The City of Akron's website has a new look today.
It's a revamp the city actually started looking at in 2009, but that was put off by the recession.
Mayor Don Plusquellic says city residents can get easier access to information and services, but they aren't the only audience for the new website.
"Then, visitors coming here who need information," Plusquellic said at a Wednesday news conference. "Certainly, business owners looking at what's available, if they are considering and they've heard about Akron in far away places. And then employees of those businesses who need information."
The new site's debut is unrelated to recent hacker attacks on the city's old site.
City chief information officer Rick Schmahl tells AkronNewsNow that the city's existing web apps are coming online one by one after penetration testing.
Schmahl says the design of the new site - by its nature - reduces the dependence on web apps, removing a potential hacker target.
"It's no longer database driven for us to post bid requests that businesses might need to bid on," Schmahl explains. "Instead, we can just post that out there as a regular web page."
Schmahl says as far as the city knows, no one lost anything due to the hack of the Akron site by the "TurkishAjan" group. A couple of cases were thought to be possibly related, but turned out not to be linked to the hacker group.