New Centre County website launches Tuesday

mmorgan@centredaily.comFebruary 4, 2013 

People visiting the Centre County website Tuesday will see something they haven’t seen since 2008 — a redesign.

The complete overhaul will be more user friendly, there will be more content posting, and it will bring the website into the future, Commissioner Michael Pipe said.

Describing the current design as “web 1.0,” Pipe said the new design will move the county into a 2.0 structure and revolutionize the site. The cost of the change was about $50,000, but Pipe said it was worth the money.

“I really do think that its going to put us in another league,” he said.

The new site will include content from county officials, such as blog posts from commissioner meetings, and other county activity, as well as provide a platform for community feedback. It will include an events calendar page.

The URL will be changing from the current co.centre.pa.us to centrecountypa.gov, which Pipe said will be easier for users to remember. Emails to county officials still can be sent to the old domain.

Pipe said the crew working on the redesign, including county webmaster Bob Lucier and the new host company CivicPlus, looked at county government sites throughout the country to brainstorm what some of the best practices could be and decide what should be implemented in the site.

The county will have to pay CivicPlus an annual fee of $6,000, but Pipe said if the county stays with them for four years, there will be another redesign free of charge.

There is no set time when the website will launch and populate the internet completely. Pipe said he is hoping to see the changeover completed by noon, and said it will definitely be completed by 5 p.m.

Matt Morgan can be reached at 235-3928. Follow him on Twitter @MetroMattMorgan.

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