State Website Platform

Why do we need a state website platform?

Citizens often interact with state government through agency websites. This has led to the creation of over 160 websites by North Dakota state agencies, boards, and commissions. These sites have been developed in an uncoordinated manner, from both a technology and a business perspective. The current disjointed development method has contributed to numerous problems:

  • Website creation and maintenance is resource intensive, leaving many agencies without the fiscal and staffing resources to upgrade their websites.
  • Resources invested into individual sites do not benefit the enterprise, leading to redundant spending and duplicate effort.
  • The use of multiple content management systems (CMS) and versions with a limited overall patching strategy poses a cybersecurity risk.
  • Drastically different theming and structure across state websites provides a less than desired and inconsistent experience for government-citizen interaction.

These issues are not uncommon to government, which is why many states have implemented an enterprise website platform. Following the general models used by Georgia, Arizona, and others, North Dakota's platform:

  • Enables agencies to have modern, feature rich websites for a fraction of the current cost.
  • Allows agencies to craft their own identity while still maintaining an overall state brand across sites. This is done by standardizing certain website elements while giving agencies control over other elements.
  • Consists of a single code base that is continually patched and improved. Since each site on the platform uses the same code base, any resources invested into the platform benefit every site.
  • Is built on an open-source content management system, Drupal, which eliminates licensing fees, benefits from an open-source community, and still provides opportunities for vendor support if desired. 

Example Sites

Associated Rates

Title Current Rate Current One Time Fee
State Website Platform

The State Website Platform allows agencies to have full-featured websites for $35/mo without any additional up-front development costs or ongoing maintenance fees.