14 comments | Posted: 19 January 06 in Featured, by Nathan Smith
After the discussion over the blandness of our previously featured site, I figured I should keep an eye out for one that pushes the envelope visually. I didn’t have to look very far. This is another great site that comes to us from our Website Critique area of the discussion forum. I really like this site because of it’s great use of vibrant color. In a way, it’s sort of a throw back to yester-year, with its use of typography and overall style.
And yet, this church is on the cutting edge technologically, sporting links to an MP3 audio archive with little iPod headphones on mouse hover. As for the mechanics of the site, it’s XHTML 1.0 Transitional, just about perfect, except for one little unencoded ampersand, (&). Other than that, it degrades quite nicely with CSS turned off. It seems to be every bit as accessible as the AOG site we featured, but without sacrificing presentational flair. Expression Engine gives it power, an increasing trend among standards compliant church websites.
I would only make two suggestions for making this site just a little better: First, adding in the site’s RSS feed to the
head, so that browsers like Firefox and Safari will be aware of it. Secondly, I would do some
.htaccess trickery to tweak the funky
/index.php/section/ URL scheme. That’s my only qualm with EE actually, since usually a web address is terminated by a file extension, and it’s always best to hide your
index. Anyway, this is a solid site all the same, and a job very well done by Sean Sperte.
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