For Immediate Release
December 3, 2012
Lake Country, BC – The District of Lake Country is pleased to announce the launch of a new municipal website featuring multi-media resources for the community including interactive Google maps of Parks, Trails & Facilities; video clips; downloadable reports and documents as well fillable, submitable pdf forms; and lots of beautiful photos.
The Lake Country municipal website needed a fresh look to be consistent with okanaganway.ca. The layout and design of the okanaganway website won a Gold International Creative Award which acknowledges the high-impact, visual website.
“We needed to address concerns that information was hard to find on the municipal site,” said Reyna Seabrook, Corporate Services Manager. “We researched the number of hits on each of our existing pages and looked at the top searches to determine what people were looking for. The overall layout of the site is intended to be more intuitive and less departmentalized to help improve the ability for visitors to find information.”
Some of the interactive and easy to use features:
• Quick Links on the municipal home page www.okanaganway.ca/municipal
• Streamlined text and easy to recognize links on all pages
• Resource information with links to other organizations and levels of government
• Interactive Google maps
• Inclusive Calendar of Events for community and Council events so that visitors can see all community information in one location
• Contact information throughout the site by topic so it is easy for visitors to interact with the appropriate staff members to get questions answered quickly.
One of the key elements in looking at a new site was the staff time and knowledge required to keep it up to date. Using WordPress with the beautiful design developed by Zappworx for okanaganway.ca makes it quick and easy to update this dynamic and continually evolving website. More content can be added anytime to meet community needs and interests. “I invite you to take a look at our newest YouTube video highlighting Life. The Okanagan Way. by clicking on the Media Room quick link from the municipal home page,” said Seabrook.
The next steps for the entire website will involve reviewing the layout of Okanaganway.ca and developing additional content for it in conjunction with the Economic Development Manager.
Internet users that have bookmarked our current website at www.lakecountry.bc.ca will immediately be forwarded to the new municipal site at www.okanaganway.ca/municipal.
For more information contact:
Reyna Seabrook, Corporate Services Manager, District of Lake Country
Tel 250-766-5650 or firstname.lastname@example.org