New city website officially launched
Merritt.ca launched with a new look, feel and functionality on Monday.
“We think we’ve hit it with this,” Economic Development Manager James Umpherson told a crowd of about 20 who gathered at Merritt City Hall.
Umpherson said the website combines many of the features that will help market Merritt and provide ease of information gathering for residents, but people need to be patient as the many features roll out.
One resident asked about using the Country Music Capital branding theme that the City of Merritt has adopted. Elements of that branding are already included on the website.
Another resident, who had a slew of questions, asked for a profile for each business to be included in the website, but that detailed information will be included later.
“We will be adding to these links as much as we can, and we hope we get good feedback from the community,” Umpherson said. “We see this as a work in progress.”
Streaming council meetings is an element that hasn’t been added, but is slated for the end of the month.
As the business developer for Acro Media, which designed the website, Kim Foreman was responsible for getting the pages to a point where the city could edit them.
“The cool thing about this website is that the content management system is such that the City of Merritt can edit basically every single thing on the website, at will,” she said. “You can change pictures, you can add data, you can take away things, and you are really in control of your website.”
This is the first municipal website the award-winning Acro has designed.