Needs Your Data.

The City of Sacto is looking for YOUR input on how to revamp their website. And, in case you haven’t been there in a while, it needs it. Here’s what to do:

Go to the city’s website, or get there fast.
Click on the link at the top/middle of the page, or get there fast.

I think it’s terrific that Sacto is looking for input on this matter — California cities’ web sites are all over the map (er, web) in terms of design, content, and layout. In fact, looking to even a few other cities’ sites might lend guidance on how to reshape our city’s online image. For example:

Davis. Front loads on the links, but very simple to read and navigate.
Camarillo. Pretty blue color. Images of C-rillo’s most notable architecture. Quick links. Probably good for a city, like this one, that doesn’t have a lot going on most of the time. Probably not a good template for a city like Sacto.
Los Angeles. The town is made of money, and their web site proves it (complete with pop-up ad!). This site has color, loads of quick links, highlights, features . . . this could be the mecca of all city web sites.

P.S. How ’bout a final word on whether city web sites should follow a uniform URL pattern: Davis and Los Angeles (who rarely have anything in common) both opted for the .org identity; good ol’ conservative Camarillo went for the more professional approach.

Which is your preference, and do you think all cities should follow the same format?

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