Digital.gov helps people in the U.S. government deliver better, more accessible digital services through publishing essential guidance, resources, tools, and online events that make it easier for people to design, build, and deliver essential services for the public.
For over a decade, Digital.gov has provided guidance, training, and community support to the people who are responsible for delivering digital services in the U.S. government. Essentially, it is a place where people can find examples of problems being solved in government, and get links to the tools and resources they need.
Through collaboration in our communities of practice, Digital.gov is a window into the people who work in technology in government and the challenges they face making digital services stronger and more effective. Read more about our site »
Start with real user needs — We used human-centered design methods to inform our product decisions (like qualitative user research), and gathered feedback from real users. We also continually test our assumptions with small experiments.
Earn trust —We recognize that trust has to be earned every time. We are including all required links and content on our site, clearly identifying as a government site, building with modern best practices, and using https.
Embrace accessibility — Accessibility affects everybody, and we built it into every decision. We’re continually working to conform to Section 508 requirements, use user experience best practices, and support a wide range of devices.
Promote continuity — We started from shared solutions like USWDS and Federalist. We designed our site to clearly identify as a government site by including USWDS’s .gov banner, common colors and patterns, and built with modern best practices.
Listen — We actively collect user feedback and web metrics. We use the Digital Analytics Program (DAP) and analyze the data to discover actionable insights. We make small, incremental changes to continuously improve our website by listening to readers and learning from what we hear.
We didn’t start from scratch. We built and designed the Digital.gov using many of the open-source tools and services that we develop for government here in the Technology Transformation Services (TTS).
Using services that make it possible to design, build, and iterate quickly are essential to modern web design and development, which is why Federalist and the U.S. Web Design System are such a great combination.
Why Hugo? Well, with around ~3,000 files (and growing) and ~9,000 built pages, we needed a site generator that could handle that volume with lightning fast speed.
Hugo was the clear option. The Federalist team quickly added it to their available site generators, and we were off.
At the moment, it takes around 32 seconds to build close to ~10,000 pages!
Take a look:
Paginator pages |600
Non-page files |108
Static files |851
Processed images |0
Built in 32.427 seconds
In addition to Hugo, we are proudly using a number of other tools and services, all built by government are free to use: