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We are taking a break from the blog while our team focuses on some exciting upcoming projects and changes – feel free to browse are archives below – we plan to be back with fresh blog posts for you in 2025!

Case Study: Aleppo Township Authority

Case Study: Aleppo Township Authority

GovUnity worked with the Aleppo Township Authority to create a modern website design to better serve their audience. The new website is user-friendly and mobile-friendly. The Authority’s site was built on our intuitive Content Management System, which allows their staff to easily update meeting minutes, notices, and other site content. Notable features of the new site include: Responsive Design An FAQ Module E-Payment Integration Custom Contact Page On-Site Search Capability PDF hosting GovUnity’s personalized website design and development process consists of 4 phases: Phase 1: Project...

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Increase Engagement & Website Visibility by Integrating Social Media

Increase Engagement & Website Visibility by Integrating Social Media

Social media is an effective tool for helping local governments communicate with residents. Many organizations use social media to make announcements, encourage resident feedback, and foster a sense of community. Although social media is a great addition to any communication strategy, a good municipal website is the best communication tool. Many organizations make the mistake of using social media as the primary means of communication. But the reality is, social media is not a website replacement. It is a tool that is used to drive people to your website. So, how can you keep your website at...

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Work Effectively With Clients While Working Remotely

Work Effectively With Clients While Working Remotely

In the past year many government organizations have faced the challenge of working remotely. The GovUnity team has been “working from home” for over eleven years. So, we were fortunate to already have an effective system in place for working with clients remotely to design the perfect website to meet their needs. Below is a list of a few of the things we have learned over the years about designing website remotely. Communication: Of course, when it comes to working with clients on a web development project, communication is key. There are two tools that we use to stay in-touch with clients...

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Improving Your Municipality’s Digital Presence in 2021

Improving Your Municipality’s Digital Presence in 2021

If 2020 taught us anything it’s the importance of a strong digital presence, not only for businesses, but also for municipalities and government organizations. Residents found themselves looking online for policy updates and information about how COVID was impacting their community. And municipalities found that the best way to communicate this information to residents was through their online platforms.   So, what does it mean to have a “digital presence?” A digital presence can involve any number of things including: a website, a social media presence, business directory listings, digital...

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The Effects of COVID-19 on Local Government in 2021

The Effects of COVID-19 on Local Government in 2021

There is no doubt that the coronavirus has significantly impacted state and local government. Since the first stay-at-home order in March of 2020, governments have had to change the way that they operate. In the year 2020, technology was more essential than ever in the way that people live and work. And although the official authorization of the first COVID 19 vaccine gives us hope for life in 2021, it's likely that the impact of this virus will last.  According to the CDC, supplies for the coronavirus vaccine are currently very limited. As a result, they recommend that healthcare...

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Tips for Creating a Color Palette for Your Website

Tips for Creating a Color Palette for Your Website

Last week’s blog addressed the importance of color scheme in increasing website engagement. We addressed color psychology, visual hierarchy, and website accessibility. We also provided a few handy tools to help you get started creating a color palette for your website. This week we are diving into the topic of creating a color palette by discussing some of the basics of color theory and design.   Basics of Color Theory:    Color theory is an intricate field of study about which several books have been written. But in the simplest terms it has to do with the ways that people perceive color...

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Increase Website Engagement with the Right Color Scheme

Increase Website Engagement with the Right Color Scheme

You may not believe it, but your websites color scheme is an important part of increasing website engagement. The color scheme you choose is what catches visitors' eyes and makes a good first impression. By “website color scheme” we mean more than just the color of your logo or the background of your site.   Website color scheme or color palette refers to every color that appears on your website, from the header to the footer and everything in between.  Different color schemes can affect the way people feel when they see your website, and a consistent color palette is an important part of...

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Case Study: The Municipality of Penn Hills

Case Study: The Municipality of Penn Hills

The Municipality of Penn Hills wanted to update the front-end of their website to a more modern and mobile-friendly design. They also wanted to add some additional functionality, like a pavilion rental feature. And, on the back-end they wanted a more intuitive Content Management System (CMS) interface. Their staff needed to be able to add bulletin board notices, meeting minutes and other documents to the site.  Some Notable Features of this project include:   Online pavilion rental  Bulletin Board/Announcement feed  Social media integration   Responsive design   WordPress CMS  Online forms ...

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Save Money Designing & Developing Your Website

Save Money Designing & Developing Your Website

Designing or redesigning a website for your organization can be an expensive process. That is why many organizations try making a website themselves using a website builder like WordPress or Wix. There are pros and cons to building your own website from a template, one of the biggest pros being the cost. But there are other ways to save money on your website while still working with a professional.   Template designed websites may save you money upfront, but these websites are not usually scalable to growth, which leads to greater expenses long-term. However, there are a number of actions...

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Make Online Hiring Accessible

Make Online Hiring Accessible

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and we wanted to mark this occasion by talking about the thing we know best, websites. Many organizations include employment opportunities directly on their website with a “careers” page. Others have an entire website devoted to hiring. In either case it is important that your online hiring process is accessible to everyone.   Defining The Terms: Website accessibility involves taking precautions to ensure that people with disabilities do not encounter barriers when trying to access your website and its information. Generally, there...

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