Dallas Theological Seminary
4 comments | Posted: 23 August 06 in Featured, by Nathan Smith
While I was in Wilmore, Kentucky at Asbury Theological Seminary working as a student webmaster, was when I first started talking to John Dyer, who is a web developer at Dallas Theological Seminary. At the time, he was developing an alumni tracker using the Google Maps API, to show where their graduates had gone off to serve in various ministerial capacities. He showed it to me, and let me know that we could use it when he was finished. Fortunately, I wasn’t in KY very much longer, but I remember thinking at the time: “Wow, this Dallas seminary really gets it,” because they were way beyond Asbury’s site.
I am not sure when they launched the new version of their site, but I took notice of it recently when John posted a job opening on the Godbit forum for a savvy web standards ASP.NET developer with some design skills.
For a time, we had audio recordings of our Asbury chapel services, but they were in the inferior Real Player format, and were streaming so you had to listen to them on the site. That’s so last century compared to being able to take an iPod on the road with you. I applaud DTS for sweating the details and making things like this a part of their site. Speaking of small details, I completely love the inverted tab look for the menus. This can be seen on the sub-sections of the site such as Become a Student. They also have a nice little breadcrumb trail of links, to let you know how deep into the site structure you have navigated.
Everything just feels so cohesive compared to other Christian school sites I’ve seen. Without having even been to DTS, you can automatically tell that it is a place that is committed to quality, since their website exudes it at every turn. In a way, it makes me feel nostalgic about the time I spent at seminary, but in another it makes me wish I’d gone to Dallas instead. Please do take the time to click around and check it out. I think you’ll find it to be a pleasant experience. John and the rest of the DTS crew have outdone themselves.
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