Website's accessibility rating is top notch
North East Lincolnshire Council's website has been ranked as the best in the country - and that's official!
The website - www.nelincs.gov.uk, - which got a new look in November 2011, is now the most usable and accessible local government website in the country, according to the latest national rankings.
The results come in the latest quarterly tables of SiteMorse-www.sitemorse.com- , a national usability ratings website, and shows the council as the top performer in local councils across the UK. Earlier this year, the website was the highest climber in the rankings, leaping to second out of 429 councils and now it's hit the number one spot.
SiteMorse, which also benchmarks financial and other sector organisations, rates websites based on code quality, accessibility and performance. In layman’s terms, the higher the score, the easier the website is to use.
Last year, almost 720,000 people visited the council website, with 2.3m page views.
Iain Lovell, the Council's Head of Communications, said: "This is terrific news for our users and shows the progress which has been made to make it as easy as possible for people to access our site to find out about our services for residents and businesses and the area itself.''
Re-vamping the website included improvements to the navigation system and layout of pages to ensure that the most popular council services are the most prominent and a new layout, splitting the navigation into three groups of information – residential, business, and council information such as democracy.