The City Church, 2
11 comments | Posted: 10 May 06 in Featured, by Nathan Smith
What do you get when you lock two guys in a room named Sean Sperte and Jesse Bennett-Chamberlain? One amazing church website, that’s what. I was trying to post this review as “The City Church,” but then realized that we had already featured the site’s previous design here. While that design was good, this one is great. The design and layout is functional and absolutely beautiful.
From a technical aspect, things are about as close to perfect as you get: XHTML 1.0 Strict and valid CSS. I really love the way they’ve made tasteful use of SlideShowPro, sIFR and the FamFamFam silk icon set. Many times, these enhancements can be grossly overdone, but I think there is a nice balance here. Basically, if you are enjoying a site and don’t really notice the enhancements, they’ve been done well (in my book).
The information architecture throughout this site is top-notch. I love that you can download the sermons in MP3 format, and there appears to be plans for a way to purchase each one in the future, indicated by the little shopping cart icon that as of yet links to
#. In fact, e-commerce seems to be integrated seamlessly throughout the whole site, but not in such a way that you feel pressured to purchase anything. For instance, you can book a ticket to upcoming conferences from their Event Registration page.
I really dig the calendar page too, because from having done church sites, this is one of the crucial things that it always asked requested. It’ll cost you a bit more with ExpressionEngine, but I think it’s well worth it, because as you can see on their events page, it can be made to integrate quite well with the rest of the site’s look and feel. I could go on and on, but I bet you’re probably already browsing their site anyway, so I’ll just say great job by Sean and Jesse!
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