Gov.uk is The Future of Boring Government Web Sites

By Gary Cutlack on at

The UK government has launched the first public beta test version of its newly built web site Gov.uk, which aims to save around £50m per year in costs by combining all the government's current sites into one massive new super-web-presence.

After clicking the warning that the site's still in test mode and that some of its information may be plain wrong, users are greeted by a simple front page that's basically just a search box and list of popular tags. It's certainly much more welcoming that than the usual council sites that have you paging through endless lists to try to find what day the binmen are coming round.

Click through to some pages and everything's very minimalist, with acres of white space and large fonts everywhere. It doesn't look very official or serious, which is probably a good thing. [GOV.uk via Telegraph]