New city website under construction PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2014 09:41

By ELLY GRIMM

• Leader & Times

 

People attempting to access cityofliberal.org in the last few weeks have noticed the site has been unavailable.

The site was taken down due to security concerns, and the city was also informed the software being used would no longer support the website. IT Supervisor Tim Lunceford said it was an immediate decision to shut down the website and move everything over to the new software.

The last time the city’s website received an upgrade was in 2011. Lunceford said thus far, they are making progress even with the website’s massive size.

“Right now, we’re working on getting the individualized departments up and going, getting their pages created, all the existing documents are on the site,” Lunceford explained. “All of the existing content has been transferred over, it’s just making the transition from the old way things were done on the older software to the way the new software handles certain tasks.”

The website was shut down between the end of March and beginning of April. Currently, the notice on the website reads, “We are currently working on updating the site. We expect to be back online soon. Thank you for your patience. If you need to check employment opportunities, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and they will be glad to email you a current list of employment opportunities. If you need to check the pool hours, please contact Adventure Bay Family Water Park at 626-0187. For Recreation Information, please call 626-0134. For all other inquiries, please call 626-2204. Thank you for your patience!”

Indeed, Lunceford claimed the new website will be more user-friendly than the older version. One complaint in particular that Lunceford said he received was that it was hard to search for city codes via cityofliberal.org. Lunceford said searching for those codes will be easier with the new site.

“We’re trying to make it less complex to find what you need, and hopefully, we can accomplish that. For example you’ll have quick tidbits of stuff…we’ll have rates, trash service information, stuff like that.”

The site will also include Frequently Asked Questions right on the front page so people won’t have to hunt around the whole site, and contact information for employees will also be there along with photos of staff.

“It will be little things that will make a bigger impact,” he said.

While Lunceford hesitated to put a precise startup date on when the new site will be live, he hoped to have it up by August. Citizens will know roughly when the site is about to go live when they start seeing a countdown clock on the site.

“The site itself is going to be, hopefully, vastly improved over the old site. Some things are going to be simplified, some things are going to be greatly improved as far as functionality goes,” he said. “It was inevitable that we were going to need to update the website anyway...so now was as good a time as any to make the switch. It’s a daunting task to get it all done but it’s coming together.”

 
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