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City Plans to Design a New Improved Website

At this week’s Council meeting, the Council will discuss the redesign City’s website in order to improve the search function, ease of navigation, information finding, access to documents, and overall experience. Back in August this year, the City issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) and received 26 responses.

Staff recommends that the City award a contract to CivicPlus, who has over 20 years of experience, more than 2,500 municipal clients, including Rockville, Bowie, Greenbelt, Annapolis and Prince George’s County. $35,000 has been budgeted for the new website redesign in the FY18 budget.

Updates on City’s New Website

I was asked to give an update on the progress of City’s new website development. The staff received input from the Council about the new website mock up that was presented in a recent worksession and is working to make a few changes based on those feedback. The changes are mostly related contents and how they should be organized (called “site map”):

1. Consistency of title of boards and commissions. Sometimes they are written as ‘committees’ sometimes as ‘commissions.’ It is now officially “Commissions”
2. Visitors list. The list doesn’t seem to be a list of things that visitors typically want, e.g., jobs, home ownership, etc. instead, we should use the Shop College Park list of banner names and link to each of those. This will help especially since most people don’t know what shop college park is. After much discussion staff felt some of those things should be there, for those that are looking to move into the area. The Shop College Park link will also be added.
3. Things to do is also an idea that was thrown in. This could link to ATHA, Tourist attractions, etc.
4. Students link: add trash; remove parks and recreations, parks will stay, refuse removal will be added
5. Make our visitors page into one that caters to people visiting DC. We can promote our attractions and connection to transportation. Our transportation map along with close proximity to DC attractions

Staff is working closely with the website contractor (Revize) to make these changes and are still looking for a tentative go-live around the fall time frame. Please let me or Patrick know if you have any questions.

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