Listed below are the answers to our most commonly asked questions.
- Q: Are there ever any upgrade or maintenance fees?
No way! Our hosted solution is continually being improved, so all upgrades and improvements are available to you automatically.
- Q: Can we keep our current website address?
Absolutely. We’ll help you redirect your domain name to your new website so your customers can continue to find you at the same web address as before.
- Q: Do we have to move our email service, too?
No–it’s usually easiest to keep using the email service you currently have. But if you do need email service then we recommend Gmail (a free Google service) and are happy to help you set it up.
- Q: Do we need to have a hosting account for our site?
No. Our website solution is completely hosted with a premier server provider. So there is no need for you to maintain additional website hosting.
- Q: How does having a website save us money? Won’t having a website just create more work for me?
Great question. For starters, a professional website gives your customers 24/7 access to calendar and events, forms and reports, rates and policies, alerts, news, conservation tips, and bill payment information. By making all this information available online, you increase customer satisfaction and minimize the support calls you receive. Also, if you’re able to post certain documents online instead of sending them out by mail, then the money you save on postage alone will often pay for your website many times over. Furthermore, offering online bill payments (optional) helps streamline your collections. These are just a few ways.
- Q: How exactly do I make edits to my site?
- Q: How much does a utility website cost? Do you have lower or higher priced options?
All Municipal Impact websites come packed with powerful, easy to use features. Pricing is tiered, based on population. We offer two subscription plans. Monthly Subscription prices begin at $39.95 per month. Or you can choose to save money on our Annual Plan. A one-time website set up fee of $295 will get your new website launched in 3 business days! See our Pricing page for complete information.
Note: Please allow 5-7 business days for transfer of content from existing websites.
- Q: How much will it cost us to offer Online Bill Pay?
Want to offer an online bill payment solution to your residents? One size does not fit all and that certainly applies to the world of online bill pay. Most online bill pay provider offer different levels of service with different bells and whistles and different costs associated with these services.
Don't know where to start? Let Municipal Impact refer you to some of the best online bill payment providers in the industry. We encourage all of our website subscribers to educate themselves in the various costs involved and find a provider that is the right fit for their community. Take a look at our Online Bill Payment page for more information.
- Q: How reliable is your hosting? Will our website be secure and backed up regularly?
Our servers reside in state-of-the-art fiber optic network operations centers and have redundant, high-speed connections to the Internet backbone. All your data is secure and all files are backed up on a daily basis. Our platform and customer sites are stored with a premier hosting provider. In the event of a power outage, backup generators and uninterruptible power supplies are in place to ensure seamless service for you and your customers. As a result, we are able to provide a 99.9% uptime guarantee for your website.
- Q: How soon will our site be ready?
After subscribing and submitting your brief Municipal Profile, your site will be launched within three business days! Yep! You read correctly! 3 Days! Need help transferring content from your old site to your new Municipal Impact site? Bring it on! We will happily assist you with the whole process.
- Q: I don’t know the first thing about setting up a website. How exactly do I get started?
That’s okay, you won’t believe how simple we’ve made it for you! To get your Municipal Impact website started, click Sign Up at the top, choose your subscription plan, and complete the payment form. Then, submit the brief Website Subscriber Profile. The whole process takes about 5 minutes or less. We promise!
- Q: Is this too good to be true? How can you afford to charge so little for your service AND to provide unlimited customer support?
We love hearing that question Frankly, we worked very hard to anticipate the the needs of small cities and towns. We have made our platform so easy to use, our customers actually have very little need for additional support. That said, we are always here 24/7/365 to help with anything you need. Unlimited customer service is always and forever.
- Q: What if I already have online billing through another provider?
Not a problem—We’ll link your new site to your existing bill payment provider at no extra charge.
- Q: What if I need help with my site?
We provide unlimited customer support. Just call us at 1-888-551-4815 or email us any time. We’re here to help!
- Q: What if we already have a website but would like to move it?
That’s great! We’ll show you how easy it is to move your info to your new Municipal Impact website, or we’ll even assist you with that tedious process at no extra charge :-)
- Q: What if we decide to cancel?
We understand that peace of mind is important, so we made that easy, too. If at any time you wish to cancel your account, simply contact us and let us know. We will cancel your account, and you won’t be billed ever again.
- Q: When I need extra help making a change to my website, where do I go?
From your private Client Dashboard, click the “HELP” button to access our online HELP SECTION. Or, you always have the option of contacting us via email or phone and we’re very glad to assist you.
- Q: Will I be able to add my own photos to my website?
Certainly. Photos, forms, documents, web links… you can have it all. Step-by-step instructions are located in your website Client Dashboard.
- Q: Will it require any special skill for me to maintain my site?
No. We’ve made it extremely easily for you to make updates, our online “Help” section is there for you, and we also provide unlimited customer support free of charge.
- Q: Will our customers be able to pay their bills online on our new website?
Yes, they can if you elect to offer Online Bill Payment as a service. Simply contact us or make sure to request Online Bill Payment information as you sign up. Check out our Online Bill Payment page for related information.
- Q: Does my Municipality really need a website? Many of our customers don’t even use the internet.
The world continues to change rapidly. As high-speed internet service continues to expand into rural areas, more and more of your customers will prefer to go online for municipal information and/or to pay their bills. So at the very least, having a public website also allows you to post up-to-date information and can even help your municipality maintain compliance in certain instances.
What our customers say…
"I wanted to take a minute to let you know how much the Village of Mt. Zion loves Municipal Impact and our new website. You product is exactly what we needed. It is user friendly, reliable and such a breath of fresh air compared to other websites we have had in the past. My staff and I now have more time to devote to other projects. The best part of the website is how it allows us to keep our residents informed. Because it is so user friendly, my staff is excited and they have been updating it constantly. Thank you for such a wonderful product."
- Julie Miller, Village Administrator
Village of Mt. Zion