|Van Wert County website getting a face lift|
|Friday, July 04, 2014 8:00 PM|
BY ED GEBERT
DHI Media Editor
VAN WERT — Van Wert County will soon be getting a new look, but it will not be visible to the naked eye, no matter where in the county you live. The update will be online.
Van Wert County’s website, vanwertcounty.org, is in the midst of an overhaul. The new look of the website is coming soon.
“We’re 80-85 percent ready,” said Van Wert County Economic Development Director Sarah Smith. “I’m thinking that if we can get everything that we need, we can launch it in the next week.”
The new site will give a fresh look to the site which has been basically unchanged for the past several years.
“The goal is being more modern, more user-friendly. It does have added information, especially as an economic development tool, you have to showcase your county, what we have, quality-of-life items, community photos, so people can come to a website that is going to get them everywhere they need to go,” explained Smith.
The decision to update the county’s site goes back prior to February. The county commissioners began meeting with potential vendors about the change in February. Maverick Media of Delphos and Lima were selected, and meetings with that company began in March. Since that time, design work for the site has been ongoing, and each county office has been questioned about changes in content for the update. It will be a one-stop shop for anyone wanting information about the county from near or far. Some of the departments will have pages on the site itself with information. Other departments will have links to their current sites which are already tied in to the information to be provided.
According to Smith, there will be pages or links to pages for county offices, townships, villages, and services. Near to Smith’s heart is the chance to put all helpful information about Van Wert County in one place. That will help with economic development efforts for businesses out of the immediate area. Also to be linked is the soon-to-debut Van Wert Works website, which will list local jobs for those looking for employment.
“We will have a link to the Van Wert Works website on the county website so that people looking to move back home or to the area for the first time can go right to the county website and link them to the job postings,” announced Smith. “Hopefully that site will be launched sometime in July.”
Gathering changes in page content is the task to finish up next week.
“It will still be a website under construction in parts where we’re still waiting to get content from places or adding features, but I think our website will be a work in progress all the time where we can update things as we need,” Smith stated.
Van Wert County Recorder Kim Hughes is one of the elected officials reviewing old pages and preparing for the change. “There’s not too much different for me,” she admitted. “I reviewed the content, and there aren’t a lot of new parts for us. But I’m excited that it’s got a new look, and I know they’ve been doing a lot of hard work on it. I have to review our records to see if there is anything else that we could add.”