Lakeway commences soft launch of new city website design

The city of Lakeway began a soft launch of its new website the afternoon of Jan. 16. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
The city of Lakeway began a soft launch of its new website the afternoon of Jan. 16. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The city of Lakeway began a soft launch of its new website the afternoon of Jan. 16. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

People logging on to the official website for the city of Lakeway on the afternoon of Jan. 16 may notice some stark changes to the interface.

Lakeway Communications Director Jarod Wise spearheaded the revamp. Prior to the soft launch Thursday, Wise asserted that everything previously on the site will remain but will now occupy different spaces within the interface.

"The functionality has improved with this new design," Wise said. "Plus, it's more welcoming."

Changes to the site include a more functional city calendar that makes it easier for users to toggle between meetings and events. Additionally, there will be a message from the mayor, the city's social media accounts are now linked to the page, and video messages from various departments will be featured.

Wise said he has been working on the new design for several months, and the website could still introduce more features as city staff and users provide suggestions.


Wise will present the new design to City Council during its regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 21.

"There will probably be a few bugs in the beginning as we rearrange things and make sure it all fits right," Wise said. "But again, we're just trying to make it more user-friendly and give it more of a welcoming feel when you go to it."
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.


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