ONTARIO — Locals will be greeted with a new look from the City of Ontario’s website on Monday, as city officials will be relaunching the site with a brand new look.
According to a press release from Ontario City Manager Adam Brown, the city’s website will be down shortly on Monday for the domain change and general maintenance. The website will continue to be www.ontariooregon.org.
According to Brown, the new website was primarily created by Peter Hall, human resources manager and assistant to Brown. Hall said he got involved in the new website project in November, with the new site getting the green light in December.
However, he said, the new website has been a long time coming for Ontario.
“As far as finding a new website, it’s been years,” Hall said.
Hall was the primary site builder, using a website building program and making all changes with help from the website committee.
The first thing most new website users will notice is the color palette is now changed. The city will be ditching the classic mustard yellow website theme color to go with white and dark green. But also, the site will have large images on it showing all the different sides of Ontario.
“That [mustard yellow color] is behind us now,” Hall said, laughing. “... There is so much color in this city and we want to show that off. So we’re going to have big, high-quality pictures to stand out on the site.”
Hall said the new website will have the ability to run live polls as well as video and audio capabilities. Also they can run blog posts, meaning the city can send out news alerts and city updates faster.
“It’s outdated,” Hall said of the current website. “On the current site there are not a lot of ways to push out our messages and we needed to really improve that communication. We really need a solid home base. Like, our Facebook page has been good for getting things out but we really needed a stronger home base.”
According to Hall, the new website will be saving the city some money every year as it’s a “cost-effective site,” something Brown reiterated in his release.
And anyone who needs to use the Ontario website and might be worried about finding certain things (like how to pay bills) need not worry, Hall said.
“The great thing about the website is that it’s user-friendly,” he said. Hall said he will be making tutorial videos for how to navigate the new website which will be posted on the city’s Facebook page.
“Especially with those most-used things, we want to make sure that people are moving comfortably,” he said.
The site will have a “Find a Form” page where one can find any sort of city government form they might need.
Hall said the new website is part of the City of Ontario making an effort to reach more and more people. He said they are planning to start a Youtube channel and an Instagram account in the near future.