Saturday, March 10, 2007

City website redesigned...again

Remember how much you all disliked the city's redesigned website when it was unveiled last July? Well, maybe the city was listening to you. They've redesigned the website again...check it out.

It still isn't the most attractive city website I've come across, but it is a bit of an improvement over the last version. Really, the only major difference is that now the city has implemented drop-down menus instead of the horrible navigation system they used to have.

They could still use some new pictures. Those images look squashed and faded. Also, wouldn't it make more sense to show some of this city's major attractions and historic buildings instead of a bad picture of University Park or a picture of the Chester Fritz Library in which the building is almost totally covered with frosty vegetation? They could clearly find some better pictures.

What do you guys think of the new website design?

Update - 3/10/2007 - 9:15 PM
Oh, I just realized that the website shows a different group of pictures each time the site is loaded. I hadn't noticed that before...

Update - 3/10/2007 - 9:25 PM
It looks like the city is going to start uploading videos of council meetings to their website...click here.

7 comments:

ben said...

Hey - I would say that is a major improvement. Actually good pictures of the community that don't look like they were taken on a cell phone camera. Much easier navigation, too.

webmasterzero said...

I think it looks great. A vast improvement over the previous version of the GF City Gov WS.

Libertas said...

I am still not impressed. While the graphic across the top is impressive and the news section on the left is very nice, the navigation, while practical, is very web 1.0.

I give it a 2.5 out of 5. Try again City of Grand Forks.

JGS said...

Definitely a big improvement.

GrandForksGuy said...

Am I the only one who thinks some of this pics at the top are squashed, faded, and blurry? A few of them are ok, but some don't look so good to me.

JGS said...

Yes, GFG, I see it too. I guess it's nothing to really complain about. This design is an improvement but still not top of the line like it should be for our city.

wolfgf said...

A big improvement, but still about 5 years old. The site could easily be made more dynamic and reflective of the city itself.