Not long after I wrote about how the City of Yarra website is out of date and out of touch, it announced that it is planning to upgrade its site. I must be some kind of IT psychic.
Anyway, here’s the text of the email I wrote them on 9 June 2009:
I have written an analysis of the City of Yarra website here:
The comment made by another user may be particularly helpful.
To summarise, I suggest:
- design for all browsers, not just outdated versions of IE
- use a modern content management system like WordPress, not whatever antiquated platform currently used
- use interactive tools, such as a calendar that can accept user input and provide data output eg google calendar
- publish syndicated content via RSS or Atom, especially for press releases, news, events etc
- provide convenient tools for community consultation and participation, eg forum, wiki
- online submissions and payments for all interactions with council
- integrate maps
Finally, you could hire someone like me that knows how to do all this. LOL…
I’m currently working on a post comparing all the inner city local government websites. The City of Yarra is far behind most other local government sites. I’m curious to what it does. I predict they won’t adopt many of my suggestions. I anticipate that they will use a horrid inflexible CMS like Drupal or Joomla with no interactive features and no RSS feeds.