City launches refreshed website design

Improved mobile access

November 16, 2015 - by Vanessa Blackburn, City Communications Director

The City of Bellingham has redesigned its main website at to make it more visual, mobile friendly, and easier to use.

“More than 30 percent of the City's website users are now using their smart phones or tablets to view the site, and we want to be responsive to that growing trend,” said Information Technology Department Director Marty Mulholland. “The site will now adjust to whatever device you are using, whether it's a smartphone, tablet or ultra-wide screen.”

Besides being more mobile friendly, the redesigned site is much more visual, with hundreds of new photos —  many of them showcasing local photographers from the City's Essence of Bellingham contest. Whether it's the majestic home page photo taken by local legend Tore Ofteness or
AJ Barse's iconic winning shot from last year's Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition, website users will find hundreds of gorgeous images throughout the site.

In keeping with the goal of adding greater value to the public, the City's new website also has a better news release system with the ability to subscribe and include visual content, more robust search tools, and new and improved content in some areas, especially in the Police Department. Because of some of the new content, our regular users should be aware that links to many City webpages have changed. It may be necessary to update bookmarks in browsers, and other agencies with links to City webpages may need to update to new links.

“In addition to improving the usability of the site, our customers and users still have access to all the great content they rely on,” said Communications Director Vanessa Blackburn. “We at the City value and believe in the spirit of open government, and that includes making vast amounts of data available to the citizens of Bellingham.”

For questions or concerns about the new website, please contact Vanessa Blackburn at or (360) 778-8115. For technical support, contact the Information Technology Services Department at

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​Vanessa Blackburn
Communications Director
(360) 778-8115

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