ARMONK, N.Y. – The town's new website was unveiled for a preview by residents at Wednesday night's North Castle Town Board meeting. It is expected to be up and running in two to three weeks.
“Our hope is the new site will be more attractive, have a more modern feel and significantly enhance the level of functionality compared to the current site," said John Falk, New York market manager for Virtual Towns and Schools, the site's creator.
Falk gave a powerpoint presentation that outlined the new site's most notable features:
- A content management system that allows each town department to post updates rather than just one responsible creator.
- Rotating photos on the homepage.
- Horizontal and vertical navigation, compared to only horizontal.
- Separate buttons for E-Service, residents, businesses and NCTV.
- Option to subscribe to E-alerts.
- A town meeting calendar prominently displayed on the homepage, in addition to a community calendar — both of which will be printer friendly.
- The site is designed to detect mobile users, allowing it to reformat itself accordingly for smart phone use.
- A scalable foundation, which will prevent the website from ever becoming obsolete again.
- A “share” button that creates easy access to social media sites.
- Urgent alerts displayed on top of the homepage.
While no exact date was given for the website’s release, Falk was confident it would be uploaded in two or three weeks from Thursday, Jan. 10, as his company generally unveils new sites on Thursdays. The domain name will remain www.northcastleny.com.
“It will be a great new website,” said Town Clerk Anne Curran. “It has taken considerable work from everyone to get it done. It will take a little patience to get used to, but once we do, it will be a valuable asset.”