We’ve created business systems and processes that allow us to be more efficient than the average web designer. Our team will provide sound advice that will support your business goals, whether you are starting from scratch or have an outdated site.
Yardstick Services has extensive experience building and managing WordPress websites. WordPress is not used as just a blogging platform anymore; it has evolved into one of the most common CMS options for websites. We’ve researched all the major plugins and have a solution to almost all development requirements. Because WordPress has multiple themes and plugins, it’s easy to customize your WordPress site to make it look and function the way you like.
Consider your web design your handshake or fist bump; either way it’s the first impression to introduce your products and services and establish your business as professional and credible. Contact us today and let Yardstick Services help ensure that your business model is conveyed accurately — increasing traffic and sales.
We care about our new clients as passionately as our long-term clients who have been along for the ride since the company’s inception. Our web designers consistently endeavour to develop relationships built on trust and personalized attention and boldly commit to our client’s success.
Our clients traverse a wide-range of industries and our cross-functional team has grown organically to fill individual specialists’ roles to meet the challenges of design, development, and marketing in pursuit of project solutions.
Our web design specialists can create both a beautiful looking website and effectively resolve bugs and develop new features. At Yardstick Services, our diverse crew is innovative, agile professionals, who each possess a strong knowledge base and experience in their respective fields, which is accessible at a fraction of the cost of hiring one individual in-house.
The Pacific Ocean shapes the scenery and softens the climate of Vancouver Island, which stretches approximately 500 kilometres southeast to northwest, tucked against the mainland edge of BC and the north shore of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.
The South Island is a major entry point to Vancouver Island with the Victoria International Airport (YYJ) located in Sidney. The city of Victoria, BC’s capital, is positioned on the southern tip of Vancouver Island with a growing population of 85,792 (2016 census), which is up from 80,017 in 2011, while the population of the metropolitan area of Victoria outpaced the national growth rate over the last five years according to the census data.
Greater Victoria has long been the place where old and new money converge, evident in the waterfront neighbourhoods from Central, East and North Saanich to the well-heeled Uplands and Oak Bay. The capital region is made up of 13 municipalities, including the City of Victoria, whereby each family friendly community offers its own opportunities with an abundance of activities, shopping, dining, and charming character, plus plenty of grand historic sights.
Victoria is renowned for its walkable core and its bustling Inner Harbour, which on any given day is a mélange of passage. Cyclists, joggers, and walkers stroll among buskers and shop vendors along the seaside causeway, while the flotilla of marine hubbub of sail and power vessels, paddlers, and floatplanes taxi about the sheltered ocean quay.
With all of its charm and slightly slower gait than Metro Vancouver, Victoria is a well-established choice for its temperate climate, which draws people to put down roots. It boasts 2,193 hours of sunshine annually, not to mention only 883 millimetres of rain yearly (nearly half the annual rainfall of Vancouver). With moderate temps year-round, it comes as no surprise that Greater Victoria is rated Canada’s healthiest and fittest city by Statistics Canada. Victorians pursue a wide range of outdoor activities year-round and is recognized as having the greatest amount of active leisure time of any major Canadian city.
Its quality of life aptly positions the city for retirees, young families and couples, and is regarded as a gainful employment destination. (Since 2017, Greater Victoria has been enjoying the lowest unemployment rate in Canada, as reported by the Chamber).
According to the Victoria Real Estate Board (VREB), Greater Victoria home prices hit record levels in February 2018 as demand stayed strong and inventory remained tight. The benchmark price for a single-family house in Greater Victoria reached $710,500 in February, up by 10.6 per cent from the same month a year ago. Further, the VREB reported condominium prices also set a record, with the benchmark price in the region at $463,100, up 20.3 per cent from 2017. Climbing prices are good news for sellers, but first-time buyers are increasingly turning to the condo market as a way to afford a home.
The region’s economic development is thriving, according to Greater Victoria’s Chamber of Commerce. Greater Victoria is one of the strongest economies in BC, a region of business opportunity enhanced by a rapidly growing knowledge-based economy. Greater Victoria’s business community – comprised of mainly small and medium-sized companies representing a wide range of sectors – is experiencing strong growth.
According to the City of Victoria Economic Action Plan, Victoria’s six sectors are engines that drive the businesses that generate jobs and raise household incomes: Advanced Education and Research & Development, Ocean and Marine Sector, Tourism, Government, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Start-Ups and Social Enterprise (Victoria is an entrepreneurial city with the highest self-employment rate in the country).
In addition to the engines, a focus on locally owned businesses in all sectors increases genuine well-being: studies show that places with higher numbers of locally owned businesses are more prosperous. Education, construction, health, retail, agriculture, and arts and culture contribute to the overall strength of the economy and demonstrate the healthy diversity of the business environment.
Futhermore, recent studies, like Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler’s (KPMG) Competitive Alternatives have identified Greater Victoria as the most cost effective place to do business in the Pacific Northwest for sectors such as digital and biotechnology industries.
Yardstick actively serves numerous Victoria businesses in varied industries, employing best practices in order to develop robust websites and execute cost-effective digital marketing campaigns for our clients.
Give us an opportunity to earn your trust. We guarantee to provide you with some valuable insights about your website, competition or target market before we even ask for your business. If you are looking for support, have any questions about web design or any of our services, we can help. Let’s start a conversation.