Claremore - Disciples of Christ
3 comments | Posted: 7 February 07 in Featured, by Nathan Smith
This site was posted in the Godbit forum awhile ago, and has been undergoing gradual iterative improvements. It was designed and coded by Carl Camera and runs on his ASP.NET driven CMS – Vine Type. While I know next to nothing about the Microsoft’s .NET framework (being more into PHP myself), I think that anyone can appreciate the fact that Carl gives half of all Vine Type proceeds to the children of Guatemala. The system is also free for personal use.
As for the Claremore site itself, what I like is that it takes a quaint, community centered approach. For some reason, I think of a friendly neighborhood cafe or bed-and-breakfast. I can’t help but think of the song from the show Cheers:
Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came. You wanna be where you can see: Our troubles are all the same… – Full lyrics
Cheesy references to 1980’s television aside, I think that the approach Carl has taken with this design speak well of the church. The logo, while being highly liturgical in its depiction of the cross and chalice, is balanced well by the playful text and photo of the playfully happy child. The site seems to say – We respect liturgy about Christianity, but don’t take ourselves too seriously.
I also like the four buttons to the bottom-left, answering common questions that newcomers might have. It’s not often that you see a “What to wear” guide on a church site, yet it is a subconscious dilemma as a visitor – not wanting be under or overdressed. On the FAQ page, the answer is reassuring:
Come as you are, you are welcome in our church.
We want you to be comfortable in worship.
The site as a whole is a good effort by Carl, and a testament to the fact that if done right, .NET and web standards can play nicely together. If you happen to be on a Windows web server, you might consider checking out Vine Type as a possible option for your church’s content management system.
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