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The Municipality of Póvoa de Varzim “takes another step in the digital age” with new municipal website.

The municipality of Póvoa de Varzim has a new web portal that “maintains its tradition of quality, consolidating its position of prestige and reference among local government e-services.
Published on 2014-04-29

The launch of Póvoa de Varzim’s new municipal website was presented in an event held at City Hall, gathering some of the top city councilors. Eurotux is responsible for the development and implementation of the portal, as well as for the migration process of all content, in order for all citizens and other users to gain access to new features while retaining access to that old portal’s content.

The heterogeneity and considerable volume of contents provided by the portal, combined with the large number of page hits, demand a technological solution that provides high performance while allowing for easy and effective management of the portal. The choice fell upon Plone, one of the most advanced and popular content management systems, featuring its flexibility, performance and customization, providing high levels of usability, accessibility, security and scalability.

Features were added in order to enhance web browsing, highlighting automatic translation to several languages, integration with several main social networks, instant search results, a weather widget and the responsive layout that automatically adapts the portal to different devices. The design has evolved, and along with aesthetic improvements, it allows for a more streamlined and intuitive experience.

During the final stages of the project, Eurotux’s experts held a training session that encompassed the portal’s configuration, content management for different sections, the presentation of the different views provided, and the distribution of newsletters, transmitting the necessary know-how and technical skills for managing the portal.

Francisco Casanova, the city mayor’s chief of staff, unveiled the municipality’s new web portal, stating that it was the result of “a serious, balanced, innovative and dynamic job, based on a wide ranging audience and representing, at the end of 8 years of existence, nearly 4 million viewers and more than 12 million page views”, and that “the new municipal portal is more modern, more visual, more informative, more flexible, more interactive, and more user friendly. It is also even closer to everyone, by connecting with social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Youtube, and Issuu) and uses a system that adapts to different mobile and stationary electronic platforms.”


About Póvoa de Varzim

Póvoa de Varzim is a city in the northern region of Portugal and sub-region of the Greater Metropolitan Area of Porto. Located on a sandy coastal plain, halfway between the Minho and Douro rivers, it is the seventh largest urban area in Portugal and third largest in the country’s northern region. It is one of Northern Portugal’s urban centers and central to the neighbouring municipalities of Vila do Conde and Esposende.