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5 Secure Tips to Stay ADA-Compliant

What is an ADA-Compliant Website? An ADA-compliant website means that you are making the information on your site available and accessible to Americans with various disabilities, such as hearing or vision impairment. Let's talk about the importance of your government website being ADA-Compliant and how you can follow some simple guidelines to boost accessibility.

Words Are Power- Using Language to Empower and Uplift Voices

Language is a force that guides communication and understanding, and the way we use words is powerful. We dive into the power of building inclusion through language, and how local governments can meet a broader audience.

4 Trends in Local Government Communications

Let’s talk about what drives success, resident engagement, and economic development for local governments- communication. We know how important communication is for fostering growth, but sometimes navigating the strategy for communication can be half the battle.

Local Governments Can Thrive in Hybrid Work: Ways and Resources

Let’s get real and talk about the significant shift toward hybrid and remote work- a lifestyle in which we now have more experience than ever. We’re going to dive into ways local governments can reach optimal growth and productivity in a hybrid work style, along with resources that can make working easier and more efficient.

The 3 Cybersecurity Terms to Know in 2022

Cybersecurity is a high-level concern for any organization, and historically governments are prime targets for cybersecurity attacks. As we move forward in technology and adapt to a zero-trust architecture approach there are levels of cybersecurity that local governments should be aware of to protect their organization and constituents. We’re going to dive into three terms of zero-trust architecture, along with helpful visual learning videos. 

4 Reasons Your Government Website Needs a Responsive Design

“The vast majority of the world's internet users – 92.4 percent – use a mobile phone to go online at least some of the time, and mobile phones now account for more than half of our online time, and more than half of the world's web traffic.” (DatareportalResponsive government websites are one of the best investments local governments can make for their community. We have 4 reasons your government website needs a responsive web design.

What Federal Digital Equity Money Means for Local Governments

The Biden Administration has begun taking steps to administer 45 billion dollars of federal funding for broadband and digital equity, we have the fundamentals to understand what this means at the local government level.

Revize Apps Run Down- Explanation and Execution

As we grow our list of clients, we’ve kicked off a webinar series to greater explain the use and function of our Revize apps. That said, we thought it might be useful to add some context to our apps and how real local governments are utilizing the apps for constituent engagement.  Here are the Revize apps, and how municipalities are using them.

10 FAQs When Upgrading Your Government Website

Any new investment requires some thought and planning, and a government website is no different. In our latest blog, we have some frequently asked questions by prospects and clients when researching upgrading their government websites. Find out the information to make your government website the best it can be, and reach and engage with your constituents.

5 Reasons to Use a Cloud-Based CMS for Your Government Website

Technology and innovation are the center of local governments' success, especially when times and events are changing rapidly. We have 5 concrete reasons why you should consider using a cloud-based CMS for your government website, to improve the overall resilience and security of your site and adapt to current innovations.

12 SEO Resources: Get More Constituents to Your Government Website

Government websites are a vital function for a local government, and getting constituents to the website is half of the battle for building community success.  We are going to show SEO tool resources that will increase your government website's organic traffic, boost rankings, and improve your credibility as a leader in the local government sector.

How Local Government Leaders Can Help Bridge the Divide on Digital Equity

Local governments know the importance of a strong government website for their constituents, with features that show information constituents ask for regularly… but have we paid attention to who’s asking these questions?

Celebrating Women's History Month: Highlight on Patty Prince, Communications Manager of City of Manassas, VA

Women’s History Month is a time to commemorate and celebrate women’s past, present, and future success. We at Revize are proud to honor women this month and every month and wanted to highlight women in local government. We chose Patty Prince, Communications Manager of the City of Manassas, VA, and asked her some questions about her success and working as a woman in local government.  Read on to find the answers.

Cybersecurity in 2022: Why and How to Protect Your Organization against Potential Threats

Cybersecurity is always at the forefront of everyone's mind, especially in the industry of government technology. Recent current events suggest government agencies take extra precautions on cyber security protocols. We have how and why to protect your organization against potential hacks and threats.

Why Police Departments Websites Should Invest in Cybersecurity in 2022

Government websites are notorious for being vulnerable to cyber security ransomware attacks, and police departments are no different in the scheme of gov agencies at risk in 2022. Here's what you need to know about ransomware attacks.


 

Using ARPA Funding to Its Ultimate Benefit for Township Projects, Services, and Uses

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced on January 6th, 2022 a final rule overview that means spending avenues for Townships across the nation to aid in projects.

The Ten Feature Revize Websites of 2021

Before the year ends, we would like to take the time to recognize the excellence of web projects across the nation that chose to collaborate with Revize throughout the year. Web design projects require great thought, ingenuity, and time for local governments agencies and web developers. So as a way of recognition, let’s dive into The 10 feature Revize sites of 2021 and why they stood out.

