We are an award-winning Oregon web design agency

Harness Media is an award-winning Oregon web design agency based in Salem providing web development, web hosting, website maintenance, and search engine optimization (SEO) services to businesses locally and nationwide. We’ve been serving web design clients consistently since 1999.

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How We Can Help You

Having a clear and effective plan helps your website project to be a great success for your business. Taking the time to think about each element from your vision and how this can be brought to life, will benefit your business.

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We build websites that:

  • Accurately represent your brand
  • Display properly on various devices
  • Load quickly on mobile & desktop
  • Are easy to read and navigate
  • Consistently appear in Google searches
  • Convert visitors into customers
  • Meet Accessibility standards (WCAG)
  • Simple to manage yourself

We build websites for:

Our History

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Geeking out since the 1980’s

In high school, Wendell Harness was a full-on nerd, complete with black-framed plastic glasses, with distinct interests in computers, math and science. He began tinkering with the Atari 400 console his Mom bought for him one Christmas. After becoming bored with playing games, he hacked into the Atari’s operating system using the cassette deck accessory and began writing his own adventure games.

Established in 1986

Shortly after high school, Wendell built his own bulletin board system (BBS) after a self-taught crash course. He dubbed it “When Pigs Fly” after a competitor challenged him with that very phrase, claiming there was no way he could figure it out that quickly. People were soon asking Wendell for help with their own projects and Harness Technology was born.

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Transitioning to the WWW

In 1989, a British scientist invented the World Wide Web (WWW) Project. It didn’t take long for it to catch on among the geeks of the world, and Wendell was no exception. While working full-time days as a Land Surveyor, he moonlighted throughout the 1990’s building various types of online entities. By 1999, he decided to get serious with his company and began building websites for clients.

Embracing WordPress

Up until 2005, Wendell had been building websites manually using PHP, HTML and CSS. He wanted to find a good starting point instead of reinventing the wheel with each new website. After spending a few years working with myriad content management systems (CMS) such as PostNuke, Joomla, and Drupal, he eventually settled on WordPress. By 2008, WordPress would become the official CMS of Harness Media.

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A pioneer in Website Care

In 2014, we pioneered the Website Care trend to offer all-inclusive website hosting and maintenance services, becoming a virtual “web team” for businesses across the nation. Our clients soon realized that our Website Care services would relieve them from dealing with multiple third-party services for domain registration, web hosting, web development, ongoing website maintenance and SEO.

Focused and dedicated

Over the years, we’ve offered our clients a huge array of services involving IT, web technologies, mobile devices and social media management. In 2010, we decided to focus our attention specifically on building and maintaining websites. Harness Media builds fast, secure and professional websites that become your digital marketing platform, featuring mobile-friendly design and proper SEO foundations that meet legal requirements for accessibility and privacy.

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Rewarded and awarded

After the devastating Santiam Canyon wildfires of 2020, a team of local businesses banded together to form the Santiam Rebuild Coalition. In a collaborative effort with VanNatta Public Relations, Harness Media donated the website build and ongoing maintenance for the SRC. Subsequently, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) recognized our hard work with an Award of Merit.

Creative Accolades

In 2023, we worked with the Sisters of St. Mary to build a new website. In the process, we built a new way for them to manage and showcase their annual Jubilee celebrations. This resulted in SSMO receiving a Hermes Creative Award in the Electronic Media category, in which our participation in the project was acknowledged.

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What our clients say about us

“I was so lucky to find Wendell when I was looking for someone to help me transform CashCo Financial’s website. The result was spectacular. My clients at CashCo could not have been happier. Wendell listened carefully to their unique needs and delivered on time and beyond our expectations. He was easy to work with and taught us so much about web design and editing along the way.”
Bridget Wellborn
HomeSmart Realty Group
“Wendell is one of the most humble digital agency owners I know. Your deep knowledge of the digital marketing landscape, coupled with your strategic thinking and perfectionism, has enabled you to create career-changing businesses for the clients you serve. I’d recommend anyone to Wendell as he will exceed expectations at every opportunity.”
Kolby Joyce
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