Town Launches Revamped Website

Posted: May 17, 2014

In today’s world, when people want to know about tourism, what happened at last week’s public meeting, or how to set up a utility account, they frequently go to the Internet first.

On Tuesday, the town of New Market launched a revamped website — www.newmarketvirginia.com — that officials say should help residents and visitors access information about the community more easily than before.

“The site has improved aesthetic qualities and functionality,” said Chad Neese, New Market town planner. “Those are the two big things we were shooting for.”

The town’s website was upgraded in 2004 into a “cutting-edge” site that had content on multiple pages.

But another upgrade became necessary as a result of changes in technology, according to former Town Manager Evan Vass, who said that over time the site had become “antiquated.”

The website upgrade cost about $15,000.

 “The town wanted a website that’s more user-friendly and scalable to smart phone devices,” Vass said.

Vass also gave credit to Town Council and, in particular, Councilman Tim Palmer for supporting the upgrade.

The website, designed by BlueKey, uses a cloud-based management program called WordPress.

As a result, more than one town employee can now update information on it.

Also, the new site allows the town to add special pages whenever necessary.

Contact Jonathon Shacat at 574-6286 or jshacat@dnronline.com



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