It is best to think of a municipal website as no more than an extension of your department. Whatever people can get by visiting your office (with a few exceptions) they should be able to get online, 24 hours a day. These may include applications, forms, regulations, procedures, programs, notices, minutes, bylaws, etc. Over time, you should see phone calls and foot traffic reduced as some of their basic needs are met, freeing up some of your time for other needs.
So, it is important you try to place as much useful information onto your site as you can. You provide the information to us - we build the pages and create all of the internal navigation for visitors to find it. This is a three process.
Step One: Department Survey
We need some basic information about your department – names, contact info, staff members, etc. Please click on the following link and fill out this survey between now and your meeting. [NOTE: We will be able to revise all the information on this survey, when necessary].
Step Two: Start Thinking About Content
Within each department we place all of the useful information (applications, forms, regulations, explanations, etc,) in a section called “Additional Links”. As you start to think about these links, it may be helpful to view the following:
a. The New Website: We have started to build your new site and have started to load some suggested “Additional Links” for most departments. Please click on the following link, then find your department listing to become familiar with what your page will look like and to view these suggested links.
Deerfield, NH - New Website [NOTE: You may want to “bookmark” this site or put it into your “FAVORITES” folder so you can refer back to it in the weeks ahead]
b. Your Current Website: Take a look at your current website to see what specific information you want us to bring over the new site and what information you may want to update.
c. Other Municipal Websites: It is often good practice to see what other municipalities offer their constituents online.
Visit other sites: CLICK HERE to sample sites across the state.
Step Three: Send Us Your Content
Over the next few weeks send us the actual information to support each of these “Additional Links”.
1) Submit text you want to display on your department's website in electronic form (for example Word documents, Excel documents, attachments to emails).
2) You may want to enable visitors to your site to link to outside websites. If so, please send the URL (address) of those other sites.
3) Submit documents that you'd like to remain unchanged, such applications, in PDF format.
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