The City of Philadelphia announced that it is seeking input from the public on a comprehensive redesign of the City’s website through a project called alpha.phila.gov. The redesign process will work with City departments to launch prototype websites every two weeks, with each new iteration adding functionality and content and utilizing user feedback.
“The City’s website hosts a myriad of information for citizens about local government and its impact on their daily lives. It should be user-friendly and simple to search,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “Rather than assuming we know what information Philadelphians want, we are taking a new approach to redesigning the website and encouraging citizens to work with us throughout the redesign process to make the website better. I want to thank the Office of Innovation and Technology team for their work on this project and ask that Philadelphians take a few minutes to provide much-needed feedback.”
The first prototype, which was built in six weeks, is accessible online at alpha.phila.gov. The prototype site is not complete but will serve as a starting point in the redesign process.
“This project is about more than just a facelift. It’s about redesigning the experience customers have interacting with city government online,” said Adel Ebeid, Chief Innovation Officer. “We will conduct usability workshops with residents and analyze web traffic to find out what users of the City website really want.”
During the redesign process, the current website (www.phila.gov) will continue to run.
Learn more at alpha.phila.gov.