Avon Lake has a new and improved website. It went online June 16 and is based on the one designed for the city’s bicentennial celebration in 2018-19, said Barb Cagley, Avon Lake digital media director.

Design and graphic work was done in house, Cagley said. Avon Lake software company Emerge Inc. completed necessary programming. The project cost was $14,800.

“We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback,” Cagley said, though she added most of that praise is coming from internal users. She expressed confidence the public will begin to appreciate the new site.

The new website, www.avonlake.org, allows visitors to go to drop-down menus on the homepage for directions to the proper department. “That should save folks a lot of time searching through our website,” Cagley said.

Designers also changed the organization of the website, removing what Cagley described as annoying fly-outs. Fly-outs are dropdowns requiring the user to make selection after selection before reaching the information they need. The slightest error or inadvertent movement of a mouse can mean the site visitor must begin their search all over, Cagley said.

Future improvements will include providing for such things as online payment for building permits.

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