The Wentzville Board of Aldermen approved a contract with Michigan-based Revize LLC for a redesign of the city’s six-year-old website.
The state-of-the-art website should help to “create a self-service government,” a Revize staffer told the board via an online presentation. “Residents will be able to come to the website instead of inundating [city staff] with phone calls or having to come down to city hall.”
The redesign will cost the city a total of $40,200 spread over four years. In the fourth year, Revize will perform a second redesign to the site.
The new website should be functional in 15 to 17 weeks, depending on approvals. The city is allowed to make changes three times, but doing so would delay the launch date.
The website will feature:
- A responsive design that will scale to any size screen, mobile to desktop
- An intuitive home page, so that users can get where they need to go in two or three clicks
- A language translator
- An agenda management center
- Social media fly-out bars so that users can immediately share content on their Facebook pages or Twitter feeds
- Citizen’s engagement center
- An emergency alert center, with a banner at the top of the page that links to additional information
- Email notifications
The contract for the upgraded website will also include staff productivity applications, SEO (search engine optimization), training, rolling updates, analytics, and administrative and security features. City staffers will be able to change or add pages, create forms and upload videos easily.
Revize LLC, with 20 years of experience in building government websites, now has 800 municipalities across the country utilizing its services. Locally, Richmond Heights uses the company for its website.