Just like the need to update your cell phone or other electronic devices to keep them operating on the latest versions, it is also necessary to update websites to keep them current. While websites can function, for all intents and purposes, the same regardless of how current or dated they may be, it is important to keep the website form and function as current as possible. The trend is to "freshen" your website every three to four years to keep them relevant and engaging to the user. It has been five years since the city has completed a redesign of our website. More importantly, over half of our users access our website from their mobile device. While they can still navigate the website from their phones, there are many functions that won't work from a cell phone.
Communications staff is in the process of a website redesign. While we wish it was as easy as tapping the update button on your cell phone, the reality is that the process takes anywhere from 6 months to a year, depending on the number of unique pages and content, and how extensive of a redesign planned.
We certainly want to achieve a more current and interactive website, with a visually pleasing format, however, we also want a website that is functional and easy to navigate with fewer clicks to reach the user's destination. The redesign of the city's website will allow full functionality from a desktop, laptop or any other mobile device.
We anticipate a launch of the new website in May.