4 Government Website Trends to Anticipate in 2022

With 2022 quickly approaching, anticipating the trends for the year will help guide and develop projects for government agencies, decide where to allocate government budget spending, and prepare for new variables ahead. We've got what you need to know to prepare your government agency website in 2022. 

4 Ways to Support Citizens During Holidays

We’ve compiled 4 ways to support citizens during holidays.  These are some tips and tricks to help propel your community into a sense of togetherness, and help build a reputation of a positive and supportive local government.

 

4 Top Attributes of Modern Government Websites

Here are a few attributes that some of the best government websites follow. Following these would help you offer a better user experience to your constituents, and improve your brand presence as a government agency.

Regaining Trust as a Local Government- 6 Strategies to Build Your Twitter Presence

Twitter is one of the leading social media platforms around the world, serving as a multifaceted tool to inform and engage residents and form an organization’s brand identity. As of the fourth quarter of 2020, Twitter had 192 million monetizable daily active users (mDAU) worldwide. For local governments, a robust Twitter presence will only add legitimacy to the organization's credibility- which is why we have collected 6 strategies to build your presence in our latest blog.   

Show Me Don’t Tell Me: 4 Ways to Enhance Gov Websites

Website users are constantly looking for more efficient ways to collect information and move on to other tasks. It's no different when discussing government agencies and the residents, tourists, and vendors that they serve.  We've collected four ways to enhance government websites, that will be useful to any government entity.

Design Tips for Public Sector Websites

Read on to find out how to turn your government website into one of the best public sector websites.

Guide to Building the Best Village Website

Here's everything you need to know about creating the best village websites and the purposes they serve.

7 Great Advantages of Using Government Website CMS

Building a government website with a specialized content management system is a great idea! Here are 7 reasons why you should use a government website CMS.

10 Tips to Build a Good Government Website

The goal for all government websites is to get residents to engage with content in a quick and effective way, which is why following strategic steps help to optimize the user experience. Here is a list we've contrived that help create a well-designed government website.

4 Reasons Chat Bots Are the Future for Government Websites

The future for government websites involves a tech trend that revolutionizes the way users navigate sites- chat boxes. Find out the four major reasons why users enjoy chatbots, and how the pandemic has contributed to expanding and inspiring artificial intelligence.

5 Strategies To Hire The Best Web Design Company for Council Websites

Council website administrators often find themselves with a heavy workload, and any way to reduce tasks is great for administrators.  Council websites are a direct reflection of the organization, so it's crucial to have a top tier website. We have created a list of strategies and tools to use when choosing a web design company, to help ensure the website follows best practice standards.

Top 5 Web Design Trends for Government Websites

Government websites are getting more content-focused, colorful, animated, and personalized than ever before. It is abundantly clear that some themes are impacting government website design more than other themes, and so it has become imperative for web designers to change with the times or run the high risk of being left behind. Websites of all kinds, especially government websites should definitely take advantage of some of the biggest web design trends at the moment. In this piece, we will list some of the top designs that are very easy to implement and when implemented, will take ordinary government websites into becoming extraordinary government websites.

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA): How Municipalities Can Maximize Funding

The pandemic created hardships for businesses and organizations across the U.S. and internationally, making funding scarce for expansion. The American Rescue Plan Act- aimed to lessen these hardships by providing funding for government resources and economic recovery. Government agencies should know information regarding how and why The American Rescue Plan Act works for them, and steps to take going forward to ensure fiscal stability. 

7 Big Trends for Web Design in 2021

Web design is constantly evolving throughout the years, and adapting is part of any organizations growth. In 2020, we witnessed a global pandemic that created stay at home orders and increase in remote work. Investing in digital resources and trends helps stand out from the crowd, and provide functionality became imperative for organizations. We at Revize have contrived a list of trends we anticipate to rule the worldwide web, take a look at these interesting and unique innovations.

Celebrating Women's History Month: 5 Quotes from Influential Women in Tech

The month of March commemorates the successes women have made throughout history, and recognizes adversities faced along the way to triumph. Here at Revize, we pride ourselves on having a diverse staff filled with women creators, trainers, sales executives, web developers, etc. It’s important to recognize the women who paved the way for other women in tech, and continue to make a difference in the way we design Revize websites. Take a look here at five quotes from influential women in tech.

5 Things to Consider Before Getting Your Website Designed

Websites are now a big part of any company, and for those who want to have a strong online presence, the right approach can make a huge difference. There are a few factors or elements that you should keep in mind while either designing your website or having it designed from any website design company. These elements can help make a website easy to navigate, easy to use, and effective, and hence, make a big difference in the overall user experience.

How do Government Websites Differ From Other Sites?

The internet is a fantastic place as it allows us to connect with one another all over the world, and to impart information easily and quickly. There are lots of different types of websites out there, but some of the most common distinctions are normal civilian websites and government websites. There are some key differences to look for when pursuing either type of website that can truly help you navigate the web with greater ease.

