The Anglican Parish of Hamilton, Diocese of Ballarat
When I was rung about a website by the new Rector of Hamilton, of course I was posed with the challenge as I had already worked with the Parish of Hamilton in the Diocese of Newcastle. It is not that it is a competition, but rather that I needed to be strong about naming conventions in my own filing system.
The parish had previously had a website, which somehow fell through the cracks, and was lost, though we did manage to recover the url. The site reflects strongly the Anglican heritage of the parish, comprising five centres, and set in the western districts of Victoria. The background is modeled on the classic Anglican brocade cloister and the colours set to suit the coloring of the Hamilton Crest for the Parish Church, Christ Church Hamilton.
I was pleased to be able to create Google map interfaces for each centre as well as one for the whole parish showing all five centres.
The menu structure reflects the work areas of the (any) parish. The site is responsive to the device viewing it, and as you scroll down a back to top arrow appears bottom right. On a desktop computer the menu is anchored to the top of the screen so is alway visible.
Much of what I have really liked about this site is some new ways of managing some of the workings at the back end of the site, which makes updating and running the site easier for those whose task it is.
It's a few years since we last addressed the Cardiff site, fairly soon after their new Rector was inducted. Now that the parish has got a new rhythm when Canon Katherine asked me about a few changes, it seemed to me it was time to suggest a reno. The reno happened in just over a week, and the new look endeavors to build on what was working and hopefully present an idea of a busy parish attending to many aspects in its life and engagement with the community. We brightened up the red, invoked a new carousel slider with lots of images from parish life. We have added some new features, and retired some others. The final result is more contemporary and more engaging.
St James’ King Street is an iconic Church in Sydney, The oldest still working Church in the City of Sydney, at the top of Macquarie Street and with a fine and proud tradition of high quality Church Music. The work of the foundation is to generate funds for the music of St James. The costs of delivering high quality music have risen, at all levels from maintaining the organ, extending the music library, and providing the profession standards of music that serves not simply the parish liturgy, but also a wider audience. The site was a delight to work on, from wonderful images, and a very simple message. It is my hope that the site will work well for them in generating interest and extending the work or the foundation
The Church St John the Evangelist, Raymond Terrace, has a long, proud and catholic history in the Diocese of Newcastle. Some time back they had a website in Drupal, which ultimately was not what they wanted. The project went into a stalling pattern for a while, however shortly after the project was resurrected the new site was alive and well. (just after Easter!) We tried a couple of themes, however concluded for their needs a pre-packaged theme was what they most wanted, and so proceeded along those lines. Several levels of functionality beyond the theme have been added for what I believe will be a go forward website for the Parish.
Kurri Anglican is a revised website for the Parish with a more clean lines approach endeavouring to reflect a contemporary image to visitors to the site. The Parish has three centres of worship, which are all connected from the home page, together with connections to the information about service times, pastoral offices, and facebook. As a result the banners are the primary design element of the home page, and they too are hyper-linked to the respective pages.