Glen Carbon launches new website

To modernize its place on the web and attract more residents and visitors, Glen Carbon officials plan to unveil a new website for the village on Monday.

“I’ve gotten to the end of things, but the new site will be more user-friendly and look better,” said communications manager Nicole Dicks. “So far it’s been a pleasure working with the Civics Plus team and they seem very knowledgeable. I know the Mayor wants to surprise everyone with the new look. Simply put, our 2009 website is doing makeover.”

Civic Plus, a web development company headquartered in Manhattan, Kansas, is a service used by several municipalities in the area, including Edwardsville. CivicPlus has hosted the current village site since 2010 and its current format dates from 2013.

The relaunch should update the outdated visual design of the website. The site will keep the same backend design, but the website will have a new “skin”, or what users will see.

One of the features of the new site will be AudioEye, which allows the site to be Americans with Disabilities Act compliant, which the current site is not.

Currently, the site is adapted to the old 4:3 web format, not the current 16:9 format. When viewed on a current monitor, the site shows large amounts of wasted space, especially at its borders. Links to social networks have been added to the site since June 2021.

Dicks said there may be disruptions to users’ experiences of the website after Monday’s launch, but “this is common and we will work diligently with Civics Plus to resolve anything that arises. We appreciate the everyone’s patience as this transition occurs.”

Mayor Bob Marcus said CivicPlus will own the design, while the Village will own the web address, or URL, and content at the end of the contract.

A price tag for the update was not readily available in time for release.

Former mayor Robert Jackstadt said three years ago that the village’s old website, before 2010, had only one page. Jackstadt, who opted not to appear for reflection in 2021, previously discussed the website redesign in his “Glen Carbon: 2039” plan.

In August 2019, administrator Mark Foley made a presentation on the website about the need for a website redesign.

In the summer of 2021, various administrators suggested changes or updates. Ideas offered ranged from the need for branding and a theme to more interactive capabilities for residents and better use of photos.

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