Idlewild Presbyterian Church is a landmark church in the Memphis community, and Speak was honored when we were invited to participate in the bidding process to redesign its website. We were even more excited when after interviewing several firms, Idlewild chose Speak to handle its website design and content management implementation with SiteWrench.
Idlewild is famous for its architecture, so featuring elements of the building through photography was one of the core design elements as we moved through the design process. However, even more important to the ministry of Idlewild is its people. This diverse congregation focuses on community service and intellectual debate and discussion. In fact, the tagline that is featured throughout the website, "A place where questions are as important as answers" embodies the focus on welcoming all comers regardless of skepticism or struggles of unbelief. Combining the missions of Idlewild to be highly involved with the community and welcoming of anyone who comes in the door provides a powerful visual draw to gather more information about the church.
Along with strongly communicating the ideals that Idlewild is based upon, the church also wanted to provide highlight important access points to the information on its website. The main navigation is built using a dynamic dropdown system (as pages are added, removed or moved within the site architecture, the dropdown navigation automatically updates), and the footer of every page on the site has elements pointing site visitors directly to information they might be interested in. Idlewild has direct control to update the areas in the footer, and the Upcoming Events area automatically pulls in the next four events from the calendar built in SiteWrench.
By combining great design with a highly functional content management system like SiteWrench, Speak has delivered a website that looks great and easy to manage. Want to see more of the Idlewild site? Check it out here!