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Saturday, 17 June 2017 08:36


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ELLY GRIMM

• Leader & Times



Many parts of Liberal are seeing some upgrades, and now, there will be some upgrades for the Economic Development Department with the City of Liberal. 

During the most recent meeting of the Liberal City Commission Tuesday evening, the commission approved some upgrades for the Economic Development Department’s ChooseLiberal.com web site. 

“There’s actually going to be a couple different things. One’s the content management system, we’re going to change that, and that will allow us to make our own changes to the web site,” Economic Development Director Jeff Parsons said. “So if we want to add a page or change the format of a page or something like that, we’ll be able to do that ourselves as opposed to hiring someone to do that for us. In the long  run, that should save us some money, and this should also help with us doing some changes we had wanted to do in the past but were unable to because of costs and some other factors, so now we should be able to do that. The other upgrade we’re going to be doing will help re-scale the web size to fit on multiple devices from extremely large monitors to the screen on a tablet or smartphone. Right now, it doesn’t necessarily do that, so this will allow that to happen. It’s not an app, it just helps with that re-scaling.”

While these upgrades will be more behind the scenes, Parsons said overall, there will be several benefits of these changes being made. 

“The main thing city staff gets out of this is we will be able to make changes too, and this is just for ChooseLiberal.com,” Parsons said. “We’ll be able to make our own changes when we need to, like if we want to dedicate a page to highlighting all the construction going on around town, we can do that ourselves as opposed to having the company who runs the web site doing that and billing us for it. That’s what we get with this, the ability to make those changes ourselves.”

Parsons also said it was simply time for these upgrades to be made by the city staff. 

“It needs to be done, particularly the resizing of the web site for the different devices,” Parsons said. “So many more people now will access it on their smartphones or tablet and not necessarily sit down at a computer, so we want to make sure all those people can access the web site. That one makes sense, and any time we can save some money doing updates, that’s great, and that way it helps us do what we want ourselves in the future.”

The total cost of these upgrades will be $6,440, to be funded with the marketing line of the Economic Development portion of the 1-cent sales tax. Overall, Parsons said he is looking forward to the changes being made. 

“We can make changes to the site more often than we’ve been able to before, which will allow us to be more flexible with what we want to emphasize,” Parsons said. “That, to us, will be a very good thing, so we’re looking forward to that.”

 

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