Austin puts a new shine on old website

The city of Austin, Texas, has launched its long overdue updated official website,, for citizens, reports

Nearly 10 years in the making, the website was put on hold due to management changes and budget restraints, according to Chris Florance, the city’s Web content manager.

The site now includes a new navigation system, applications, feedback tab, search function, flash images, and news well, all geared toward creating a more user-friendly experience, the article said. The city’s management also ensured that was readily accessible to users through their mobile devices.

And an open-source platform was chosen to allow the site to evolve as new technologies emerge and new data becomes available, as well as to be able to share lessons learned.

For a comparison of the new and old homepages, courtesy of, click here.

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