Social Benefit Software

Social Benefit Software Northern Village is pleased to announce the launch of its “Social Benefit Software”. This is a culmination of several years of effort, using use our expertise to provide software for organizations that are trying to be a force for good. Depending on what their needs are, Northern Village has supported them by facilitating ecommerce, donations, mailing lists, database...

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Some backend things we just do

Some Backend Things We Just Do The one constant about having a web company is that things always change. In the past we told you about changes we made to all of our websites to ensure they are secure and accessible. In the last year there seem to have been more changes than usual! Specifically: Changing hosting providers: Our long-time server...

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Do Communications Plans actually DO anything?

Communications Plans are powerful documents that act like a guide for you, your staff, and your stakeholders. When you and your team have a common purpose, agreed upon through editing and discussion, you create a bond with the people you work with that makes everything easier, from internal communications to meetings to external newsletters and marketing. Let's take a brief...

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Northern Village launches Access2ID on World Homeless Day

MEDIA RELEASE * FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE * October 7, 2022 In alignment with World Homeless Day on October 10, 2022, local Guelph web and software company Northern Village announces the official launch of Access2ID, a program designed to assist agencies who facilitate ID recovery for those experiencing homelessness. “One of the most significant barriers for people experiencing homelessness to access...

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Meridian Small Business Contest Winner 2021

Northern Village wins 2021 Meridian Small Business Contest!!

Northern Village is thrilled and honoured to be declared the Meridian Small Business Contest winner from over 1,000 entries!! Meridian was looking for businesses demonstrating resilience, innovation, and community spirit, which we believe are at the heart of who we are and what we do at Northern Village. Here is the video we submitted for our nomination. See press release....

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Small Business Award media release

MEDIA RELEASE Thursday, December 16, 2021  LOCAL GUELPH BUSINESS WINS SMALL BUSINESS AWARD Northern Village Named First Place Winner in Provincial Contest (Guelph, ON)  Guelph-based web and software business Northern Village Inc. has been announced as the First Place award winner in the province-wide Meridian Small Business Awards.  “We were blown away by the quality of over 1,000 entries for...

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Northern Village earns B Corp certification

Northern Village is now a Certified B Corporation, a designation that verifies the company meets high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. “We are very proud to be among the growing number of companies in Guelph and around the world that have achieved B Corp certification,” said Arni Mikelsons, founder of Northern Village. “It’s a tremendous honour...

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Search Engine Optimization

Get noticed with good SEO

Be found with good SEO Northern Village provides search engine optimization as part of every engagement. We do this in two ways. First, the Northern Village website editing software incorporates all the back end “technical stuff” that search engines like to see. Secondly, we provide a variety of tactics that you can use to increase the prominence of your website...

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Our technology choices

Our Technology Choices We have carefully considered our technology choices before settling with the main software powering Northern Village. The main elements of choosing the software that we use is: It is a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering. As a client, you will never need to worry about the nuts and bolts of your website. Simply point your web browser to...

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Responsive Design

Our website approach

Our Website Approach Northern Village can help you to develop a website that's affordable, effective, useful, modern, and powerful. How do we do it? We use a content-driven philosophy in producing easy to edit, custom-designed websites. It is a fast and efficient approach that highlights your core message and allows for flexible site development, fast delivery and easy maintenance. This...

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Securing your website

Securing your website If you take look at the URL bar at the top of this page, you will see that there is a little padlock at the begninning of it indicating that this page is secure. Northern Village has taken the step to make sure that all of its websites, and all future websites are secure. It is just...

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Comfort of never having to do an upgrade

Northern Village CMS over WordPress

Benefits of Northern Village CMS over WordPress As the founder of Northern Village, I am regularly asked why we prefer not to use WordPress to manage our  websites. It is a good question.  WordPress is by far the most popular CMS in the world today (60% of websites using a CMS use WordPress). There are lots of different modules that...

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Removing Barriers to Website Access

Website accessibility - Just part of your website

Accessibiltiy is an important element of making sure that everyone can participate equally in our village. With websites, it is making sure that people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive disabilities can interact with and contribute to the Internet. As a business, or organization, you want to make sure that everyone can have access to the information you are providing. ...

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Origins of Northern Village

Why is the company named Northern Village?

Why is the company named Northern Village? Coming up with a name for a company is not an easy thing. You want to have something that gives customers a good idea of the function, purpose and/or philosophy of the company or organization. Anyone who has tried to name something knows it is not easy. Arni Mikelsons struggled in coming up...

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