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City Unveils New Website — What do you Think?

If you haven't visited the city of Newport's Web site in recent days, you might be in for a surprise the next time you visit.

The site has been redesigned with a new, clean look and feel.

City records show the Web site redesign cost $26,905 and the City Council approved the redesign by Vision Internet Providers at a Dec. 2012 meeting. 

Along with the redesign cost, the city is paying $6,000 per year for hosting, which includes maintenance, upgrades, new components and a free redesign after four years.

In a memo to the City Council, City Manager Jane Howington said at the time the contract was approved that the new site will give a host of new options for the city.

"Examples include emergency notification, limited streaming, community and city calendars, the ability to fill out forms on-line, mobile phone access, RSS feeds, city blog features, ability for citizens to file a complaint or call for service online and track its progress, integration with social media, community spotlight features and many more," Howington said. 

One key feature is the ability to accept online payments — something that had been part of the City Council's strategic goals.

So what do you think of the redesign?

Visit the site at www.cityofnewport.com
Chip Leakas February 25, 2014 at 06:57 AM
I like the new city website...seems well designed, easy to use, lots of great information, integrated with social media etc. (everything you would expect). Redesign cost of $30,000 and annual hosting cost of $6,000.00 (includes maintenance, updates?) What I DON'T UNDERSTAND is the annual contract to WorldWays Social Marketing ANNUAL CONTRACT for $65,600 for Engage Newport? What are we getting for $5,500 month? http://www.newportri.com/newportdailynews/news/local_state/encore-city-upgrades-online-services/article_ba0fa16c-eaac-5979-8cfd-18606d2153ff.html In late October, the city launched a new “microsite,” EngageNewport.com, which can be reached directly or by going to the city’s website -- www.cityofnewport.com -- and clicking on the “Engage Newport” logo in the center of the homepage. It’s called a microsite because it is subsidiary to the main city website. Maureen Cronin, who co-owns Worldways Social Marketing in Newport with her husband, Mark Cronin, built the microsite for the city. The company was hired under a $65,600 contract approved by the City Council at the end of July. Worldways will continue to work for the city in the coming year under the contract. Howington does not want the Engage Newport site to be static, meaning fresh and relevant content is going to have to be created regularly. A new editorial board will manage Engage Newport and other city communications.
George Costanza February 25, 2014 at 09:13 AM
Didn't Worldways hire the Mayor's son as a consultant?? I think that contract should be public, don't you?
Chris Christensen February 25, 2014 at 11:05 AM
The website reminds me of Obamas Healthcare website launching. There are far too many "Page not found" throughout it. Look at the Tax Department for example. Not ready for prime time folks. We just have to post it to see what we have for a website. Who reviewed it and said it was ready to go online?
concerned voter February 25, 2014 at 01:29 PM
$33,000.00, What for??? All they had to do was transfer the info that was on the old website onto the new website. I really don't think there is any improvement over the old website. The amateur design looks like it came from one of the free website builders that you can find all over the internet. All of the photographs are hideous. Some of the best photographers in the world reside right here in Newport, why not use some of their photos? There are plenty of excellent web designers right here in Newport why hire someone from California?? A tremendous waste of Taxpayer's dollars!! Can someone please tell me what improvements were made?
Woman of the tides March 02, 2014 at 01:18 PM
Page not found still prevails. No comment from the City?

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