We were interested in this website not just for its design, but for its subject. Because we live in a nation where religion is not a part of state-funded education, the concept of religious education in public schools was interesting to say the least.
The “Why SRE?” website is organized so that even people outside Australia (its home country) can immediately perceive important details about SRE. Most important, SRE, or special religious education, consists of religious classes actually taught within and funded by the public schools. This website is for a publisher of books for those classes, which is why they are eager to continue and even expand the program.
Website Reviewed: Why SRE?
Website URL: www.whysre.com.au
The website makes several decent arguments for the program and presents its case by offering a variety of information about the classes. If you are a parent, there is a section explaining how the classes will help your family. If you are a school employee, there is a section promoting the company’s materials. There are a variety of articles relating to general family life as well, presenting a family-friendly brand that many Australian families will find appealing. I know that in the more religious United States, a program like this might be appreciated by many if it were marketed like this, although our constitution basically forbids it.
The website uses a variety of CSS style design elements, such as popouts on the landing page and subcategories within broader categories. It seems to be made for browsing, with a variety of related topics and articles. Stylistically, it will appeal to many people thanks to the trust-inducing blue color and the photographs of healthy, happy schoolchildren.
We’re not here to debate religion in American or Australian schools, but merely to point out that this is a well-designed website with a nice Christian logo that promotes its cause effectively. Part of this efficacy is due to the use of CSS. It offers a broad look at the way this design can be used to create a clean, useable website.
Creativity: 5 stars. The photographs are very attractive and work well with the soothing blue colors. A variety of elements are used to create a sense of order and high accessibility.
Ease of use: 5 stars. We like the way most pages are indexed in at least two different ways. There is a general navigation bar at the top of the page along with links categorized according to the type of user at the bottom.
Functionality: 4 stars. There are a lot of interesting functions, but links to a blog or Facebook would be advantageous as well. This would allow parents to become longer term fans of both these products and the SRE program.
Content: 5 stars. The content is obviously professionally written. It offers a clear argument for the program and for these products in compelling language.
Appropriateness: 5 stars. The images and wording are all perfectly suited to the subject and present a brand that will be friendly to parents and educators alike.
Overall: 4.8 out of 5 stars.