UPDATE: The new rating is up in the 90’s now, so we are gaining steam. I’m glad to see that the site is performing better! But they need to work on the search engines.

I didn’t have high expectations for the new city website, siouxfalls.gov. Even if they chose a good vendor and spent (I think $250K) on the redesign, I knew there would be all kinds of ways they would make it difficult for citizens to access the site.

It’s overall performance rating is 37%. A web developer told me with the kind of money the taxpayers spent on this redesign, and the use of actual coders, the website should have an overall rating of 90% or higher.

Besides it’s awful performance, they have hidden the agenda page. When you first click on the link all you get is a calendar with no reference to where the agendas are (you have to scroll all the way to the bottom, and it uses very useless and frustrating double scroll bars instead of direct links to the meetings.)

There is also NO livestream on the main page (something I suggested they do). Citylink should just be constantly streaming at the top of the page when you open up the site, or at least a quick link to it. As you can see, it is NOT working at all (once you find the page, which took me multiple searches). Some have said that I should give a few more weeks while they tweak it, but I am sorry, they should NOT have launched a site that is NOT working yet.

The search engine is almost non-functioning. I did 10 different searches for common public documents and got ZERO results.

Like I said above, I am not surprised the website turned out like this, they are just making things harder for citizens to access our government, and this website is a shining example of their lack of transparency and open government.

City websites should not be a graphic show pony, it should be a functioning, searchable site with access to vids, agendas and most importantly DATA!

It amazes me that the mayor, who ran a web development company would except this new format as a success. Just more of our money in a burn barrel.

7 Thoughts on “UPDATE: City of Sioux Falls new website an even bigger POS then before

  1. Scott D Hudson on November 18, 2023 at 11:48 am said:

    While I agree with everything else you say, I despise autoplay videos on sites. So no to the auto-livestream.

  2. I guess we should have elected a qualified professional web developer to the mayor’s office so it could be implemented properly with great new colors and pretty pictures?

  3. no surprise here

  4. Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on November 20, 2023 at 2:30 pm said:

    Maybe they should stick to doxxing.

  5. D@ily Spin on November 20, 2023 at 4:35 pm said:

    Here’s a technology mayor who’s failed 3 times with a city web site. How about call ‘The Geek Squad’ or any high school gamer?

  6. "Woodstock" on November 20, 2023 at 8:04 pm said:

    “‘The Geek Squad’ lost all credibility, if you ask me, when they stopped running around town in one those little white and black VW Bugs”….. “They were cute”…. “It was as if ‘Herbie’ had gone to college”….

  7. D@ily Spin on November 21, 2023 at 10:53 am said:

    Perhaps the city web site has become an attack for ransom ware. Considering city budget waste and TIF corruption, time for ‘HACK IT BACK’?

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