Hancock considers starting its own website

September 12, 2010|By DON AINES

HANCOCK -- Hancock does not have its own website, but the town council is thinking about changing that.

The Hancock Town Council on Wednesday heard a presentation on what it would take to enter the world of .govs and .orgs.

"We've been talking about starting a government website," Councilman Dennis Hudson said Wednesday before the presentation by Norma Kolson of DatAchieve Digital.

The town government does have a page on the Hancock Chamber of Commerce site, and the creation of its own site would be to complement, not compete, with what the Chamber has already done, Mayor Daniel Murphy said.


There are a number of domain extensions -- .gov, .org, .net and .com among them -- from which the town could choose, Kolson said, but the annual fee for a .gov. extension is $125 a year, several times more than the other extensions.

"I would recommend a .org for you," Kolson told the council.

The council asked her to look into whether the .gov extension provided any advantages over the others.

The cost of her company designing and building a website would be $1,800 to $3,500, depending on the features it included, Kolson said. The annual change for hosting and maintaining the site would be $300 to $420, she said.

"If you can do a word-processing program, you can do content management," Kolson told the council members.

Town staff would easily be able to update the site and updates would automatically go out on Twitter, Facebook and other accounts, she said.

The site could be registered with all the major search engines, such as Google and Yahoo, Kolson said.

She recommended the website be mobile-accessible, as iPhones and other smart phones are becoming increasingly common. A site could also include private password-protected pages for security, a tool to allow users to register for events, visitor activity tracking and other features, she said.

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