The Noah Institute

10 comments | Posted: 21 January 06 in Featured, by Yannick Lyn Fatt


The Noah Institute’s goal is to help the church with design and technology, but who says they can’t present themselves in style. The likes of Dave Merwin and Stephen Hallgren (who we have both interviewed here at Godbit) had a hand in the design of this site. The wonderful combination of colours is certainly pleasing to the eye, the nice gradients throughout and overlays in the header add a nice touch. There is also a slight worn look to the headers in the sidebar which is also nice. While I would have loved to have seen some sort of change in the navigation when my mouse hovers over the links, it’s still well done.

Wordpress was the CMS of choice for the Noah Institute and the site validates XHTML 1.0 Transitional, however there was one minor error in their CSS that should be easy to fix. All in all a job well done.

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  1. 1 Peter Crackenberg

    < img src="/wp-content/themes/classic/images/spacer.gif" height="1" width="1" alt="Image Spacer" / >

    Spacer gifs? 2 of them!

    Surely that bunk markup doesn’t need to appear in such a nicely done CSS-based site.

  2. 2 Nathan Smith

    Peter: Hey, good catch! I checked, and it’s not a remnant of the Kubrick template, so I’m not sure what those spacers are doing in there. I’ll have to give Stephen a razzing over that one. There must be some explanation! :-)

  3. 3 Yannick

    Thanks Peter. I can’t believe I missed that one (well those two).

  4. 4 Peter Crackenberg

    Most of the thanks is actually due to the View Rendered Source Chart addon for Firefox. I find it really great for seeing the overall makeup of a site. It’s a lot better way to visually see a site, rather than infer it from just plain HTML.

  5. 5 Yannick

    Thanks again Peter, that plugin looks really interesting.

  6. 6 Teevio

    I was a bit surprised you guys were having a fit over 2 spacer gifs. I can’t remember the specifics of why I put that in there except I believe it was an IE hack. Similar types of non-graphical elements get thrown into perfectly good XHTML site design, such as extra line-break tags to fix clear issues, etc. Anyway, that was my second XHTML site that I had ever done, and have learned better ways to accomodate for IE problems.

  7. 7 Nathan Smith

    Steven: I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. I agree, sometimes you have to do things to get browsers to behave alike. I had to put an unnecessary br class="clear" in the Godbit code, to get the div to stretch correctly. I was just joking a little bit, but didn’t mean to offend you. Noah Institute is a great site.

  8. 8 Teevio

    Nah, not offended, just was having a bad day. I’m over it now.

  9. 9 Yannick

    It happens to the best of us Teevio.

    Keep up the good work.

  10. 10 joey

    great site, really!

    if i could make one tiny, tiny suggestion…how about hovers and “on” status for the top nav? I really feel it’s a helpful addition to any site. But I do appreciate the attention to detail this site was given. good job :)


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