City seeks input about new website

City seeks input about new website

 

The City of Jacksonville wants your comments about its new website design and the site’s overall functionality.

Launched in late February, www.beta.coj.net has a fresh design, streamlined navigation and a variety of new features that make it more user friendly for computers, tablets and mobile devices.

“I invite visitors to explore the beta site and send comments to our technology division,” said City Council Vice President Greg Anderson. “These improvements are the result of hard work and vision from our dedicated staff.”

The current city site, www.coj.net, remains in operation while the beta site undergoes testing and public review. Visitors to beta.coj.net can use the pages as they normally would on the current site to help test the new site’s functionality.

Comments about the new test site should be emailed to [email protected]. As a test site, some information on beta.coj.net may have inaccuracies or errors. Users seeking the most up-to-date content are encouraged to refer to the existing city website, www.coj.net.

“Beta.coj.net is an exciting work in progress, representing the best efforts of our Information Technologies Division, in collaboration with each of our city agencies, to offer a fresh, mobile-friendly experience to connect with city government online,” Mayor Alvin Brown said in a release.

The homepage includes primary search categories of government, living, business, visitors, online services and transparency, which is designed to give visitors more access to government events and meetings.

“We created the transparency page to deliver public records and open government information,” said David DeCamp, Brown’s director of communications.

In November, the Center for Digital Government ranked Jacksonville first in Florida and third nationally on its “Digital Cities” list for the effective use of technology to enhance city operations. In March 2014, the First Amendment Foundation rated it as the most transparent city website for public records in Florida.

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