Using AI in Government Websites to Thwart Hackers

Mathematician Alan Turing is credited with helping the Allied Forces win World War I by cracking the Nazi encryption machine, Enigma. For most, that’s a pretty cool accomplishment, and Turing could have packed it in and led a retirement of distinguished admiration. But, thankfully for us, Turing was far from finished.

Lagging e-Government Platforms Can Cripple Citizenry

Crises are part of the human experience. We have done an exceptional job creating highly functional societies, capable of great things, and organizing ourselves around shared values, laws, and governance norms. But when crises hit, some hit harder than others.

How Have Websites Changed to Accommodate COVID-19?

We are currently in the middle of a global pandemic, and as such, we have adapted our daily lives to reflect the essential changes that need to be made to keep ourselves and others healthy and safe. Many companies and even government bodies are now dealing less in person. They are trying to rely more on the organization’s website, bringing more website traffic and therefore, the changes. So, how have websites changed to accommodate the current COVID-19 situation, keep reading to find out?

Free Municipal Website Giveaway

Revize is offering the first 15 municipalities with a population of 2,000 or less a free website set-up, along with no first-year annual fee.

Adding YouTube Video & Live Streams To Your Website

Not only can you embed regular YouTube videos, but you can add YouTube Live videos after they have started. During times like this where most government agencies have moved to online meetings and other tasks; being able to share a meeting or press conference live on your website is essential in making sure the public is informed with what is going on in your community. The step to add these videos are exactly the same as adding a regular YouTube video. There are two ways you can embed YouTube videos on your website. The first way is to go to the YouTube video you would like to share and click share and copy the URL.

A Guide For Using Your Revize Home Page Alerts & e-Notify

Topics to be Covered

  • Setting Up Home Page Alerts
  • Setting Up e-Notify
  • How Website Visitors Sign-up for e-Notify
  • Contact & Support Information

Communicate COVID-19 Info Using Your Website

Many state and local governments have been working from home and will be for some time. Concerned citizens are still depending on them for any updates regarding COVID-19 and how it is affecting your community. In this time of uncertainty, Revize wants to help you reach the public where they are, online. Our websites have the tools to get the news out from anywhere, anytime. Here are 3 of the ways our features let you put out time-sensitive information to the public fast.

How to Use Your Website for Better Elections

With Super Tuesday upon us and the election cycle in full swing for 2020, you may be wondering how you can use your website to better facilitate the upcoming elections. There are a few simple things that you can do to help inform local citizens, provide updated information, and stay secure.

Ransomware Attacks Increasingly Target Local Government Organizations

Local governments across the country are being targeted and it’s not hard to figure out why.

ADA Website Accessibility Guide & Government Website Standards

Your website visitors are just as diverse as the community you serve and to deny them access to the content on your webpage is the same as not providing them access to your physical location. When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was first put forward the internet was just coming to the mainstream, now those same protections for those with disabilities are being enforced across the digital landscape. Along with this new focus on the digital experience comes quite a bit of confusion. Not helping the confusion, courts have stated that even without comprehensive legal standards you are open to being sued and found liable if your website is not ADA compliant. Not to worry, there are some basic Government Website standards that you can follow to reduce your risk and make sure your site is inclusive to all users.

4 Government Website Must-haves in 2019

Government and municipal websites tend to be behind the curve when it comes to features and usability. As we move into the New Year this needs to change but first, it must become a priority. Considering a redesign can be overwhelming and you may not know what to look for, here are the top four things your website should have to keep up during 2019.

How To Modernize Your Surveys and Reports

Old habits are hard to break because they usually still work. Even so, failure to modernize your surveys will eventually lead to outdated methods and out-of-touch reports. Improvements in survey deliverables likely will require an attitude of experimentation. As you consider how to compress your surveys, spice up your reports and broaden your reach, don’t let worry about false steps prevent innovation. There are plenty of opportunities to express creativity in data reporting and lots of good ideas to draw from. Implementing some or all of these newer, best practices in your jurisdiction can increase survey response rates, streamline questionnaires and bring reporting into the modern era.

10 Ways to Improve Your Municipal Web Design

Websites are one of the most important tools to retrieve information. People more often go to a website for information than calling the concerned company official. The more competent a website, the more advantages one gains. It is important to ensure that the municipal web design is effectively meeting the needs of your users. You need to chalk out a journey from the first time they visit the website to the time they become a customer. 

How to Choose Your Government Website Vendors?

Most of the businesses depend on external sources to provide products and services. However, before you invest time and money in a website, you need to understand what design and development options may be available to you and what type of  government website vendors can truly fulfil your demands.

Revize Apps Run Down- Explanation and Execution

As we grow our list of clients, we’ve kicked off a webinar series to greater explain the use and function of our Revize apps. That said, we thought it might be useful to add some context to our apps and how real local governments are utilizing the apps for constituent engagement.  Here are the Revize apps, and how municipalities are using them.

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