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Weld County updates website with goal of improving user experience

Cost breakdown

Weld County officials recently launched a new website they say will make it easier for residents and business owners to access information. Here’s what it took to make the new site a reality:

» $28,000 — One-time cost for installation and project management

» $73,200 — One-time cost for web content management and software

» $84,000 — One-time cost to migrate main county website and 17 other sites, including DA and Sheriff sites.

» $39,000 — Projected ongoing maintenance costs, per year, for 2017-20.

Weld County residents and others interested in the business of the county will have a new way of keeping tabs, as the county recently launched a new website months in the making.

The new website went live Saturday morning, marking the largest web update for the county since 2009.

The redesign process, completed by Civic Live, took six months, and cost the county $185,200, including one-time software costs and one-time costs associated with migrating 17 county sites to the new design. The county projects ongoing maintenance to cost $39,000 per year.

The project was paid for using innovation funds out of the county's 2016 budget.

The first thing users might notice is the website is no longer http://www.co.weld.co.us.com. Instead, the new website is simply http://www.weldgov.com.

The new site is supposed to perform better for users on a variety of operating systems and platforms, and it uses more visual elements and provides an easier method for doing what users need to do online.

The menu bar at the top of the page organizes information contained on the site, and there is a list of quick links lower on the page designed to help users navigate more quickly. There also is a drop-down menu called "How do I" that gives users a new way to find information and services, and the county added a Google search function to help make searching for information easier.

The Weld County spokeswoman said the county's main goal was to make the site more user friendly.

Commissioners agreed.

"We are excited about the new improvements," Board of Weld County Commissioners Chairwoman Julie Cozad said in a news release. "Our web team has been working diligently on this project, and I think users will be pleased with the new interface."

The county's website received 2.2 million page views in 2016, according to analytics from the county.

Of the 17 sites set to migrate to the new website, only three have migrated so far: the county website and the sheriff and district attorney websites. County officials expect to have the rest moved over by summer.

— Tyler Silvy covers city and county government for The Greeley Tribune. Reach him at tsilvy@greeleytribune.com. Connect with him at Facebook.com/TylerSilvy or @TylerSilvy on Twitter.