Website more user-friendly

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A new-look Waitaki District Council website has been launched and is proving popular with residents around the district.

The website went live early on Wednesday morning and is vastly different from council’s old website, both in terms of its look and layout.

Waitaki District Council website administrator Michael White said the site had been designed to reflect the needs of visitors more effectively.

“The site reflects how people interact with council and is a lot faster to navigate and find specific information such as rates information.

“The site has also been designed for mobile devices and tablets which make up about 30% of website users.

“Our website will be continuously developed and improved rather than being built from scratch every few years.”

The site took about five months to build, using in-house expertise and the council’s existing technology.

Mr White said there had been a few teething problems, but they had been rectified quickly.

“We wanted to build a site that can be enriched in the future to provide additional access to council’s services and information.

“We did, however, experience some difficulties making data available to the public whilst maintaining security and data integrity.

“The site has been performing very well and we’re finding that people’s bookmarks from the old site have now been moved. We are regularly monitoring errors and providing solutions as they arise.”

Council staff were having problems accessing the site, however that had been resolved.

Mr White said initial reactions to the site had been encouraging.

“There has been overwhelmingly positive feedback about the new site. It is much simpler to navigate. Having a test site for two months to get feedback allowed the public to provide feedback and make changes before the website went live.”