New site has responsive web design for multiple platforms

Office of the Governor

HELENA – The state on Nov. 29 launched a major redesign of its official website, mt.gov. The new site uses responsive web design technology, allowing it to adjust the content layout for varying sizes of digital screens, including mobile devices.

The new site also has an increased emphasis on searching capabilities, which will make it easier to navigate with a mobile device like a Smartphone or tablet.

“This will enable the state website to have greater functionality for more people,” said Gov. Brian Schweitzer in a press release. “We’ve seen how the industry is changing and knew we needed to adapt to all new platforms available to Montanans.”

Industry experts have predicted that mobile devices will overtake desktop devices for Internet usage as soon as 2014. Site statistics for mt.gov show that mobile device usage has increased from 3 percent in March 2011 to nearly 20 percent in October 2012.

The latest in web technology detects the kind of device being used (such as a Smartphone, tablet, traditional laptop or desktop computer) and presents that device with a suitable content layout.

The state is encouraging visitors to give feedback on the new site using the ‘Contact Us’ link at the bottom of the mt.gov page.