The Resort Municipality of Whistler’s new website has gone live after a $48,000 redesign.
The updated site is being billed as easier to navigate with more content and a mobile counterpart. Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden said it’s increasingly important to be able to connect with residents online. “It’s critical and it’s changed radically over the years,” she said. “So much of the information that people are looking for that didn’t use to be accessible is available on the website.”
In 2012, Whistler.ca generated 85,000 page views per month. That increased to 115,000 last year with hopes to grow that number to 150,000 in 2014. Wilhelm-Morden said both residents and visitors are visiting the site. “We get residents looking for basic info like how much is a dog license?” she said. “We get a lot of people who access council agenda and meeting packages and then watch the meetings online.”
The site was first overhauled in 2011 at a cost of $74,859. While Wilhelm-Morden said she doesn’t expect to revamp it every year, there will be tweaks made as technology continues to change. “We’re always looking at improvements. This latest series of amendments and additions was pretty significant and we certainly won’t be doing that every year, but we’re always looking to tweak it and improve it.”
To that end, the RMOW is asking for the public’s feedback on the site through a survey, which can be accessed at www.surveymonkey.com/s/WPP878X.