The City of Pacific Grove recently launched a new government website. Accessed at www.ci.pg.ca.us, the redeveloped website has transformed and elevated the overall access to important City information and online services.
The City partnered with Vision Internet, an award-winning government website development company, to assist them with this transformation. Through this partnership, the City gained access to the most innovative eGov technology available to local governments.
Vision Internet is the national leader in government website development with nearly 500 government, non-profit, and education clients across the US and Canada. Over the past 17 years, Vision Internet has been creating industry-defining websites for communities ranging in populations of less than 1,000 residents to more than 5 million. Widely recognized as the government website experts, the company has earned hundreds of prestigious industry awards for its unique websites.
A few key features of the new website include:
-Dynamic calendar system that allows users to easily add events to their personal Outlook, Google, or Yahoo calendars
-Cohesive, beautiful design unique to Pacific Grove and based on government website best practices
-Direct links to the Citys social media profile
-Mega menus, a Google-powered search bar and a quick link dropdown menus for navigation ease
Regardless of technical expertise, city staff members can update and manage the new website with ease because of the intuitive functionality of the visionCMS, noted Vision Internet Project Manager, Jason Schatz. The flowing design and simplistic accessibility is a perfect online continuation of Pacific Groves friendly, helpful small-town feel.
To optimize usability, an intuitive navigation system was put into place. The main navigation utilizes super menus that give site visitors a complete snapshot of up to three navigation levels. These menus share a wealth of well-organized content with a simple hover over the main menu.
In addition to improving the compatibility of the technology, the websites aesthetic design was also transformed to make citizens feel at home upon entering the site, continued Schatz. We’ve built a new dynamic homepage to share the latest and most important City information, as well as breath-taking photographs of the Pacific Grove community.
Other design improvements include scrolling information sections for upcoming events and meetings, as well as recent community news stories. Graphic icons draw site visitors to frequently visited pages such as the Pacific Grove Golf Links, emergency preparedness, and more.