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Credit where due - the City web site has improved

Original post made by Terry on Jan 27, 2008

The PA City web site ( improved. The Google site search is fast and fairly useful. You can also find many/most pages through a regular Google search, without hitting dead links. And more content seems to be accessible.

This is a big improvement from the initial release. One can still argue about whether this is an improvement from the former site, whether we overpaid for it, and if there were mistakes in how it was built. But I tip my cap to the those responsible in the city for listening and taking steps to improve on the initial effort. Thank you.

Comments (6)

Posted by Joanna, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jan 27, 2008 at 2:59 pm

You are right. Any improvement done to the site (it couldn't get worse) is welcome.

A crime was still committed however.

$500,000.00 for a website (functional or not) is nothing to overlook.

The State's Attorney needs, according to the aide that I called, more "complaints" from the public. Working on that.

Posted by Fireman, a resident of another community
on Jan 27, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Who care's...

Posted by Cant find, a resident of Southgate
on Jan 27, 2008 at 5:12 pm

Maybe there is some improvement. It's not obvious.
I just put into the search box City Council Agenda, the simplest most current subject I could think of.
It sent me to a list of several more or less related items. I decided to give up.
The logic is flawed. Everything is indirect.
Why do we need FEATURES on the home page? Is this a commercial site where we need to entice people to click on items?
It is written by business people who don't know how a city web site is used.

Posted by Terry, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 27, 2008 at 5:19 pm

Hmm, not sure what is going on, CF. I put in "City Council Agenda" and got a pretty good results page - a boxed result at the top with "Review City, Boards and Commission Agendas and Minutes" which led to a custom page just for minutes, and then a list of regular results below led by "City of Palo Alto Website - City Council Agendas/Minutes". So it worked pretty good for me.

I tend to agree it has a "glitz" factor that I don't particularly like. But there may be an intended audience of outsiders (home buyers and businesses) that may find it more appealing.

Posted by Cant find, a resident of Southgate
on Jan 27, 2008 at 9:15 pm

Four clicks to get to the top meeting in the city government doesn't sound good to me. If you search for a specific agenda it should go to a list of that body's agendas.
The glitz factor (also known as dumbing down) is exactly what is inappropriate for Palo Alto or any municipal web site.

Posted by janette, a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 29, 2008 at 12:47 pm

It's still horrible looking, and hard on older eyes.

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