About the Portal
The CA.gov portal serves as the front door to all State department websites, providing immediate access to major topic areas, news, hundreds of online services, and millions of pages of web content. Links to local help directories (e.g., 211, 311, 511) are provided on the homepage. The CA.gov offers online live help/chat, a feedback survey, emergency alerts and advisories, telephone directories and keyword/name searches, email link for questions, and more.
State Portal & Refresh
California undertook a major redesign effort during 2007, bringing hundreds of State departments into a common look-and-feel. This was a significant undertaking, given the size and complexity of the State of California government. Departments were required to refresh their websites by November 1, 2007. In 2012, CA.gov launched its responsible design website for desktop, smartphone, or tablet users. The responsive design template is available on WebTools.
Visitors to CA.gov websites experience consistency. There is an online brand, a common look, tabbed navigation, standardized color palette, and key features in the same place. Tools are available to help State webmasters implement the accessible, CA.gov branded template on WebTools.
Awards and Recognition
Portal Related Documents & Resources
- CA.gov Design Checklist (PDF) – CA.gov checklist
- California In-Touch Vision (PDF) – May 2006
- Memo: Redesign of the California Portal (PDF) – Announcement of the California portal and template standards, January 2007
- Policy and Issues Management Framework: Statewide Portal Project (PDF) – May 2006
- Policy Notice – Website Development Guidelines (PDF) – Policy notice for State website development, January 23, 2007
- Portal eServices Concept Exploration Document (PDF) – April 2007
- Request for Extension or Exemption (DOC) – Use this form to request and extension or exemption from the Statewide template
- Standards – Accessibility, usability, and separation of content