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Does the Monrovia City Website Need a Makeover?

The city plans to pay Mad Haus Creative $21,600 to host and redesign Monrovia's website.

The Monrovia city website will soon have a new look.

The City Council will consider a proposal Tuesday to hire graphic design company Mad Haus Creative to host and redesign Monrovia's website. The contract would pay the company $21,600, of which $9,600 will go toward the redesign.

The firm has contracted with the city to operate its website for years, according to a city council agenda report.

"The firm did the design and construction work on the current city website and currently assists in administering and maintaining the site on a near-daily basis, as well as providing hosting and problem response services," the report states.

The contract does not specify how long the redesign will take or when it will be implemented.

The website in its current form was by the "Latin Hack Team," which took the site over and displayed a message calling for the curbing of global warming.

Sarah Farmer Earll June 30, 2012 at 03:18 PM
gotta agree with DSN Bob. Good design is expensive, and a good web designer is hard to find. The remainder of the contract is only $1000 per month (if that's for a year), which seems like a reasonable expense. The current website is cumbersome, difficult to find anything. It's the first face of the city to web visitors, so we should put our best face forward.
Gayle M. Montgomery July 01, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Betty's a sharp gal, of that there is no question. The problem is that website production is one thing, system maintenance is another altogether. It's a question of who hosts the servers, what the site licenses, who is educated enough on the software to make future enhancements. The site could use some improvement. It is not as interactive, participative, and intuitive as I might like. Clearly, it is great to have, but it could be improved, and information protection, as in data security, are critical in enhancements to avoid breaches to public data and services.
John Rizzi July 01, 2012 at 08:27 PM
The expense isnt out of line as web development goes, but I do question the need. The redesign isnt really needed in my opinion. The site is easy to navigate and searchable. I think its a solid hub for info... As far as design goes, everybody has a different opinion. The current tech is Joomla! and it is fast and works well. as a taxpayer, I think we $$ave the redesign and manage what we have unless we are looking at a major productivity gain of city staff by redesigning the site. my 2cents
Gayle M. Montgomery July 04, 2012 at 06:15 AM
I just finished watching the Council meeting on this and wanted to interject that the website should have direct links to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and an Instagram page where citizens can share pictures of our community vis a vis the Gem City Images guy who does such a great page. With respect to eCommerce, which I believe is much needed, there is the cost of credit card fees and security of transactions to be considered. If the City already accepts these cards, it shouldn't be a big deal, but there is a cost of money associated, and it becomes hyper prudent to insure information protection is in place. Watching City Council meetings as Joe asked and Tom corrected, would require significant bandwidth in the volume of meeting time and number of viewers. But other, shorter videos or presentations could be included.
Kate K. July 08, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Yes, the website definitely needs a make-over. NO, NO, NO, the city should NOT be hiring yet another professional public contractor to do this job. We have Citrus College students as well as Mt. Sierra students right here in town who, for a simple piece-work contract and a low stipend, could make a 500% improvement in the Monrovia website in 8 weeks time. It could even be someone's degree thesis project. Website restructuring and security are not "rocket-science".

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