TAMPA -- Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Bob Henriquez has taken another major step in the modernization of his office and improved service to the public by launching the first-ever mobile version of the HCPA website.
The mobile website comes less than 15 months after Henriquez unveiled a complete renovation of the full HCPA website and is in recognition of the growing trend toward mobile web browsing.
"When I took office in 2013, we knew one of our first jobs was to replace our aging website with a modern, user-friendly one," Henriquez said. "With that completed, we have been able to address the growing needs of citizens who access our website and its tremendous data on their smartphones and other mobile devices."
While the HCPA's full site (www.hcpafl.org) still offers the type of responsiveness needed for use on mobile devices, the new mobile site is specifically designed for smartphones. The easy-to-use site automatically detects users who are visiting the full site on a smartphone and, once the user performs a map or property search, redirects them to the streamlined mobile site (http://gis.hcpafl.org/mobilesearch/).
If users prefer to access the full HCPA website on their phone, they can simply tap the "Link to Full Site" message found at the bottom of every mobile site page. The mobile site is not intended to have all the same functionality as the full site and, instead, is designed to help citizens quickly identify the details of properties while on the go.
With this in mind, one of the standout features of the mobile site is its ability to pinpoint a user's precise location. This is especially useful for an individual or real estate professional that is on site at a property searching for such details as number of bedrooms and baths, last sale date and lot size. With one tap of the mobile site's compass icon found on the map page, the user's location is displayed on the map and nearby parcels and their details are easily identifiable.
For more information on this and other features of the mobile site, please visit the HCPA Mobile Site Quick-Start Guide.