Second phase of GOV.UK launches

The Government Digital Service (GDS) has launched the second phase of the single domain website GOV.UK beta.

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The Government Digital Service (GDS) has launched the second phase of the single domain website GOV.UK beta.

Phase two of the beta involves 'Inside government', a new area of the site for people who are interested in finding out how government works and what it is doing.

It will be live for six weeks (from yesterday) to test a custom-built, shared publishing system.

Ten government departments will take part in the initial testing, and all departmental homepages will have a same look, with common navigation and formats. The idea is to make it easier for users to compare information of multiple departments.

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said: "[Digital champion] Martha Lane-Fox was clear in her review that people shouldn't have to wade through the complex structure of government to find what they need and today we move another step closer to a single government domain.

"This will not only make it easier for the public to find what they want but it will also be better value for taxpayers. We have radically reduced the number of existing websites and introduced strict rules for those that remain."

The website has been built using responsive design theory from the start, which means that the site should work on any device screen size, from smartphones to computers.

GDS said that its publishing system is also faster compared to existing systems.

"We road tested our system by asking three people to publish the same page (including some formatted text, a table, some links and images) to GOV.UK, a WordPress blog and Directgov.

"On average, publishing to GOV.UK was 2.5 minutes faster than WordPress and 11 minutes faster than Directgov," said Neil Williams, product manager at GDS.

GDS is inviting feedback on the new part of the website over the next six weeks, and comments can be sent to getsatisfaction.com/govuk or to [email protected].