City plans to revamp its website


Evanston aldermen tonight are scheduled to approve a $55,000 contract with a California firm to redesign and host the city's website.

The city's current website was developed at a cost of $20,000 in 2010 and is hosted in-house by city staff.

Now looks like this: The City of Evanston website today.

The contractor, Vision Internet, was recommended by city staff after a review of proposals from 15 potential vendors.

In a memo to aldermen, Deputy City Manager Erika Storlie says Vision has done websites for cities across the country, including at least 11 in Illinois. Its price for the job was toward the low end of the range provided by other bidders, and it scored highest in an evaluation of the proposals.

The price also is toward the low end of costs for websites produced for seven other Chicago-area communities that city staff checked.

Or it might look like this: A Vision Internet website for Ames, Iowa.

One goal of the project is to update the website to work well on mobile devices. Another, Storlie says, is to increase reliability and security and let the city's information technology staff focus on other responsibilities.

Storlie says the city's website averages over 74,000 visitors and 260,000 page views a month.

Assuming the project stays on schedule, the new website could launch in October or November.

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