Frederick launches new website

Posted: July 2, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — The Frederick County government’s new website has been launched.

Karen Vacchio, public information officer for the county’s Parks and Recreation Department, said Monday that the transition from to www.fcva.uswent smoothly and that county officials are pleased with the change.

“We’re very excited about it, and people seem to like [the new website] and find the navigation pretty easy,” Vacchio said.

Web users going to the old site’s main address are automatically redirected to the new website, but people who have specific web pages from the old site bookmarked will have to re-enter the bookmarks using the same pages on the new site, according to Vacchio.

If users have problems navigating the new site, there’s a link at the bottom of each page that allows them to email the webmaster, Vacchio said.

Frederick County worked with Vision Internet — a Santa Monica, Calif.-based company that specializes in creating government websites — for more than a year to create the new site. The county paid Vision Internet about $44,000 to develop the site. It will also pay the company $6,000 annually to host the website, provide content management help and around-the-clock tech support, Vacchio said.

The new site features links to county agendas and information on its budget, recycling program, taxes, parks and other areas of the government on the home page. There also is a mobile version of the site for anyone attempting to access it using a smartphone. The county’s old site did not have a mobile version.

The new website also can be updated remotely instead of requiring a county official to physically go to a computer to update the site’s content, Vacchio said.

“It makes [county government] more fluid to have the opportunity to update remotely,” she said.

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