Delaware County has redesigned its website at co.delaware.oh.us.
Delaware County has redesigned its website at www.co.delaware.oh.us.
The site now is a responsive design, which means it can display correctly on a variety of screen sizes from mobile devices to desktop monitors.
Revamping the site was a 10-month project, a county press release said. The total project cost $155,000 and $160,000 was budgeted.
Staff members from the county commissioners' office and auditor's office worked with Buckeye Interactive, a New Albany-based firm, on the project.
Buckeye Interactive was among 13 companies that bid for the project last summer.
"All but one of the county's 32 separate departments, offices and agencies participated in the redesign," said Jane Hawes, the county director of communications. "Only the county's domestic-relations court, which began operating in 2017, did not participate because its 'microsite,' as the individual sites are called, was so new."
The project was complex, Hawes said, but it also inspired a high degree of cooperation among offices, allowing the county to present a more cohesive image and user experience.
The website is designed using WordPress, a platform for website design that uses open-source software and is used by organizations and businesses throughout the world. WordPress creates an end product that is user-friendly for visitors and those administrating the site, Hawes said.
"We had at least one person from each of these departments and offices who participated in the project," Hawes said. "This not only allowed them to have a voice in how their microsite was redesigned but also to learn how to manage and modify their own content in the future."
County Commissioner President Gary Merrell said he hopes the new site helps the county's residents and business owners feel more connected to their elected officials.
"Making it easier for all of us to communicate with each other can only help us continue to mold the county's present and future with smart-growth policies and practices," he said.
The redesigned website also features an expanded range of information about and links to websites for other organizations, resources and attractions in the county.
Founded in 2009, Buckeye Interactive has extensive experience with other civic organizations, including the city of Powell, the city of New Albany, Columbus Metropolitan Library and the village of Obetz.