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The newspaper article below exposes the true cost of using CivicPlus to build and host a large municipal website, and also the enormous cost of trying to replace a CivicPlus website with a "roll-your-own" solution using open-source software and custom programming from scratch. The result was one whopper of a bill ($233,800) for the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Santa Fe was desperate to get away from their website provider CivicPlus. So desperate in fact, that they hired a local company to build a new website based on an open-source PHP-based CMS. My guess is that they did this so that they could “own” the code. But owning code isn’t all it is cracked up to be if you have to pay developers for debugging, feature additions, and maintenance. The site also took over a year to build. 

Another whopper in the article is the revelation that CivicPlus was charging Santa Fe over $30,000 per year to host the website. That is an absurd cost for website hosting. Even if Santa Fe had a dedicated server environment, that cost was still too high. We have witnessed very small municipalities paying over $5000 per year to CivicPlus simply for hosting, and now they are quoting their hosting as part of multi-year agreements, which traps their customers (like Santa Fe). Being locked-in was one of the reasons why Santa Fe wanted to leave CivicPlus. 

The issues that Santa Fe, NM faced with CivicPlus and their local web development company represent cautionary tales that have heard before. We look carefully at stories like this and the feedback we hear from municipalities to determine how we might best improve our products and services.  In 2014, we will release our next major update to our website management platform for municipalities. It is a MAJOR update to our platform that we have been working on since July, 2013. It will open new markets for us, and it will leapfrog the other competitors in this space. 

We will beat any quote from CivicPlus, Vision Internet, Revize, and many other national website development firms that focus on municipalities. Contact us for a quote to rebuild your municipal website and save tens of thousands of dollars, stay on-time with your project deadlines, and save thousands in hosting. Our quote form is right on our website at www.evogov.com.
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New concept we just built for the new website for the City of Bath, Maine. We are working on multiple new city websites right now. If we can give your municipality a quote, please let us know.
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We are relaunching the Evogov.com website with our new TypeSight.com EvoGov platform this week. 
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Just posted our news for January on our website. We hired a new VP and we won several new projects. Plus, get inside information on our next CMS platform.
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Our concept for the Town of Plymouth, Connecticut was recently approved. The new website will go live soon. With the new year now here, we will have new projects to share shortly. 
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New article from EvoGov Founder, John McKown.

http://www.johnmckown.com/rfp/
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We build great websites for local government agencies, associations, utility companies, and non-profits.
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EvoGov's mission is to become the leader in website development and hosting for municipalities, agencies, associations, and schools. 

We have developed our own cloud-based platform for managing municipal websites online. 

If your organization is interested in upgrading digital communication and content strategy through websites, mobile applications and tools for e-government to better serve citizens, local businesses, future tenants and visitors, we would love to talk to you!
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