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Website launch

How to buy, build launch, manage local government digital services in 2020

Posted on September 11, 2019

To help educate local public sector leaders with government website launches, we've created a comprehensive slide deck that details the problems with today's model, solutions, key trends for 2020, and how ProudCity successfully supports a new approach to digital services. Slides: How to buy, launch, manage local government websites in 2020 Contact us to learn...
Lily Delgado

How a New York village teamed with a fresh-out-of-college graduate to launch its new website in 90 days

Posted on September 10, 2019

After 15 years with the same village website, Rye Brook, New York, didn’t want to waste time or money on a digital upgrade. As Rye Brook Communication Services Coordinator Fred Siefert puts it, there are three options for local government web services. First is an in-house digital and technical team, which isn’t feasible for most...
ProudCity Releases

ProudCity 1.80.0 Release

Posted on August 29, 2019

This release marks the launch of our new Social Media account dashboard for site administrators. There are also a number of 3rd party plugin updates in this release. There is no WordPress Core update in this release. It is immediately available for all ProudCity Hosted sites and for download on Github under the GNU Affero...
ProudCity city government website theme

New ProudCity theme enhancements make it easier, faster to launch city government websites

Posted on August 21, 2019

Based on our work with cities, we’ve updated our default website theme to make it easier, faster and cheaper for municipalities to launch city government websites. Theme enhancements include: Cleaner user experience Refined information architecture Navigation, page template clean-up Additional page templates New default settings As part of the onboarding process, we’ve added a new...
Always getting better

Always getting better: How we work at ProudCity

Posted on August 19, 2019

Last week, we presented to the City of San Rafael’s new digital team on applying an open, asynchronous, collaborative mindset to getting things done. “Always getting better” is a ProudCity mantra, a reminder to ourselves that if we’re going to genuinely  serve our government partners and their communities, we must continuously release a better product....
Government Technology

Government Technology: ‘Disasters Highlight the Growing Need for Digital Readiness’

Posted on August 8, 2019

Government Technology published a guest article, "Disasters Highlight the Growing Need for Digital Readiness," by ProudCity CEO Luke Fretwell and San Rafael Senior Management Analyst Talia Smith. Excerpt: Here's what our experience taught us: While most public safety operations in an EOC are guided by time-tested principles, digital response before, during and after a disaster...
ProudCity Releases

ProudCity 1.79.0 Release

Posted on August 5, 2019

This is primarily a minor feature and bugfix release. There is no WordPress Core update in this release. It is immediately available for all ProudCity Hosted sites and for download on Github under the GNU Affero GPL v3 open source license. What changes will I notice? There is a new breadcrumb widget to help visitors...
ProudCity Releases

ProudCity 1.78.0 Release

Posted on June 27, 2019

This is primarily a bugfix release. The WordPress Core 5.2.2 Maintenance Update is included in this release. It is immediately available for all ProudCity Hosted sites and for download on Github under the GNU Affero GPL v3 open source license. What changes will I notice? This release includes a new Division Page template that is...
TechWire

TechWire: ‘Partnering, Planning, Tech Among Ways Government Can Survive Major Disaster’

Posted on June 12, 2019

TechWire featured ProudCity in an article on our 'Digital Ready' session during the the 2019 Code for America Summit. Excerpt: “You start to see the comments that are on Facebook and the questions that are asked on the livestream and you realize, you know, people have nothing, and they’re mobile and they’re just trying to...
ProudCity Releases

ProudCity Release 1.77.0

Posted on May 28, 2019

This is primarily a bugfix release. The WordPress Core 5.2.1 Maintenance Release is included in this release. It is immediately available for all ProudCity Hosted sites and for download on Github under the GNU Affero GPL v3 open source license. What changes will I notice? We are excited to announce the creation of a new...
ProudCity Releases

ProudCity 1.76.0 Release

Posted on May 11, 2019

This is primarily a bugfix release. The WordPress Core 5.2 Feature Release is included in this release. It is immediately available for all ProudCity Hosted sites and for download on Github under the GNU Affero GPL v3 open source license. What changes will I notice? There should be no noticeable changes in this release. The...
Customizing fonts

Font customization on ProudCity-powered government websites

Posted on April 26, 2019

You can now customize fonts on your ProudCity-powered government website. Accessibility We’ve accounted for accessibility in choosing the fonts available for use, which is why there is a limited selection. We’ve also modified font weights in some areas to make previously ‘thin’ fonts more legible. Public Sans As part of the newly-updated United States Web...
ProudCity Releases

ProudCity 1.75.0 Release

Posted on April 26, 2019

This is primarily a bugfix release. There is no WordPress Core update in this release. It is immediately available for all ProudCity Hosted sites and for download on Github under the GNU Affero GPL v3 open source license. What changes will I notice? Color updates to the ProudCity theme: With the addition of the new...
ProudCity Help

Ask us anything: Digital government support with ProudCity Help

Posted on April 24, 2019

To better provide world class support to our government partners, as well as the government community at large, we’ve combined ProudCity Platform knowledge support with general digital government information and resources. ProudCity Help, located at help.proudcity.com, provides answers, tips, templates, guides and best practices in digital government on topics such as websites, accessibility, security, analytics,...
ProudCity Releases

ProudCity 1.74.0 Release

Posted on April 11, 2019

This is primarily a bugfix release. There is no WordPress Core update in this release. It is immediately available for all ProudCity Hosted sites and for download on Github under the GNU Affero GPL v3 open source license. What changes will I notice? There should be no noticeable changes in this release. What's up next?...
Government Technology

Government Technology: ‘ProudCity Aims to Build More Disaster Recovery Websites’

Posted on April 10, 2019

Government Technology featured ProudCity in an article on our new ProudCity Recovers offering. Excerpt: When a historically destructive wildfire burned down most of Paradise, Calif., in November, the startup ProudCity built the town a website dedicated to the recovery effort in three days. Now, the company is using that experience — as well as its...
ProudCity Recovers

Digital disaster response and recovery preparedness with ProudCity Recovers

Posted on April 3, 2019

When disaster strikes, anxiety is high and community members immediately look to government and emergency management leaders for timely, reliable, mobile-friendly, accessible information. The ensuing chaos exacerbates when communications -- the information and delivery mechanisms -- aren’t efficiently deployed. As disasters become more routine, digital response and recovery preparedness is critical. Governments can no longer...
ProudCity Releases

ProudCity 1.73.0 Release

Posted on March 28, 2019

This is primarily a bugfix release. There is no WordPress Core update in this release. It is immediately available for all ProudCity Hosted sites and for download on Github under the GNU Affero GPL v3 open source license. What changes will I notice? After reviewing accessibility across all sites on the ProudCity Platform, our design...
Recovers website governance template

Recovers website governance template

Posted on March 25, 2019

To better assist digital preparedness related to response and recovery efforts, we've created a recovers website governance template. The template was adapted with permission from the original policy developed by the Marin Recovers. It was used to help socialize and get buy-in throughout Marin County (Calif.) on governance and protocol ahead of a disaster so...
ProudCity Releases

ProudCity 1.72.0 Release

Posted on March 14, 2019

This is primarily a bugfix release. The WordPress Core 5.1.1 Security and Maintenance Release is included in this release. It is immediately available for all ProudCity Hosted sites and for download on Github under the GNU Affero GPL v3 open source license. What changes will I notice? You can now enter either a URL or...
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