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DHS optimizes website for mobile

DHS optimizes website for mobile

In response to steadily increasing smartphone use, the Department of Homeland Security has revamped its website to make it more mobile friendly. 

In 2015, over 22 percent of visitors to DHS.gov accessed the website via cell phone or tablet, DHS said.  While the website was originally optimized for desktops, the new modifications make it compatible with tablets and smartphones, “making it easier to get the information you need – wherever you are – in the format appropriate for your device,” DHS said.

According to a DHS spokesperson, frequently requested pages include the National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin, Freedom of Information Act Request Submission Forms, “How Do I…?” information, press releases and blog posts.

DHS also has several resources with important information that can be utilized by a number of individuals from basic citizens to emergency officials.  The new mobile-friendly format eases viewing resources such as the Emergency Communications page, the Active Shooter Preparedness, Emergency Services Sector Resources and Resources for Fusion Centers, a spokesperson stated.    

Other changes to DHS.gov include reformatting over 9,000 pages to simplify presentation, updating slideshows and image carousels and optimizing for faster and more accurate results from internal and external search engines. 

According to the Pew Research Center, almost two thirds of Americans own smartphones, and 10 percent use their mobile devices as their primary way to access the Internet. States are also adapting to smartphone users by making more services such as secure payment available to citizens through mobile applications. 

Posted by Mark Pomerleau on Jun 07, 2016 at 2:06 PM


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