I have a posting in the works where I ream UUA.org like a lemon for its anti-intuitive navigation and vanishing resources.
But I remembered that the UK Unitarian and Free Christians were getting a new website so thought I would review it first. Lead with something positive and all that. Thought it was a sure thing: over the last decade, as each church fellowship improved its Internet presence, the Unitarian and Free Christians’ modest site — for a denomination about 3% the size of the UUA — has always impressed me more than the UUA’s. Uh, no more. Let’s call it a draw.
I have to begin with
- The colors. Lord, do I really need to say anything? Can we take away half of them? Please?
- The cascading style sheet (CSS). Reading it, I see that the designer planned the text to be set in the Helvetica font. But by stating no alternative or font family, if you don’t have Helvetica (I don’t) you read the site in the default font, which in my case has serifs. At a minimum, the first two lines of the CSS should read like
font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;
- Content really not updated. Despite the new site, some links (for pamphlets say) go to very, very old content. What’s up with that?
OK, on the upside, there’s a pamphlet to download (which has too much jargon and for all its words says rather too little to an inquirer) and lots of print and Internet help — but no support; you have to hunt for real help yourself — about creating a consistent style, plus print-quality logos to download. But the local-use CSS suffers from the same Helvetica problem, making me wonder about the offerings. . .