Say goodbye to the old look of the Town of Albertville website and hello to the new one. On June 1, the city launched its new website after approval at a council meeting in October 2020.
The previous website design was over eight years old and launched in 2012 and did not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It was also not compatible with various platforms such as mobile or desktop.
The city’s goal, according to city administrator Adam Nafstad, was to “have an up-to-date and easy-to-use website for residents.”
After receiving four proposals from different companies before the 2020 approval, the city enlisted Granicus to help with the design of the website. Granicus works with cities to design, build and host websites and to customize mobile apps. Many other cities in Minnesota also use Granicus, such as Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Savage, Shoreview, and Hastings.
“The process [of designing the new website] was very fluid, ”said city clerk Kris Luedke. “Our town was appointed the Granicus project manager who worked with municipal staff on the implementation of the new website. The process of setting up the website started in December 2020 and ended in May 2021 with weekly meetings between our city working group and our project manager Granicus.
Designing the new website cost the city a total of $ 15,000, which included the first year of maintenance, hosting, and licensing fees with Granicus.
City staff (city administrator, city clerk, finance department, building department, and fire chief) looked at four different wireframe design options and then chose the current website design from the selection.
A smaller group consisting of the City Clerk, CFO, a member of the building department and the finance clerk were able to update the old website before Granicus migrated the pages to the new site. They were also able to determine what items they wanted to appear on the buttons on the main home page – Pay My Bill, Permit and License, City Council, City Code, and Reservations – and the various page headers. main reception – Services, Our city, Government, Businesses and I want … During all this time, the small team communicated with all the staff of the town hall.
City staff can now revise website content when new updates, events or documents need to be released as soon as possible. With the old website, staff had to depend on outside sources to update the website.
Luedke is very happy that the new website is ADA compliant and very user-friendly for residents and business owners due to the new layout.
“I am excited about the ease of use and the clean look of it,” said Luedke. “With the new site, our pages are more organized. For example, under the Permits and Licenses page, a person can select Business Licenses or Building Permits and see all of the city’s different licenses and permits, as well as checklists and building permit documents. On this same building permits page, the city can accept online payments through a secure payment site.
The new website is also designed to work on a myriad of devices, including cell phones.
“Every time you start from scratch to build your website, it’s a business,” Nafstad said. “I hope we can keep this website for the city for a while.”
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