On April 22, 2009, I forwarded this information to Bruce Hudson and Eddie Clark:
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Date: Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 3:54 PM
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Hi, Mayor Valley. Thanks for the contact.
We provide several types of services including web sites and web hosting, domain name registration and maintenance, and email service. We also have the capabilities to roll out custom web-based applications and data storage.
Narrowing it down to web site development, we're in the process of kicking off a program providing web sites with a low cost-of-entry to help communities and other organizations who don't want to pay the usually high price of regular web developers. The "catch" to the program, if you will, is that we provide a set of templates from which to select a design rather than designing the site from scratch - which is normally where a good portion of web site development fees come from. That being said, the selection is fairly wide and changes often as we come across better designs we can include.
Besides that program, we can also do the same custom web site work that others offer. There's also a "catch" here, too: it costs more because of the additional time involved in building from the ground up. That's not a different practice from standard web dev companies, but it might help make a decision.
Here are some links to examples of the low-cost sites currently under development. Have a look at them and let me know if I can provide more information. Feel free to call the phone number in my signature if you'd like to know more.
1. Arkansas Recycling Coalition. This site is just about to go live. Premium level low-cost package with some custom enhancements.
2. EAPDD. Our new site is nearing completion. Custom site built on top of a hybrid Basic/Enhanced low-cost package.
3. Dyess. Just signed up and is early in the build process. Enhanced level package with customizations for their branding.
East Arkansas Planning & Development District
PO Box 1403
2905 King St
Jonesboro, AR, USA 72403
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Here's my communication with Cotton Rohrscheib on Facebook:
James to Cotton:
GIVE ME THE SKINNY ON A CITY WEB PAGE. YOUR NAME HAS COME UP A COUPLE OF TIMES DURING THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING. WHAT I NEED IS SOME SUGGESTIONS ABOUT HOW TO AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT GETTING A CITY OF HELENA-WEST HELENA WEB SITE.
Cotton to James:
Hey Man - What we need to probably do is to sit down and discuss what all the project needs to entail. Is it going to be an information portal, who all is going to be in charge of content management, what all departments do you have that will be a part of the website, etc.
From there we need to look at some obvious requirements, RSS feed, Atom Publishing, Document Management, Standards Compliance, etc. We probably need to select a platform also that's scalable, I have two that I recommend that are both very versatile.
We also probably need to discuss the managed hosting, compliance for hosting, backups, redundancy, etc. Another issue that's pretty important also is city wide emails, are these being backed up in a way that's satisfactory, are they secure, do they have spam control, virus blocking, etc.
In terms of the website, it can also be used as a way to promote the city instead of just a way to get news, agendas, meeting minutes, etc. to the public.
In another vein, we also have the ability to plug in streaming video for council meetings online and on demand viewing of council meetings for those that are not able to attend. We pulled off a succesful campaign this past weekend at The Church Alive in Conway where we streamed the services and had over 1500 poeple tune in via the web. This type of technology is very cost effective and can really help to show that H-WH is taking some steps toward embracing technology.
I would love to come down and speak w/ you guys some time or do so over the phone, either way. There are some things that need to be taken into consideration also pertaining the city website that I can probably best address in person. For instance, the website does not need to be a static website, it needs to be dynamic and database driven. It also needs to have a content management system built in so that whoever is tasked with updating the site doesn't have to learn html or php, etc. It also needs to be open source technology, etc.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you are going to have to be aware of americans with disabilities act, and your website should be coded in a manner that blind readers can easily access your website and have the information read to them through their readers, google the target consumer class action lawsuit sometime, this is partly why this is important.