How do so many metro cities end up with identical Web sites?

There are 4 comments on the May 31, 2008, TwinCities.com story titled How do so many metro cities end up with identical Web sites?. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Visit the city of Bayport's Web site and you will see colorful foliage and a couple strolling alongside a rustic fence.

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Since: Feb 08

Big Lake, MN

#1 Jun 1, 2008
As a Web developer and New Media Specialist, it is up to the Web developer to educate the clients in what to do and how to do it, AND how easy using a content management systems really is.

The problem is, most clients are way too busy to make even minor changes, that's one reason why they hired the work out in the first place. The Web sites with little or no changes are a good example of what happens when you place the responsibility of updating in the hands of an overworked junior administrative assistant.

Lastly, regarding the tips from the Web design firm. The tips on how to make your city's online presence helpful. The tips about fresh and easy to read content are valid, but what the heck is a magazine look? Hot models? Glossy photos? Tips on sex?

Visitors don't care about unnecessary crap, like "interactive tools." All visitors want is to get the information they need, and possibly pay for their services online. The rest is a waste of money that come out of the pocket of the taxpayer.

The best Web design firms give their clients what they need, not what they THINK their clients need.

Since: Apr 08

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Jun 1, 2008
So, they're saving tax dollars by using free templates. That's a bad thing in what way?
MinnCynic

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Jun 2, 2008
This is a very funny article. Several years ago there was a picture of a nice-looking couple and their kids that showed up in a lot of cheap advertising. They were a pleasant-looking crew -- not glamorous, but the kind of folks you hope to have for neighbors. Although they were apparently too busy shilling stuff to show up at neighborhood barbecues.
twinhoods

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Jun 2, 2008
Metro cities have become just urban sprawl extentions of a Mpls. or St.Paul thanks to non-local housing and planning decisions causing a loss of suburbs keeping small town atmospheres, so what's the big deal if their websites look the same? They are the same.

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