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April 1, 2009

WC’s $50,000 website makeover: What do you think?

The city spent nearly $50,000 to redesign its website, to make the site more user-friendly, the city’s web master, Brad Rovanpera, told the Contra Costa Times.

The site looks similar to the old one, but it's more interactive, he said. "We didn't want a wholesale redesign because we liked the look of the old one," said Rovanpera. "But this one puts us in a whole new level of Web experience."
Apparently, even in a tight budget year, the different departments found money to contribute to the upgrade, since each department will benefit, Rovanpera said.

I, of course, will be making much use of the new website, as I dig around for various bits of information on the city and its business, so I’ll be finding out for myself if its search features function better.

If you want to share your experiences with the new site, please do.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great...as long as they keep the crossing guards at Walnut Acres and we can continue to rely on excellent response time by our police.

Anonymous said...

Better make sure you're feeling those meters, Soccer Mom, we've got a website to pay for!

Anonymous said...

I bet the chinese restruant with the flag did the work on this.

Jojo Potato said...

I've been leaving feedback (complaining) to Mr. Rovanpera for years regarding problems with the W.C. website. Nothing was ever fixed. How he keeps his job is beyond me, a couple middle school kids could have done that rework for a couple of pizzas.

Anonymous said...

Reading the CoCo times article I see that now W.C. can track how many users are accessing the site. For $50,000? I'm doing it on mine for free, lots of good stats too. Check out google-analytics instead of what some salesman told you.

Anonymous said...

I just can't believe WC couldn't find an out of work web designer (I'm sure there are some good ones around.....) to do this for less than 50 grand. Amazing! You would think in today's economic climate they would be holding off or paying less, wow.

Anonymous said...

I heard last night at a district meeting that WC did eliminate crossing guards, I guess their priority is a bit skewed...

Soccer Mom said...

Are these the crossing guards around WCI? Or at a different school? Walnut Acres, in the MDUSD?

Might be something I need to address...

Thanks for the note.