The web has changed significantly since we built the current version of Nashville.gov, and when we started work on a new version of the site, we knew we wanted it to reflect modern technology, modern design, and most importantly, modern users. Our team is building this site with you in mind, and we know that today’s web users have high expectations.
Here are a few ways that we hope to meet that high bar.
- First and foremost, the new Nashville.gov is built on a guiding principle of putting services front and center. It’s such an important part of our website philosophy that we wrote a whole article about this service-based approach. We think it’s going to make a huge difference in how you use the site.
- The site has a fresh and modern new design that you can see everywhere across this Preview. And the design isn’t just there to look pretty. We think that this light, airy user experience across the site will make things easier for you to find and more comfortable to browse.
- The new website is hosted in the cloud and built on top of modern web services. We won’t get into the nitty-gritty details, but modern website technologies and standards mean the site will be faster and support more features.
- The cutting-edge tech behind the new Nashville.gov will make it easier and faster than ever for all the employees across Metro to update it. This means that you will get the latest information and the most relevant content that matters to you more efficiently than ever before.
- Content on the site will be streamlined and simplified to provide better clarity, easier navigation, and a more focused visitor experience.
- Every page and section of the site will work great across many types of devices and screens — some that were in their infancy when we built the last version of the site. Whether it’s a desktop, laptop, smartphone, tablet, or something else, we want Nashville.gov to work great on your device.
- Search is a big priority with the next version of the site. In the past, the web was focused on links, directories, and pages upon pages of content. But today, most people have embraced the search box. Your first instinct in many cases will be to simply type in a term or question and hit Enter. Our goal is to make sure you find something useful every single time you do this.
- The new Nashville.gov will change over time to best meet your needs. What you see right now is just a Preview of a small portion of the site, but even the full launch in early 2020 is just the beginning. We have plans to build great new features into the site over time, including personalization and even more integration with popular Metro services like hubNashville.
We came to these conclusions through lots of planning, hard work, and feedback. We need you to continue to share your thoughts about the site and how you use it so we can get it just right for launch and keep making it better. We hope you’ll spend some time browsing the Preview site and then take our very quick Nashville.gov Preview Feedback Survey to tell us what you think.