California Lutheran University
4 comments | Posted: 27 February 07 in Featured, by Nathan Smith
I happened upon this site via a link from a blog, and was pleasantly surprised to see a Christian/Lutheran university with a strong web presence. After a bit of research, I learned that Justin Barkhuff, Erik Hagen and Michael Adams were some of the guys on the web-dev team involved in building it. What I like about this site are the bold colors, strong grid, and attention to typography. From a technical standpoint, the site is valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional, to allow for some of the code which would otherwise be deprecated in a Strict
- lacking block-level wrappers of
Most of those are negligible details, and could be easily fixed to bring this site up to XHTML 1.0 Strict. As it stands though, it validates just fine as Transitional. Unlike many sites which feature both Flash and drop-downs, this site does it well and does not have any breakage when the menus overlap the animation.
I love that no matter what part of the site you are on, the branding remains intact. This is rare even for larger universities. The college I attended, WSU is pretty terrible about giving each sub-department control over their own look and feel. Cal Lutheran maintains a consistent user experience throughout. Even their sports site, CLUsports.com adheres to the university’s established visual identity.
This site is definitely a gem, and I am glad that I inadvertently discovered it. More schools could and should have sites as nice and cohesive as this. It’s nice to see that a Christian university is leading the way in web standards.
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