of the newest members of the Pemberton Homes real estate family in Victoria. Naturally, the first thing she needed to help grow her career is an attractive website to showcase her listings. Continue reading →
Fhoss is the maker of illuminated high visibility safety clothing (powered by a small rechargeable power cell). Their safety clothing saves money & more importantly can help save lives. Their product is unique – the only company to offer such products – and their website needed to highlight their product and why it is so great. Continue reading →