When it comes to website design, the Obama White House was not known for doing so efficiently or cheaply. Those with long memories of insurance exchanges can attest to this.
Apparently, this kind of profligacy extends to other web portals as well. And President Trump’s administration is going to save $3,000,000 by nuking the current design of Whitehouse.gov and unveiling a new one.
According to the Washington Examiner, the new White House website will debut this Friday.
The redesign was part of a “a months-long reconstruction process that aimed to bring the Trump administration’s digital presence up to current standards,” an official told the Examiner.
“The old site was a good temporary measure that allowed us to use what the previous administration had built, but it wasn’t where it needed to be in terms of providing people with content they can easily access,” the official is quoted as saying.
“It adapts the U.S. web design standards and uses a style that is clean, simple and presidential,” the official said.
Among the improvements: “in-depth policy updates,” search tools that can help users filter content better, and a look that’s “much cleaner.”
And all of that costs 60 percent less than what it used to.
“We will save taxpayers almost $3 million per year as a result of the redesigned site,” the official said.
“The president is focused on making smart use of taxpayer dollars and we thought that the previous site was, frankly, costing far too much.”
As for the savings? Well, security and maintenance were a major part of the cost of the old website, which the source said cost $6 million per year,
“We are now saving more than 60 percent of that number per year,” they added.
Three million dollars doesn’t exactly sound like a lot, at least not for the federal government and/or a real housewife of New Jersey.
However, when it comes to taxpayer-funded websites, saving 60 percent is a pretty big deal.
It’s certainly more than the 15 percent Geico keeps promising you. However, it seems like it took the Trump administration a bit longer than 15 minutes — and that’s a very good thing.