DIY Government Redesign Revolution

This session is about creating a better website without having huge startup costs and development time. Using Joomla! we developed an architecture that can easily be applied to other government or non-profit sites. This foundation will provide you with a highly extensible CMS that is responsive, flexible, affordable, and user friendly.

In developing our information architecture and researching best practices from award winning government websites, we noticed a lot of uniformity. This allowed us to develop a county architecture that was comprehensive, along with a flexible design template that can provide a consistent user experience.

Learn how easy it is to empower yourself to make government better, how to get buy-in from management, dealing with pitfalls, and what we learned as we rolled out our new website.

Key Takeaways

- Web redesign can be affordable without sacrificing quality.
- Empower yourself to provide better services, own the content, free up resources for better user engagement.
- Good enough is sometimes better than great especially when it is consistent and easy to use.

Kate Spencer

Kate Spencer joined Travis County in 2012 as a webmaster. She has worked in technology and communications for the past decade. Kate is a sixth generation Texan and received her B.A. from Trinity University.

Chris Stangland

Chris Stangland has been working in web design and development since the dark ages, and has been working for Travis County, Texas since the only slightly less dark ages. After all this time he still believes in the power of the web as a transformative, playfield-levelling tool for change in government. Chris grew up on the east coast but the lure of easy living got him to Austin quickly. He formerly worked for HarperCollins Publishers, as well as a host of internet startups.

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