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Poulsbo city web site takes a dive, recovers

Kitsap News Group

POULSBO — The city of Poulsbo's newly updated Web site wasn't available Wednesday morning, down for fine tuning, but returned to service by the afternoon.

The $20,000 redesign to the Web site was introduced July 1, and has functioned since, with prominent links to information about revisions to the city's growth plan and updates on efforts to build a new city hall. The last time the site was revamped was about a half decade ago, said Tim Treacher, information services manager for the city.

The disruption in service was due to further revisions to the new site, which allows departments to manage their own pages, providing more detailed information to the public.

It's a new feature for the site. What is lacking, however, is a calender apprising residents of upcoming meetings, a feature of the old site popular with residents, said Carly Michelson, executive assistant to Mayor Kathryn Quade. Michelson said the city will try to restore the function by the end of the month.

One function missing from both old and new sites is the ability to track the number of visits.

It's a feature the city is interested in adding, Treacher and Michelson said. By tracking the number of visits, city leaders could measure the effectiveness of the site.

Having the site unavailable for the morning did give officials an idea of the sites popularity.

"I heard a couple calls today" because the site was down, said Michelson.

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