Archive for Monday, November 29, 2010

Johnson County unveils website changes

November 29, 2010

Johnson County’s main website has a new look.

The redesigned website was announced Monday, November 29, by Johnson County Manager Hannes Zacharias. The Internet connection to Johnson County government, officials say, offers a streamlined website that’s easier to use, with simpler navigation, new content, social networking support, and interactive features.

The county’s website address remains unchanged at jocogov.org.

“We created the new Johnson County website with our top priority being an informative, useful site for the general public. We want to make it easier for Johnson County residents and others to find information about Johnson County Government,” Zacharias said.

“Input we received about our former website was that some information was missing or hard to find. We undertook a major renovation with the goal of making information more complete and easily accessible. The new website is designed to encourage more citizen participation and allow residents better access to their county government, its departments and the many services and programs we provide.”

Among items the website currently or soon will feature are:

  • A more intuitive, user friendly website redesign with a new look and feel;
  • A streamlined menu bar with a search feature that simplifies navigation and allows residents to have information regarding important issues that matter to them;
  • Contact forms and information resources that make it easier for residents to communicate to the Board of County Commissioners, Constituent Services Bureau, and County Manager’s Office;
  • Portals that will present pertinent information and useful links for the many different county initiatives, services, and programs along with links to local city governments;
  • Social networking design and support—including Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Flickr feeds which allow users to subscribe to news and services, and be notified as soon as information is added;
  • Hot Topics section and Calendar that highlight all current and relevant county news and local events; and,
  • “How to” and “FYI” features that provide a list of the most commonly requested website information from county departments, including links to the county budget and special projects and task forces.

The redesign process began more than a year ago when county staff began gathering data updating the current website. The website will continue to undergo changes and updates, as needed.

The project involved personnel from all county departments in partnership with the Information Technology Services (ITS) Department, which is handling redesign, implementation, and maintenance of the website.

The redesigned website uses the Drupal Content Management System, an open access software, at no significant cost to the county. The system is featured in more than 400,000 websites worldwide. Drupal users include the cities of Olathe and Lawrence, Warner Brothers Records, and several federal websites, such as the White House, NASA, Department of Energy, U.S. Trade Office, and Go.USA.gov.

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