Third Sun Blog

Google's Algorithm Change Impacts Non-Mobile Websites

24 April 2015 Written by

This week Google changed its algorithm, which in and of itself is hardly news. It happens quite frequently actually - as in hundreds of times a year. But this one is major and causing a stir.

Why?

Because Google is taking a pretty big step that could impact millions of websites.

How?

Because Google is going to give more page ranking status to mobile-friendly websites.

What does this mean for you?

If you’ve done a design with Third Sun in the last 2 years, more than likely, your website already mobile friendly because in that time we’ve pretty exclusively designed with what’s known as “mobile responsive design.”

If you haven’t done a design with us recently, more than likely your website is not mobile friendly in the way Google wants it to be. Most of its requirements are actually quite sensible in this mobile device moment that we live in:

  • Text needs to be easy to read
  • Menu navigation needs to be accessible
  • Older flash or other content that requires plugins needs to be changed for mobile friendly and playable content

We know many of you will need some help in making this adjustment.

Here is an excellent post on how to prepare by Computer World >

Buyers Beware

Please beware of unscrupulous characters telling you that you will be “removed from Google” as this does NOT appear to be true nor is it a fair and honest way to gather business. Do you need to ascertain the status of your mobile website? Yes. Do you need to be alarmed that nobody will ever find your website again. No. But it is something you should take seriously and take measures to adjust if you rely on Google to drive search traffic to your website.

Cost

In most cases, to adapt your website to a more mobile friendly status will take at least a couple of hours. For older websites, you should also consider the possibility making a larger investment to upgrade and have the template redesigned completely in a responsive way.

Questions?

Contact  for more info or if you are not sure about your mobile friendly status and we’ll be happy to help.

Looking to 2015

01 January 2015 Written by

Another great year is in the books, and we are thankful for all of our friends, clients, and fans in Salt Lake and beyond. We look forward to seeing many of you in the New Year and continuing to partner with you for your website, graphic design, and marketing needs!

Third Sun Productions Hires Michael Yount as Creative Director

15 October 2014 Written by

For immediate release:
Jocelyn Kearl

Phone: 801-666-7675

Michael Yount-headSalt Lake City, Utah - Third Sun Productions, a web design firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah, is pleased to announce the hiring of Michael Yount as Creative Director. Michael’s expertise will add to Third Sun’s branding and design services, helping clients to meet their marketing objectives.

Michael has been the Marketing Director at the I.J. and Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center in Salt Lake City since 2011. Previous to that, Michael founded his own design firm, Y Design, and honed his writing, editing, and design skills working for a variety of publications, including The Salt Lake Tribune. Michael has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Utah.

“We’re excited to take Third Sun and our clients to the next level,” says Troy Mumm, co-owner of Third Sun Productions. “Michael brings an intelligence and sensibility to design that will benefit our clients,” added Jocelyn Kearl, co-owner.

Third Sun Productions was founded by Troy Mumm and Jocelyn Kearl in 2005 who met at KRCL. Because of their background in nonprofit work, Third Sun has a unique niche working with nonprofit organizations throughout Utah. They have designed hundreds of websites, specializing in Joomla content management systems, and provide support to nearly 200 clients from small businesses to nonprofits. For more info, visit www.thirdsun.com.

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Manage Your Relationships with CiviCRM

30 September 2014 Written by

At Third Sun Productions, we are always researching options to help our clients access better tools for their work. For our nonprofit organizations, managaing constituents -- donors, volunteers, sponsors, and other contacts -- plays a huge role in their success. Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) tools can be pricey, however.

Great Sources for FREE Stock Photos

29 August 2014 Written by

Good photography is essential is modern web design.  If you can't afford custom photography, there are many great stock photo sites out there. At Third Sun we often use Deposit Photos, Dollar Photo Club (great photos - all sizes just $1), Big Stock Photo, and Dreamstime.   Paid stock photo sites have rates that vary widely, so check out all the options carefully.

Recently, we've come across more and more free photography sites.  Some of these provide images of great quality, and they are often more unique then you'll get from commercial stock sites.   Be sure to check each sites terms of use, and attribution requirements. 

Summer Site Launches!

29 August 2014 Written by

As summer winds down, we'll take a look at some of the projects that have kept us busy for the last few months.

Thanks to Local First Utah for the Shout Out

07 August 2014 Written by

We were excited to be highlighted on Local First Utah's blog about the Leaders Circle this week. Since 2006, we've worked with Local First Utah through a lot of growth and change, and we're excited as the local movement takes hold in all corners to be part of it.

Sponsoring the Utah Arts Festival

17 June 2014 Written by

We love the Utah Arts Festival for many reasons like everyone else, but when we were just a start-up nine years ago looking for clients to take a chance on Third Sun Productions, the Utah Arts Festival hired us. As an unknown at the time, we got a kick out of seeing our logo next to Wells Fargo and other big corporations.

After designing and managing nine festival websites since 2006, we are part of the Festival family and find great pride in being part of one of the largest arts festival in the country, not to mention the absolute largest in Utah.