September 23, 2014

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Medina to launch a new website

MEDINA — The city of Medina plans to launch its new website sometime in the second week of January.

Mayor Dennis Hanwell said the new site will be easier for city officials to update.

Dennis Hanwell

“We update the materials ourselves instead of depending on the web designer, which is much more cost-effective to the city,” Hanwell said.

The new site also will give them the ability to easily post short videos.

“From a user standpoint, it should be much more informative, much more timely,” he said.

The updated site also will better highlight properties available for development, Hanwell said.

“We’re having some challenges with the existing website — showcasing available industrial properties and storefronts,” he said.

Dawn Conwill, Hanwell’s office manager, said the new site will be designed to work on mobile devices like cell phones and tablets, something the current site does not do.

The updated website was designed by WRIS Web Services under a four-year contract for $28,000. The company also will charge $6,000 a year after the first year for updates, support, content management, analytics and hosting. After the four years, WRIS will update the design for no additional charge.

The website the city now uses was designed in 2008 by Chad Allen Technology for a cost of $15,700. The company charged the city extra for upgrades and support on an as-needed basis, Conwill said.

The new site will be located at the same address: www.medinaoh.org.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.