When a government website goes down, how do they get back up?

Government websites house vital information for tourists, community organisations and government employees. Each of those things were on the mind of the Haywood County Government, USA, as they thought about a refresh for their old, dated website.

CASE STUDY:#246COMPANY:Haywood County, TennesseeDATE:2022DELIVERABLES:Design, Development, Support & Maintenance

Haywood Government Web Design

Government websites are important

Nestled in rural western Tennessee, Haywood County is near the middle ground of two large American cities—Memphis and Nashville—known for their musical heritage. As Memphis made a name for itself as the home of American blues and Elvis Presley, Nashville spread its wings as a nursery for American folk and country music, and Haywood County sent its fair share of citizens (Sleepy John Estes, Tina Turner) in search of fame, fortune and a name known beyond its native cotton fields and forests.

It’s a historically significant place that until recently had little presence online. There was little information about the county, its musical history or its opportunities for new businesses on the official government website. But thanks to collaboration between their officials and our team of web designers, that has changed.

The client required a pair of similarly designed websites, one for Haywood County, the other for Brownsville/Haywood Chamber of Commerce. Both sites were built and worked on in unison.

They now have a modern, mobile-friendly website for people to find as they travel the music highway between Memphis and Nashville, it’s attractive to investors, useful to tourists and it stays online for their employees in times of emergency.

To ensure that this vital website is always online, we hosted it on our cloud-based hosting platform, Potato Care, which handles maintenance and provides uptimes of better than 99%.


Our experience of Metal Potato has been exceptional. We’d like to thank them for all their hard work and the hours spent redesigning the County website, often at unsociable hours. Highly recommended.
Alicia Russell — Project Lead, Haywood County Tennessee