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Implementing the Plan

Once you've laid the groundwork for your site, it's time to implement your ideas. Building your project one component at a time reduces risk and raises confidence. Results can be seen and evaluated more rapidly, and lessons from one phase can be applied to the next. Try to stay flexible and experiment with new methods for implementing subsequent phases.

To outsource or not to outsource

There are two ways to get your information on the Internet: load the site on a municipal computer and acquire a connection to the Internet, or contract with an outside organization to host your site and make it available to the public.

One large town already had a server and hosts its site in-house. Another city started with an ISP but plans to bring the site to its own server within the next year or two. The rest of the participants use an ISP to host their site. Each is appropriate in different situations and has its own costs and benefits.