City unveils new website design

November 5, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

The city’s went live with its new website design Oct. 28.

The most obvious change to users is the color scheme, as the new design reverts to maroon, which the city used before changing to light green. The new design also allows residents to fill out police reports and request action from the city.

City Manager Rob Wyman said the change was made for functionality.

“The previous website was done in such a way that there was no easy way to do any updates,” he said.

The previous site required knowledge of website codes — such as HTML — but the new one does not. Special Events Producer Jules Maas had updated the site, Wyman said, but she was laid off at the end of last year. City employees are now learning the new user-friendly system.

The city paid consultant Fusion Creative Works $5,000 to help launch the new site.

Councilwoman Lisa Jensen, who owns web-development company Jensen Websites, spent several hours per month updating the site without a fee before the redesign.

She said the new site is effective.

“It looks good. It’s easy to navigate,” she said. “It’s not a lot different, but I think the most important thing is it will be updated more frequently now.”

On the web

See the city’s new website at www.ci.newcastle.wa.us.

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