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Bethlehem to make website more user-friendly

$25k redesign to focus on social media, functionality

Nicole Kibodeaux, of web design firm Civic Plus, presents options for the town’s new website design to Town Board members.

Nicole Kibodeaux, of web design firm Civic Plus, presents options for the town’s new website design to Town Board members. Photo by Marcy Velte.

— “We expect less and less processes to be paper dependent as time goes on, and that’s good for the environment and the town’s budget,” said Clarkson. “We will have alternatives available for those who need them, but that’s the way the world is heading.”

The new site is expected to be online by the fall and a committee of town officials has volunteered to work on aesthetics and functionality. The package from Civic Plus comes with a free redesign of the site in four years, so as technology advances the site can stay up-to-date.

The site will be hosted externally in order to save money on internal hardware, software and maintenance. This also means that if a natural disaster strikes and the town loses power, Civic Plus can update the website with important information on behalf of the town.

Once the project is complete, the town will be given rights to the design, content and software. That way, the town can switch service providers and not be at risk of losing anything. Dammeyer said the site would also be compatible with the town’s content management system that operates the recently upgraded meeting video streaming and archival functions.

Clarkson said presentations on the site would be held closer to the launch date to let people know how the new tools work.

“It might take a little while for people to catch on, because there’s always a learning curve with these things,” he said.

Anyone wishing to contribute photographs to potentially be used on the site can send them to Robin Nangengast in the supervisor’s office at RNagengast@townofbethlehem.com.

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