Centennial rolls out new website

City also takes plunge into social media

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The City of Centennial has turned on its “new and improved” website.

Located at a new web address — www.CentennialCo.gov — the site sports a “cleaner” look and new layout, said Allison Wittern, Centennial’s public information manager.

Visitors to Centennial’s old website are automatically redirected to the new site, where the home page features a revolving set of photographs including the Civic Center, Centennial Center Park, a biker navigating the Centennial Link Trail and a panoramic view of the city with the mountains as a backdrop.

The new website, Wittern added, showcases a number of new features “aimed at making it easier for users to access city services and information.”

“More and more people are accessing the Internet from their mobile devices or tablets, therefore the city has incorporated a responsive design, which means the site is resizable for any screen, including any mobile device,” Wittern explained.

The new site is hosted on the Amazon Cloud and features easy-to-share documents and pictures, new navigational options based upon popularity and timeliness, advanced predictive search capabilities, online services, enhanced mapping capabilities and an electronic record portal.

At the same time the new website was launched, Wittern announced that the city also has unveiled its official Twitter account and Facebook page.

Up to now, the city has not maintained an active presence on the social media landscape.

Twitter users can follow the City of Centennial at www.twitter.com/CentennialGov.

Facebook fans can “like” the City at www.facebook.com/CentennialGov.

Connecting with those sites also will allow social media users to receive important news and information about Centennial.

The city also has unveiled a new online town hall page — www.connectcentennial.com — where people now will have the opportunity to connect with their local leaders and contribute ideas and feedback.

“The City of Centennial is excited to introduce our new website,” said Wittern. “Part of this new design includes a simplified web address, social media and an online town hall.”

Wittern promised that the changes would result in “a more dynamic experience for users.”

The city’s new website was designed and developed and is hosted by Real Time Solutions, a New Mexico-based web development company specializing in government websites and applications.

Sometime in the next month, city officials also are expected to announce the hiring of a new communications director, whose responsibilities will include oversight and management of all of city-related traditional and new media.