We were delighted to have the opportunity to work with David Elcock on the Leigh Road Baptist Church website – we experienced a real meeting of minds when it came to the spirit underlying the project, with a shared focus on fostering communication with real people, whatever their age or ability.
As a large, vibrant and growing church, Leigh Road Baptist Church exists in diverse range of locations - the main website that communicates with a wide range of interest groups and ages, but also on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Our challenge was to bring all this together in a logical way that would enable updates to be shared between these platforms. This flexibility means that a message can be published once, and appear everywhere else automatically. This simplified management means that it is much easier to keep the web presence for the church updated, up-to-date and relevant. It also means that the churhc goes out and meets the community where they are.
Ecru designed and built this well branded HTML5 website with a very strong emphasis on accessibility - aiming for W3C Priority AA.
The usability of the website is enhanced by a concrete navigation system and the consistent use of imagery. This ensures that the visitor has a strong sense of place within the structure of the site at all times, and engenders a sense of confidence about using the website and can therefore maximise their absorbtion of information.
We were careful to use appropriate cost effective technologies to enhance functionality. We integrated these technologies in a way that would be seamless to visitors, so the WordPress news section and phpBB bulletin board that is used as an Extranet are heavily modified in order to fit the look and feel of the website.
We were delighted that the LRBC website won the Torch Trust sponsored Accessibility Award at the 2011 Annual Christian New Media Awards.
Ecru puts accessibility at the heart of everything we do. This means that disabled people have a better experience when they visit our websites, but with the consequence that everyone has a better experience.
The Leigh Road Baptist Church website was excellent. I really know what's going on. It almost makes me want to move to Leigh-on-Sea!
Dr Mike Townsend of the Torch Trust
David Elcock from Leigh Road Baptist Church said, "Working with Matt and Sarah of Ecru.co.uk to create the new site that launched in April of this year has been a joy. We are really happy that it has already been recognised for its accessibility. Ecru have been excellent in helping LRBC with their expertise in creating a truly useful and accessible website that works for us as a church in our attempt to reach out to the people of our community. We couldn't recommend them enough."
Working with Ecru.co.uk to create the new site that launched in April of this year has been a joy. We are really happy that it has already been recognised for its accessibility. Ecru have been excellent in helping LRBC with their expertise in creating a truly useful and accessible website that works for us as a church in our attempt to reach out to the people of our community. We couldn't recommend them enough.
Community Worker Leigh Road Baptist Church
Better than W3C Priority AA means we have maximised the ability of disabled people to access information.
HTML 5 is taking the Internet by storm, allowing the easy integration of media and enabling interactivity.
The website acts as a social media hub, integrating twitter, facebook and blog feeds and enabling LRBC to keep in dynamic contact with its audience.
The bsepoke integration of technologies such as WordPress and phpBB bulleting boards enabled costs to be kept to a minimum.
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