DC.Gov for the People - Responsive Design Now!

07/22/2015 - 13:00-07/22/2015 - 13:45
Room G1/G2
Session Track: 

Site Building

Learn how to leverage the flexibility of Drupal to deliver experiences in nearly limitless ways. See how you are able to do this—often without code and relying on the ever-expanding universe of contributed modules.


DC.Gov is the District of Columbia's government web portal. The portal consists of over 100 websites, including over 80 agency websites. In 2014, it had 29 million visits from 14 million visitors. It won the 2014 Best of the Web award for City Government Web Portals from the Center for Digital Government.

In 2009, less than 2% of the traffic to DC.Gov was from a mobile device. By 2014, 30% of the traffic was from a tablet or mobile device. And the growth in the percentage of mobile access continues to grow in 2015. Governments who fail to take this growth in mobile usage into account will fail to provide adequate service to residents and businesses. It is becoming a normative expectation and government websites must account for that. In addition, responsive design is an important component in bridging the digital divide that residents without adequate access to desktop computers face when trying to access government information and services.

The District introduced responsive design for DC.Gov in 2014 and is now engaged in a fullscale project to implement responsive design for all agency websites. Come and hear about our progress and challenges of implementing this critical functionality.