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Launched: New website for the town of Richmond, Vermont

Richmond, Vermont has a population of about 4,200 and is located along the Winooski River in Vermont's Green Mountains. Ecopixel collaborated with the Town's web committee on a fresh, colorful design that reflects Richmond's natural surroundings. The new design is mobile-friendly and responsive, and conforms to ADA accessibility guidelines.

Town website design highlights include "dashboards" for each board, committee, and department. This makes it easy to understand town services, get contact information for committee members, and find details on recent and upcoming meetings.

A new town website is more than just its design — historical information is important, as well. Ecopixel also migrated and reorganized 7,000 documents and hundreds of pages from the old site. Ecopixel created a new site content structure to make it easier for residents and visitors to find things.

Ecopixel developed and tested the site's design to foster inclusion and follow ADA guidance by conforming to WCAG 2.1 Level AA accessibility standards. This is the current government standard for ensuring visitors with disabilities do not run into barriers when using the website.

The old WordPress website had security problems, and was difficult to navigate because it wasn't designed to handle the needs of a town website. Over the years, pages were added to provide ad hoc navigation, requiring several clicks to get through to specific meeting documents. All the links on the old site had been made by hand because there was no automatic navigation or archiving.

Ecopixel's new meeting management system solves this navigation problem by keeping hundreds of meeting documents per month grouped together by meeting. Highlights include:

  • drag-and-drop uploading of minutes, agendas, and packets/reading files

  • editors can set the approval date and it shows as approved in the frontend

  • meetings automatically appear in the calendar and archives by date

  • meetings can also be tagged with categories to cross-reference major ongoing topics

Other important features of the new town website include:

  • a built-in news bulletin system so that notices can be posted on the home page, and archived when appropriate

  • a town contacts list makes it easy to keep a centralized list of all department contacts, while also showing them on each department's landing page

  • an integrated search engine searches the site’s many documents and pages

  • the robust and secure TYPO3 content management system; it's great for municipal websites and even powers the Quebec, Canada provincial government website serving 8 million residents

  • editing access that's restricted by department, so editors can only work with the pages, news, and meetings that they're responsible for (makes editing simpler and the site more secure)

Ecopixel will continue making progressive improvements to the site as part of its ongoing proactive maintenance, reliable hosting, and prompt support.

The Town of Richmond suffered for years with a website that was hard to navigate and maintain. We are thrilled to bring Richmond up to date with this state-of-the-art, beautiful website!