With more residents surfing the Internet, the City of Vernon is trying to improve the experience.
Council has adopted a new design for the city website and it should be completed by Dec. 22.
“We want to do a better job of communicating with residents,” said Tanya Laing Gahr, communications co-ordinator.
“We want to make sure the usability of the website is improved.”
The revised site will be broken down into categories where a variety of information can be found. They include activities/events, business, homes and building, government services, parks and recreation and transportation.
The design option that has been approved provides significant text, but a second option was preferred by Coun. Brian Quiring because it’s more visual.
“Option A looks like a government site and option B looks like a marketing/shopping site. It’s youthful,” he said, adding that the second design would be easier to navigate on mobile devices.
Support for option B also came from Coun. Dalvir Nahal.
“It’s user-friendly, warm and inviting. If there’s too much writing, you get discouraged,” she said of searching a site.
However, the rest of council backed option A.
“Option B reminded me of some of the early 2000s websites that we’re trying to be trendy,” said Coun. Scott Anderson, adding that familiar systems are critical for many seniors using websites.
“There are a great number of people who don’t navigate a mobile device. Option A has a broader appeal.”