There’s a new look to the City of Vernon’s website at vernon.ca.

There’s a new look to the City of Vernon’s website at vernon.ca.

Vernon goes online with new website

The City of Vernon is hoping to leave its old image in the dust on the information highway

The City of Vernon is hoping to leave its old image in the dust on the information highway.

On Monday, the city unveiled a revised website at vernon.ca.

“It’s so visually appealing,” said Tanya Laing Gahr, communications officer.

Website redevelopment was approved by council in late 2014 and a budget of $125,000 was set aside. It’s believed the final product came in under $100,000.

“The old site was using outdated technology for formatting. Our staff understood the information on the site, but we were not presenting it in an effective way for residents to find and access,” said Laing Gahr.

There are several new features on the website, including interactive maps, image gallery and improved search functions.

“The idea is to have two to three-click navigation to find the information you are looking for,” said Laing Gahr.

“People will find what they are looking for with greater ease.”

Residents can also subscribe to receive aleerts on upcoming city meetings, career opportunities and news releases.

Separate websites for recreation and economic development have been rolled into vernon.ca.

“Council wanted to focus on economic development and tourism so there is increased focus on that,” said Laing Gahr.

Victoria-based Upanup Design Studios redeveloped the website and photographs were taken by Vernon’s Sproing Creative.

“They really tell the story of Vernon,” said Laing Gahr of the images.

The site also incorporates the city’s new Activate Life brand.