The new Rome-Floyd County government joint website is set to go live in the coming weeks after all of the different departments finish reviewing their respective pages.
It will bring an end to the occasional red error messages that pop up on the current site, according to Johnny Bunch, director of information technology for the city.
“We have some errors and those will eventually clear up,” Bunch said. “It’s sporadic and we’re so close to the new one going up, we’re not going to put any more money in the old one.”
The new website is designed and built by local developer SAI Digital, and Bunch said the software will be more reliable than what they currently use.
“We’re in the phase where the city and county employees are going over their pages,” Bunch said. “When we make sure all of the information is correct and all the links work, then management will make a decision when they want to open it up to the public.”
He said they are looking at a full launch in the next two weeks if all goes well.
“Everybody wants to get it out as quick as we can. And we’re so close,” Bunch said.
Personnel in the different city and county departments will be able to directly update their respective pages on the new site, giving them the opportunity to provide new information on a more regular basis.
Bunch said since the website is hosted on a server separate from the governments’ network, any hacking attempt would only affect the functionality of the website and not compromise their internal network and information.
The constant backup done on the website also means anything that is affected could be restored by Bunch and his department.
City and county officials have said the new site will make it easier for visitors to find the information they need.
It will also allow residents to enter their address and receive personalized information about the local services available to them, such as water and garbage pickup.
The new site will be easily read on a mobile device and link with the city’s MyRome app for reporting public works issues or getting information.