Portsmouth Unveils Early Version of Website Makeover [March 28, 2017]
By Jeff McMenemy
PORTSMOUTH — City IT manager Alan Brady is scheduled to update the City Council on Monday about the ongoing effort to redesign the city’s website.
Brady said the launch of the new website is still months away. Work on the project started in February.
“I would hope it will be ready by the beginning of August to mid-August, definitely before the start of the new school year,” Brady said. “We’re in the six-month period of reaching out to departments, creating the designs and working with everybody.”
On Tuesday he shared a “wire frame” of the new site, which he described as a “pre-design of what the website could look like.” The wire frame features a picture of Portsmouth’s waterfront at the top of the homepage, next to a list of the particular day’s meetings. Underneath that there’s a place for any important alerts, which is designed for things like school closings or snow emergencies, Brady said.
“We can run the alert over the main page and run it over the sub pages, too,” he said.
Further down the home page is a section tentatively called “Word of (Ports)mouth,” which Brady said will focus on new news or information.
There’s also a calendar section, which city officials hope will include community events along with a list of permits and a section to address frequently asked questions.