OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio – The city hopes to launch its new website next week, after plans to launch it May 1 were pushed back.
The Olmsted Falls government website has been offline since last November when hackers deleted some information and changed other information on the site. Attacks took place on at least two occasions, prompting the city and its then web host to take the site offline until it could be redesigned and made secure. For several months, the site was completely offline. Since early this year, a static webpage offering the City Hall address, phone number and hours of operation has greeted visitors going to olmstedfalls.org.
City officials initially thought a fully functional website would be back about Jan. 1. That was delayed until April 30. Now, city officials believe the site will be live sometime next week.
“The city has made a big investment in this website and it will not go live until everything is right,” Mayor Ann Marie Donegan said. “It has to work and work well, and if that means taking a little extra time, that’s what needs to be done.”
The complexity of the completely overhauled design, backend platform and staff training requirements prompted the launch date delay, Donegan said.
The November breach of the old website led the city to completely redesign the website to make it more secure and better meet the needs of residents and the community, Donegan said.
“We are a first-class community and we need a website that reflects that,” Donegan said.
Residents with additional questions about the website or city services are invited to call 440-235-5550.
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