Mundelein website to get new look next month

  • Mundelein officials will unveil an overhauled village's website in March. The version seen here has been in place since 2013.

      Mundelein officials will unveil an overhauled village's website in March. The version seen here has been in place since 2013. Russell Lissau | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 2/26/2020 7:30 PM

Mundelein officials unveiled a new look for the town's website this week, promising it will be easier to navigate and showcase features frequently sought by visitors.

The overhauled mundelein.org is scheduled to go live March 20. But Village Communications Director Dawn Jenich and management analyst Jonathan Kellogg gave trustees and a small group of residents a sneak peek during Monday's village board meeting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The site's new design is based on data that indicated people used the site most to pay water bills, review bids for construction projects and other services, learn about employment opportunities and consult a staff directory, among other tasks.

"Those are the top hits on the website," Jenich said.

The new site will have a "less cluttered" look, Jenich said.

A large photo of activity in the community will dominate the homepage. Below that will be clickable icons for reading meeting agendas, paying bills, reviewing forms and applications, and more actions.

"We're trying to aim for a digital village hall," Jenich said. "We (want to) make it easy for them to find whatever they need to do."

The homepage also will include village news, an events calendar, links to Mundelein's official Facebook and Twitter feeds and contact information.

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The new site promotes self-service, Jenich said. Officials hope to add more digital forms over time.

"We want to ultimately go more paperless," Jenich said.

To be mobile friendly, the site will have different designs for cellphones and tablets.

Granicus Inc., a Minnesota technology firm, was hired last year to give the website a facelift. It last was significantly updated in 2013.

Experts recommend refreshing website designs every five years, Jenich said.

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