A diocesan Cathedral is, in many ways, the public face of the local Church. Passers-by are reminded of Christ’s Presence in their midst, and it lifts their minds and hearts to things of Heaven. What about a website?
It may not lift one up to Heaven – but a well-built diocesan website can be an integral part of a communications strategy. It also reflects how much importance is placed on furthering Christ’s mission to “teach ye all nations.” In a world that increasingly seeks answers to eternal questions via the Internet, it’s imperative that the Church establish her presence on the “Digital Continent”.
I’ve put together a list of 5 Diocesan websites that, in my opinion, are currently the ‘best’ at delivering the goods.
Criteria I used in the selection process:
- Design and layout based on current industry standard practices.
- Inclusion of social media.
- Ease of navigation.
- SERP (Search Engine Results Page) placement.
No particular order. Click thumbnails for larger images:
Kudos for the non-standard naming convention – BostonCatholic.com.
Easy to find social networks, and the drop-down navigation menu is stellar.
So what if it’s my home diocese? Nice looking and lots of useful content on home page without being too busy.
Best looking of the bunch. Great visual balance and solid color choices.
Calming color choice, and one of the best story rotators.
Honorable Mention – Archdiocese of Military Services, USA
Clean. Simple. Effective.
Obviously, it’s a subjective list, and only 2 years ago, it would’ve looked very different. In another 2 years? All bets are off.
Did I miss something? Agree or disagree with my choices? Sound off in the comments…