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Redwood City Unveils Redesigned Website

Redwood City, CA - October 14, 2003 - After over a year of behind-the-scenes work by City staff, Redwood City has unveiled its newly redesigned website, which went “live” as of last Sunday night, October 12. The new website is still located at, but has a very different look and feel than the previous version, which had not been significantly changed since it was created nearly five years ago.

“It was sufficient in its time, but the old website didn’t really meet our high standards of being easy to navigate, user-friendly, and visually appealing” said Ed Everett, City Manager. “The website needed an overhaul that would promote a consistent image, reflect the City’s core purpose and values, and offer the community a more effective means of obtaining information and becoming engaged with the City. With over 77% of Redwood City citizens connected to the Internet, it was important that we make it an up-to-date tool. This new site does just that.”

The website today is streamlined with a reduced, more manageable number of links on the front page. There are four sets of alternating photos on the front page to keep it fresh to the repeat visitor, and its graphics have been selected to evoke the concept of “the community of Redwood City.” The new site includes an “I Want To” menu offering quick links to the most-requested pages or functions, and a “Hot Topics” menu for immediate access to the top issues of the day. There’s a new site map, an improved search engine, links to the most recent news releases as well as previous releases, and a centralized events calendar, making this website easier to use, more appealing, and simply more useful.

With the thousands of files available on the City’s website, the process of converting all of them from the old format to the new format will continue for some time. One of the features of a highly-used website is its dynamic nature and its constant state of being upgraded and improved, so visitors to the City’s website will continue to see it evolve and change to meet the ongoing needs of the community of Redwood City.

Visit Redwood City’s new website at for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and City government.

Contact: Malcolm Smith
Public Communications Manager
(650) 780-7305



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