As of Monday, Feb. 1, the town of Rockport has a new municipal website.

“It is a continuous work in progress,” Town Manager Bill Post said. “We will be doing many tweaks this week and beyond.”

You can check it out at rockportmaine.gov.

Government Websites by GovOffice worked with staff on the layout and design of the new site, which has been in the works since July 1, 2020.

Post said the new site will be easier for residents to navigate with features including easier drop-down menus, visual “buttons” for menu choices, a scrolling menu bar in the middle of home page, and a “banner” on top of the website that is changeable for important information.

He explained the new site is expected to be more user friendly, as well as “mobile friendly,” and will resize itself depending on the device being used.

The goal was also to have it be more appealing and have the ability to add more photos. He said it includes photo credits to Peter Ralston, from Ralston Gallery and Coastal Mountains Land Trust; Alexa Wanger; and Brian Wilson.

The total cost is about $3,000 per year for three years, and then it will reduce to about $1000, which is what the town was paying for the old site, including hosting services.

“Our previous website was very old, difficult to navigate for users and not mobile-friendly,” Post said. “In addition, it was cumbersome for staff to update and add documents – the old version wouldn’t allow documents to be linked in the text description of a project for example. These documents had to be located at the end of the homepage instead of with the narrative.”