I'm not gonna lie - it was pretty intimidating trying to decide which Clover website should be our first Green Thumb for Clover Sites 3. Luckily, Vintage Church helped me out and made a website that was just too good to ignore. Their gallery images are bold, their content is straightforward and they used their icons in such an original way (check out their What to Expect Page to see what I mean). The end result is a beautiful, streamlined site that never feels cluttered or chaotic. If you're looking for inspiration as you work on your website, I really recommend you check out their home page (and maybe give them a cyber high five while you're there). Awesome job, Vintage Church - we're stoked to feature you as our first official Green Thumb for CS3.
We wanted to start today's post by saying how impressed we are with everyone using Clover Sites right now. Seriously, most of you guys have barely had access to our newest product for a few weeks and already we're seeing some really interesting sites and creative uses for the new features. A lot of you have really taken advantage of the parallax scrolling feature to add some unique motion to your pages and more than a few gallery sections have caught our attention with their dynamic, beautiful images.
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SoAcres is a passionate group of people who are heartbroken that each weekend in their city, over 150,000 people aren't connected to a church. Their goal is to change that, and see the people of Lexington reached.
YWAM North Africa has created a robust site that not only is full of information and helpful resources, but looks great as well. We especially like how they have created and used detailed forms very effectively, to let people complete their application online for Discipleship Training School (DTS). They have also created full sets of pages with all the important information in three different languages (English, Spanish and French) to help communicate more effectively to an even wider audience - a great example of a multi-language site!
We wanted to point out this site because it has some really great branding that exudes an excellent sense of place. While the site is definitely modern and relevant, we love the historical, black and white imagery of the Highland Park area as a backdrop for the message and content of the site. It is utilized not just on the homepage, but throughout many of the other pages on this site. Besides the visual elements, they've also kept the site navigation and content clean and simple. A powerfully focused approach that we think works really well. Also, we love the messaging on each slide of the homepage. It gives you such a clear picture of what this church is all about. Great job Antioch!
This is an absolutely beautiful site with custom, modern, rich imagery on so many of the pages. We loved looking through this church's site, and learning more about their congregation and history. This church was established almost 100 years ago in 1915 but are in no way stuck in the past! They've really done a great job communicating about their fresh, relevant, thriving ministry across every page of the site, and offer their members great resources. Even the small things have seen attention, down to the unique artwork imagery on their social media page, which link out to their accounts. You can tell from what is written and the way the site is organized and designed, that they have a deep appreciation for their past and history as a church, but continue to move forward steadily, expecting great things for their future. Parkway, we love what you've created!
The visuals across this site are an excellent example of branding your website to match the look and feel of your specific organization. The web is overwhelmingly where nowadays, people look first before they decide to visit or get involved. Loami Christian has done a tremendous job using the large photo area to welcome new visitors, and lead them to pages where they can easily learn more about the church and what to expect before visiting for the first time. Their sense of style is on point and more importantly, what they say reinforces the welcoming, modern-yet-traditional, and easygoing feeling you get from the visual elements. The navigation and content is also very clear and straightforward, which is so important not just for visitors, but for members as well so they can quickly get a sense of "What's Happening" at the church as well as listen to messages, etc.
Colonial Presbyterian Church is a multi-campus organization that is making great use of their Clover site. They have packed about as much information and features within their site as possible, while also including external tools and resources to make the user experience fluid and friendly. We especially like the branding and themes they have going throughout the whole site. Rather than opting for a few stock photos, they have taken the time to pay attention to the details and create a great overall look for their Clover website.
Intown Community School is an organization that is committed to cultivating a love of learning among their students. Their site helps keep the parents and students connected and informed with the events and services they provide, and they incorporate great design at the same time. The photographs on their site are beautifully taken and include actual students and staff, which help to make their site more "real" and inviting. Check out how they have made use of all the Clover resources and be inspired!
Color Canvas Media offers a range of media production services from video production coupled with music services, to a full photography experience. The overall aesthetic that Color Canvas Media encompasses is professional, friendly and inviting, with a palette of bright colors as the focus of their brand. The services that they offer are emphasized on their site with multiple examples and presentations of their past work, which immediately lets the visitor know what level of work that they offer. There are so many resources on this site, you will certainly be engaged as soon as you check them out!