Launch of New Website
27 May 2020
Diss Town Council launches new website
Diss Town Council is pleased to launch its new, easy to navigate and accessible website. Visit www.diss.gov.uk to find out why our councillors took on their voluntary roles, what criteria you need to meet to fill one of our last Town Councillor vacancies, what the Town Mayor has been up to during lockdown via her blog and lots more.
New website accessibility regulations for public sector bodies come into force in September so we saw this as an opportunity to refresh our site. This new law requires websites to be easy to use on a mobile, be navigated using a keyboard, contain accessible PDF forms that can be read out on screen readers and good colour contrast that makes text easy to read – especially for visually impaired people. Accessible websites usually work better for everyone as they are often faster, easier to use and appear higher in search engine rankings.
The Council’s website is based on the WIX platform, a leading tool for designing, development and maintaining websites. It is extremely user-friendly, excellent value for money and one of the most widely used. To develop our new site, we worked with Steve Jackman, who since 2016, has supported over 100 towns and parish councils with website development after designing and building, in 1993, the UK Government’s first site that consisted of just four pages.
Sonya French, the Council’s Deputy Town Clerk, along with Kimberley Jaynes, the Council’s Marketing & Administrative Assistant have worked alongside Steve to create a fresh, clean and easy to use website. Of the experience, Sonya says, “I have never worked on a website before and I felt very daunted at having to learn this new skill. I worked with Steve over a few Zoom meetings and soon learnt to add content and navigate around the new website. I feel that I have learnt a new skill and am very proud of the look and feel of the new website.”.
Town Mayor, Councillor Sonia Browne says, “I have seen the initial stages of our accessible website, as Sonya French and Kimberley Jaynes worked tirelessly on it. I hope that those who visit our site have a beneficial experience and that they will want to return.”
Please do check out our new site at www.diss.gov.uk and let us have your feedback. We will continue to monitor and develop the site regularly. If you would like to comment, submit news or promote an event (albeit well into the future!), please forward the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To contact Steve Jackman regarding website development, email email@example.com.