It’s bright, it’s organized, it’s full of pictures and it’s not eight years old.
Welcome to the City of Campbell River’s new website.
The new page replaces the old one, in use since 2005. The re-vamped website, with larger fonts and tons of clickable links to help users navigate between city departments, launched Wednesday morning.
Warren Kalyn, the city’s information services manager, offered a preview of the website to council Tuesday evening.
“The first thing you’ll notice about our website is it’s very visual,” Kalyn said. “There are large scrolling banner images with clickable links. There’s large buttons and more accessibility options.”
At the top of the website is a one-stop shop – the I Want To drop down menu – which provides links for residents to pay their bills; view council agendas, job postings, a community calendar and council webcasts; as well as contact links and applications for job postings, home owner grants, permits and more.
The website contains more than 420 pages and can be translated into more than 70 foreign languages. The homepage also comes with a full mobile site compatible with most mobile phones.
A new feature on the website is the public engagement component, which includes a community opinion poll on the main page.
The public is also encouraged to submit their photos to a photo library and the best shots may be included in one of the scrolling banner photos. People are invited to e-mail high resolution photos to email@example.com with Website Photo in the subject line. Each submission should include a short description of the photograph as well as the photographer’s name.
The new website was developed with input from a public survey last year that helped determine what people wanted to see.
The re-design was done by Vancouver company Graphically Speaking for approximately $57,500. The website is found at www.campbellriver.ca and provides links to the city’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.