County of Warner set to go surf­ing

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS - Demi Knight SOUTH­ERN AL­BERTA NEWS­PA­PERS - WARNER

County of Warner ad­min­is­tra­tors are hop­ing to make surf­ing the web eas­ier for the com­mu­nity this year with their newly-up­dated web­site.

Cre­at­ing a more user-friendly space that can be eas­ily ac­cessed from all de­vices, the County of Warner of­fi­cially launched their new web­site to the world last month.

“The last time our web­site was up­dated was quite a few years ago,” says Tyler Nel­son, GIS/GPS Co­or­di­na­tor for the County of Warner.

“Dur­ing that time, in­dus­try stan­dards changed for websites and a need for mo­bile-friendly websites be­came very ev­i­dent. Eighty per cent of web­site views are done now on iPhones and tablets so we also re­ally wanted to do a re­fresh for our own web­site to in­cor­po­rate this as­pect.”

Last up­dated al­most eight years ago, the County of Warner’s web­site had grown out­dated to the new wave of tech­nol­ogy that is be­com­ing more and more preva­lent within to­day’s so­ci­ety.

From smart­phones to iPads and tablets, many of these new forms of tech­nol­ogy make older websites harder to nav­i­gate for the user and was a large com­po­nent in the County de­cid­ing they finally needed an up­date to their mu­nic­i­pal web­site.

Hop­ing to stay current with the times, the new web­site for the com­mu­nity is now eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble from any device and sim­plis­ti­cally easy to use for peo­ple of all ages.

But it wasn’t only tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances that prompted the county to re­vamp their on­line pres­ence but also the hope to make in­for­ma­tion on the com­mu­nity eas­ier to find as well as adding ser­vice re­quest op­tions on­line for the pub­lic to take ad­van­tage of.

“This new web­site should also make it eas­ier to ac­cess in­for­ma­tion as we’ve worked on con­sol­i­dat­ing in­for­ma­tion into sin­gle pages in­stead of mul­ti­ple, and added the op­tion for peo­ple to add ser­vice re­quests through the web­site to dif­fer­ent depart­ments in the county,” Nel­son added.

Also in­cluded in the newly re­mod­elled web­site’s home­page is a quick links sec­tion that of­fers users fast ac­cess to ar­eas such as plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment, assess­ment and tax­a­tion, pub­lic works, by­laws and more.

The web­site is also home to a ban­ner that spans the length of the page of­fer­ing im­por­tant no­tices such as fire and road bans in ef­fect, meet­ing min­utes, a staff di­rec­tory and the afore­men­tioned e-ser­vices re­quest.

The new web­site which be­gan de­vel­op­ment in the fall of 2017, was cre­ated for the county with the help of All-net, a com­pany that spe­cial­izes in the cre­ation of mu­nic­i­pal websites that has worked on other south­ern Al­berta com­mu­ni­ties’ on­line pres­ences such as the Town of Ray­mond. And Nel­son added that so far the re­ac­tions have been great.

“We be­gan work­ing with the All-net com­pany last fall and fin­ished the en­tire thing this year, finally launch­ing it this March.”

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