The Municipality has unveiled a fresh look for its municipal website with an updated homepage and upgrades throughout the site, including increased engagement opportunities and a more intuitive navigation, making the site easier for users to find the information that they are looking for.
“The new homepage layout is much cleaner and easier to navigate, which was the primary goal at the outset of this project,” noted Councillor Robert Polutnik, Chair of the Corporate Services Department. “An improved website was identified as an objective in our Community Strategic Plan and we have also listened to our residents, who have highlighted the need for a friendlier user-experience. We are happy to deliver this action item to start off the year.”
The homepage layout refresh includes:
• Updates to the top navigation, with colour-coding to ensure the eye is drawn there, first;
• A larger slider banner, for more effective visuals of the community;
• The inclusion of a “top searches” secondary navigation, which was based on past website analytics;
• A “top stories” carousel rotation, highlighting the latest news from the Municipality;
• The addition of a Mayor and Council ribbon, a one-stop ‘shop’ for all council information;
• The addition of a “top residential services” bar, a navigation item to assist users in locating the Parks, Recreation, & Culture and the Municipal Calendar pages – sites that are most frequented by residents;
• A tourism bar, added to direct users to the Municipality’s Visitors website with ease.
• A footer with duplicate information available, for quick access and layered webpage entry points.
Additional new website features include an e-mail notification system, where users can subscribe to receive notifications whenever a new media release, public notice, community consultation and/or career listing has been posted online. The site also includes a new event submission form that allows for any community group to add their event to the municipal calendar with ease and a colour-coded calendar, so that events are easily identifiable at first glance.
“The new homepage and increased functionality on the site will help to elevate our
online communications,” explained Brian Gilmer, Director of Corporate Services/Clerk. “The improved site also aligns with our goal to ensure that our web presence meets the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) compliance standards; an objective we will continue to work on throughout the year.”
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Residents are encouraged to explore the new homepage and to subscribe to the email notifications at porthope.ca.
For more information, please contact:
Communications / Community Engagement Coordinator