State unveils revamped website


Staff Report

The state has revamped its website with features meant to make mobile browsing easier, improve search functions and personalize content.

State officials announced the site’s facelift on Thursday.

But those who went to the site right away found a photo of New York and one of Indianapolis that still included the old Hoosier Dome, which was torn down in 2008 to make room for a convention center expansion.

Erin Blasko, city government reporter for the South Bend Tribune, tweeted screenshots of the mistakes. A call to the spokesman for the Office of Technology, Graig Lubsen, was not immediately returned.

With more than 5 million unique visitors every month, users of are spending an average of about 10 minutes per visit. That’s up about 52 percent from 2013-2014.

The goal of the new site is to increase user-friendliness. A new portal makes it easier to find information quickly with changes including improved search functionality, simplified site navigation and more information on the homepage determined by an analysis of user patterns.

Users looking for a more personalized site can go to where they’ll have the option of selecting specific content including agencies, services or news.

The Travel Advisory section is also new, which lists the travel status by county. People with a account can also opt into emails that will notify them of any travel restrictions for the counties selected.

With a major focus on local content users can also now use the site to look up meth hot spots, which can be especially helpful for potential homebuyers. School information is also searchable with statistics including graduation rates.

The site is live and has more than 200 online services available to users. is a news service powered by Franklin College journalism students.


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