We’re now blogging on alpha.phila.gov!

Writers from departments across the City of Philadelphia are now blogging about their projects on alpha.phila.gov, the redesign of the city government’s website. Thank you to everyone who read PhillyInnovates over the years. We hope you continue to read our stories on alpha!

alpha.phila.gov – Update #6: Accessibility

It’s important for alpha.phila.gov to be accessible for anyone regardless of physical ability, so we’ve collaborated with the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University to better understand the subject. Program Coordinators Jamie Paoli and Jule Ann Lieberman were kind enough to give us a firsthand account of how legally blind people find information on the…

How we develop and deploy alpha.phila.gov (a WordPress site) to Amazon Web Services

As you may know, we’re building a platform for the delivery of city government services, available for public feedback right now at alpha.phila.gov. We’re starting small but thinking big, so we’re paying some attention now to devops and our overall deploy process. In planning for the development and deployment of alpha.phila.gov I set a couple of requirements:…

alpha.phila.gov – Update #5: Property

The goal in redesigning phila.gov is to build a municipal website that starts with the needs of people who use it. As we dug into our web analytics, it became clear that many Philadelphians come to phila.gov for information about real estate.  Bits and pieces of property information are currently spread about, so one has…