- Published on Saturday, 01 September 2012 00:10
- Written by Super User
The Town of Carolina Beach is requesting proposals to redesign their website.
By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - The Town of Carolina Beach is requesting proposals from qualified firms with a proven website design resume to re-design their website. The "request for proposals" (RFP) was issued on the Town's website earlier this month.
The RFP says the current website at www.carolinabeach.org was designed in 2003 with "navigation needs to be simplified." In 2003, the website was quite advanced considering the the technology of today that makes many websites easier to build and maintain wasn't available or as easy to implement. Until recently, over the years the issue of redesigning the site never became an important issue for previous administrations.
The Town will provide a Website Committee comprised of Town staff, examples of what they view as a successful website layout and insight on what the Town is looking for in a new website.
They will also provide coordination of Town resources and staff to provide support during planning and development and input on functionality developed through interviews with all Town Departments. Sealed proposals must be received no later than 5 p.m. Friday, September 21, 2012 via mail or hand delivery.
No mention of email delivery.
Objectives of the new site include among other things, "Provide accurate, current, comprehensive information to the Town of Carolina Beach’s audiences, in a visually appealing, user-friendly way" and, "Make it easier for all audiences to interact with the Town of Carolina Beach." Also, "Move transactions online, for citizens, visitors and businesses to provide convenience for users and convenience and efficiency for the Town of Carolina Beach."
There's also a focus on social media such as Facebook to interact with visitors. The Town of Kure Beach just opened their new website. The Kure Beach Council approved spending $16,900 to hire a firm to totally redesign their older website in place for a number of years and maintained by Town personnel.
Examples of websites included in the RFP include:
• Town of Chapel Hill, NC (www.townofchapelhill.org)
• City of Southport, NC (www.cityofsouthport.com)
• City of Washington, NC (www.washingtonnc.gov)
One requirement of the RFP states, "A way to add, edit and move content directly on an assigned webpage without the need to utilize or be trained on a back-end administrative system." And also, " Quick and easy access to add and update calendar listings, with editing methods available through a direct, front-end interface or a robust back-end interface."
And, "Trained content creators of the content management system shall have access to live support via e-mail or phone during vendor’s normal business hours."