The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California stretches across 26 counties, from the Pacific Coast to the Sierra Nevada, and from the Northern edge of the San Francisco Bay Area to the Oregon Coast. The first missionary bishop over the jurisdiction was consecrated in April of 1875 and today it compromises seven regional deaneries with 68 congregations.
As a large community with over 14,000 members, the Diocese’s website is an information hub relied on by parishioners and clergy for everything from news, event information, and contact directories, to human resources documents, property management paperwork, and investment information. Their old website had become bogged down in a labyrinth of outdated pages and documents and a navigation system that relied heavily on linked text and easily missed sidebar tabs. Simplifying 15 years of accumulated information for a large community is no small task, so the Diocese reached out to CurlyHost to build a refreshingly simple and modern site that’s still packed with information to meet the community’s needs.
Collaboration was key to the successful launch of the Diocese’s new website. Over several weeks, the Diocese sorted content while CurlyHost came up with a design that was easy for users to navigate with a clean fresh look. The new site has intuitive navigation with a personalized feel that uses lots of imagery and the Diocesan colors of their seal.
Large amounts of information have been condensed into easy to read chunks with toggle options so users can skip information or sections that are not pertinent to them and click directly on the titles they are looking for. Necessary paperwork is collected and linked in sidebars for users to easily find quickly without digging.
Finding church locations became much easier with the addition of a church locator that can find diocesan churches by location, or by several other filter options such as type, or language. The new site layout and refreshing design is a much need improvement in service to the community.