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WooCommerce 2015 Canadian Tax Import

Canadian Provincial Taxes. If your store is located in one of the following Provinces, you need to charge Provincial PST. You will need to get a PST number and remit taxes to that Province. If not please delete any of the last four PST classes that don’t apply to your store.

British Columbia 7%
Saskatchewan 5%
Manitoba 8% – changed July 2013 (image below is incorrect)
Quebec 9.975%

Download the 2015 tax rates here for your store: canadian_tax_rates

If you are a Quebec retailer you need to charge Provincial sales tax (PST) on sales within your Province. Refer to the infographic above to adjust for your own Province.

If your website is not optimized for mobile traffic, you need to make it a priority.

Does your website pass the mobile-friendly test? If your website is not optimized for mobile traffic, you need to make it a priority. Google anticipates that 2015 will be the biggest year yet in mobile device searching while desktop searching will continue to decline.

Google hinted of this coming algorithm update, and will be rolling it out globally over the next few weeks. In their ever-increasing efforts to provide users with a better search experience Google created criteria for what defines a site as mobile-friendly and provides a testing tool to determine if sites pass the mobile-friendly test. Googlebots will use the factors listed below to determine a site’s mobile friendliness.

1.) The content must not be wider than the screen.
2.) Links must not be too close together to make it easy for users to select the right link.
3.) Text must be large enough to read without zooming.
4.) The site must avoid using software for mobile devices, such as Flash, because Googlebots cannot read its content.
5.) Sites must fit content to the screen device, whether smartphone or tablet, so users do not have to scroll horizontally or zoom.

Websites that do not embrace mobile-friendly practices will suffer the dreaded demotion of their sites in Google’s index. Sites that score high in the mobile-friendly category will be rewarded with increased rank results while sites that score poorly for will be penalized. Sites that pass the mobile-friendly test will receive a special label next to their web pages in search results that indicate its mobile-friendly optimization compliance. Test your website here – https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/

 

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Air Canada App for iPhone and iPad – Launches

Air Canada has launched a new App to make life easier for Apple iPhone that wish to make reservations with Air Canada via their iPhone. The App gives the customer the ability to check-in online for flights via the App, check for a flight status, you can even receive setup up the App for specific notification, it’s genius. The Air Canada iPhone App is very useful if your traveling with Air Canada or looking to book a flight easily this is the App for flying with Air Canada.

Air Canada has introduced mobile booking for your an easier flying experience, thus making the whole event of travel easier, it completely simplifies the ability to manage every aspect of traveling with Air Canada. If you like flying with Air Canada, then this is the App for you.

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/air-canada/id326459697?mt=8

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Toronto Star – Decide to go with Adaptive Design over Responsive

The Toronto Start picks adaptive over responsive design. At a time when many media houses are adopting responsive design for their digital properties, the Toronto Star instead opted for adaptive HTML5 versions for different devices for its recent online rehaul. “The wild debates about responsive design have been going on for a couple of years now, and I think it’s been fairly polarizing,” said Ali Rahnema, vice president of digital media.

Rahnema said the choice was due to theStar.com’s constantly changing content. “Certainly, the principles of responsive design make a lot of sense for sites that are less dynamic and more static,” he said.

Responive design would have restricted the Star’s ability to present different types of stories, content, and visual elements, as well as its ability to address the different expectations of different types of users, he said. “We’d prefer to design this for the desktop, and then have our HTML5 offering for the tablet, and a different HTML5 offering for smartphones. We felt that that was the right way to go, at least at this stage.” Going to the site on different devices will automatically call up the appropriate version, he said. Mobile apps can also be downloaded at the Get Mobile page.

The Star worked with Toronto’s Dashboard agency, which was brought on board to compile best practices, rethink the site’s UX design and do the initial core page designs that the Star’s team later built upon. The new site was unveiled on Jan. 30.

The redesign was powered by Adobe CQ5, a switch from the Star’s previous homegrown CMS. “The beauty of the new site’s back-end is that it’s a complete modular structure,” Rahnema said. “Anything you see on the page that’s a distinct box is literally a drag-and-drop module.” As a result, the design team can tweak the template as it sees fit, which Rahnema said benefits the editorial side as well. Whether it’s a breaking news story with a large pic and minimal copy, or a 3,000-word piece without many photos, the paper isn’t locked in to one type of layout, he said.

