One of several Catholic Diocese websites we've done, the Diocese of Manchester was launched in November 2011. This website is an example of true concept to completion: Syracuse Design Group designed, developed, and implemented all aspects of the website. The fully functional CMS and Events Calendar are both managed by the client.
For large sites such as this, visitor navigation is a challenge that Syracuse Design Group is always eager to meet. For this site, we chose to employ a single top navigation bar, with drop-downs, and sub drop-downs. Once you are on an inside page of the site, the left sidebar provides simple navigation to all other portions of the current section.
The biggest drop-down menu in the world! Ok, maybe not, but it is impressive. Rather than do two levels of drop-downs, we implemented a nearly full-screen "fly-out" drop-down, listing every single Ministry at the Diocese. Hover over the "Ministries" tab on the top navigation bar - out pops a comprehensive list of every department within the Diocese. It's convenient, easy-to-use, and 100% manageable in the Content Management System (CMS).
The Diocese of Manchester has exceptional website content. From top to bottom, it is obvious that every single page is well thought out and organized. The content administators are keen on keeping things fresh, and we work with them to publish content at specific times to maximize the user experience.