Columbia redesigns city website to better connect with public

cleblanc@thestate.comOctober 2, 2013 

— Columbia’s city government on Tuesday launched the latest update to its municipal website.

The site, intended to be bolder and more user friendly, went public about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday during a City Council work session.

Eventually, citizens will be able to pay parking tickets online, but a city official told council keeping payments secure has slowed the launch of that service. A start date has not been determined.

Columbia customers have been able to pay water and garbage bills online since 2009, city spokeswoman Leshia Utsey said. Customers also can rent parking space in city garages online, she said.

The fourth redesign within the past 20 years uses “bolder images to capture our message,” spokeswoman Shawna Washington told council.

The city paid West Columbia’s InDesign $6,000 to refresh the website. InDesign has designed the city website for 10 years, Utsey said.

In an effort to keep the main website current, city departments will get quicker access starting Oct. 17 to updating information on their departments’ web page.

To look at the new site, click here.

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