As well, the Star can now organize its offerings to better showcase other content. Site navigation is now available on the left-hand side, and related and ‘most popular’ stories are featured by topic in boxed packages. A new ‘mystar’ tool enables readers to follow favourite writers, sports teams, and customize weather and horoscope info. “The site was very crammed before, so we feel like we’ve aired it out a bit,” Rahnema said, citing the increase of white space.

While Rahnema said it’s too early to comment on analytic results, he’s happy to report that the redesign has done no harm. SEO has held up and there’s been a healthy amount of link-driving from social media. “Maybe it’s a weird measure of success, but I think the best indicator was that in the first two days, we had under 100 emails or telephones,” he said about reader complaints. “That’s actually not a lot for a site of this magnitude. I’ve been involved in redesign launches in the past, and that’s the lowest number I’ve certainly ever experienced,” he said.

Source: http://www.designedgecanada.com/news/2013/20130215736.shtml

Social Media and Canadians – Changing Addictive Times

One-third of Canadians don’t go a day without checking social media: survey. One in three anglophone Canadians says not a single day goes by without checking into their social media feeds. It’s one of many social networking statistics compiled in a new report by the Media Technology Monitor, based on surveys conducted in the fall with 4,001 anglophone Canadians.

Almost seven in 10 Internet users said they were regular social media users, logging on at least once a month. That figure was up by about six per cent compared to 2011.

Those growing numbers didn’t surprise Aimee Morrison, an associate professor at the University of Waterloo, who researches digital culture.

“It’s becoming a mainstream part of how we get the business of life accomplished and you’re at a disadvantage increasingly if you don’t do it,” says Morrison.

“I think social media is hitting a tipping point in a way that cellphones did in the later part of the 1990s, where we’ve moved from the stage where it was something that the early adopters did and then the hipsters did and then the kids did.”

About 63 per cent of social media users said they read Facebook posts, tweets and/or LinkedIn updates every single day.

Facebook remains far and away the most popular social network. About 63 per cent of Internet users and 93 per cent of social media users said they’re on Facebook.

While Twitter gets a lot of media hype and is growing rapidly it’s not all that commonly used in Canada, according to MTM’s numbers.

Less than one in five Internet users said they were on Twitter in the last month, although those numbers had grown by 80 per cent in a year, up from just 10 per cent in 2011.

“Probably in the press it looks like more people are on Twitter than actually are on Twitter,” said Morrison, who noted the stats were in line with usage of the social network among her graduate students.

“They didn’t think it was relevant to them or some had concerns about privacy or the exposure they might face as young workers…. They were worried it might be held against them if they did it wrong.”

Morrison pointed out that it can be difficult for new users “to know the right way to use Twitter and therefore it can be more alienating than something like Facebook.”

The business-oriented social network LinkedIn had similar usage numbers, although it grew slower since 2011. About 12 per cent of Internet users said they used it at least once a month in 2011 and the figure was up to 18 per cent in 2012.

“It’s a lot of work to do LinkedIn well, I imagine there’s a lot of begun and abandoned (accounts),” Morrison said.

“If you join because you think you’re supposed to but you don’t have a burning need that you’re trying to fulfil it’s pretty easy to give up before you get to that point where you start to see returns on investment in time and effort.”

Only seven per cent of the social media users surveyed said they were regular users of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, logging in to each at least one a month. Those users were most likely to be under 50, university educated and live in a high-income household with a child under 12 in the home.

Morrison said social media membership will likely continue to grow as users who previously held out feel obligated to finally join in.

“We’re getting into now that cultural tipping point where it’s no longer really that choice of, ‘I don’t need it, I’m not going to use it,’ but rather, ‘I’m being left out of things now because so many people use it and they assume everyone has it.“’

On the other hand, there will always be resisters who refuse to sign on to what they deem to be a fad.

Maybe it’s not for you “if you are very satisfied with the amount of interaction you have with your friends and family and the people you lost touch with you’re happy to not be in touch with them anymore. Or you’re not looking for a job, you’re happy with where you are,” Morrison said.

“If you’re very satisfied with your life it’s quite possible you do not need whatever new technological gizmo that comes your way.”

Source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/digital-culture/social-web/one-third-of-canadians-dont-go-a-day-without-checking-social-media-survey/article11607311/

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