Each of our website projects includes reviewing the websites of similar businesses throughout the country. From this exercise we develop a list of sites that we particularly like or dislike. This is a good starting point to discuss with our client options for their new website.
We discovered the municipal websites referenced below during the research phase of building a new site for the village of Chatham, NY.
This active, colorful website has a clear mission: entice people to visit. The photos grab and keep your attention and the main navigational tabs clearly guide you into the rest of the site. www.taos.org
This site is geared toward the resident rather than the visitor, and this is an important distinction because it is crucial to understand who your audience is before you can begin to develop your own site. Mill Valley’s navigation clearly breaks down the relevant areas and the news and calendar sections keep the site looking fresh and up-to-date. www.cityofmillvalley.org
The thing I like about this website is the color scheme. It does a good job conveying the outdoor attractions, the clear skies and rich green forests one expects to find in Colorado. The navigation is a bit disorderly: there are at least four navigation areas. For example the “Explore Durango” image in the upper right corner actually has its own navigation. www.durangogov.org