Case study: municipal website design for Lesser Slave River.

Municipal Website Design

We turned Lesser Slave River’s aging municipal website into an engaging and ever-expanding communications hub.

Lesser Slave River is a thriving northern Alberta municipality about 260 kilometers north of Edmonton. This client has a vast and diverse region to steward (more than 10,000 square kilometers) and an abundance of great stories to tell. But its legacy website was not allowing these stories to be told to their full potential. It was built on a proprietary “black-box” platform that hindered scalability, that could only be edited by a sole vendor, and that failed to keep pace with digital norms. We began at square one: by aligning vast volumes of forms, statutory documents and site-wide content with an informational

hierarchy that would make finding information easy and intuitive, and that would facilitate growth. We developed the website on an open-source Joomla platform that can be maintained by any skilled practitioner – not just a few individuals. Legacy content was massaged, new content was written, and different modules were added to integrate social media channels and enhance the site’s functionality. We keep the website secure and maintained on a dedicated Canadian cloud-hosted instance, and we continue to work daily with the client to keep it current, adding content and features as required.

What services did we provide?

  • Sitemap Development
  • Copywriting/Editing
  • Graphic Design
  • Web Development
  • Content Migration
  • Location Photography
  • Hosting Maintenance and Security
  • Domain Management

What was the outcome?

User data shows people using the new website in greater numbers, for longer sessions. Commonly cited as a standard by which municipal websites are measured, this asset helps Lesser Slave River communicate to ratepayers, facilitate business activities, orient visitors and safeguard communities like never before possible.

“From managing our media and mentoring our in-house resources to providing hands-on assistance during critical events, Tangent Civic helps the MD of Lesser Slave River with all aspects of its communications program. Enhanced professionalism, efficiency and community engagement are all by-products of their ongoing involvement with our municipality.”

Allan Winarski | Chief Administrative Officer, Lesser Slave River

How else do we help progressive organizations communicate?

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