We usually write CSS website reviews for small businesses, nonprofits, and the small ventures that seem to be doing the most interesting things with CSS. However, this website review is for a venture that we all will recognize (especially after last spring): the British Monarchy. That’s right, folks, this is the website of the Queen of England.
Website Address: http://www.royal.gov.uk/
The Queen of England is not exactly considered the most modern character, but the website is very well done. It includes a variety of pictures, information on the history of the monarchy, information on the Commonwealth, and a database of information including all of the Queen’s modern-day speeches. If a person wanted to learn about the monarchy and had no interest in tabloid gossip, this would be the place to start.
The photos used throughout the website are lovely and indeed present the Queen and her family in the best possible light. The Queen seems to be quite the trooper, shown in a variety of not-fun-looking official situations.
While we can always come up with areas to criticize, the fact is that this is a website that simply has to be a little stuffy, a little fastidious to the less tradition-bound Americans among us. It is difficult for an American to understand the complicated nature of the monarchy, but this website really helped.
Creativity: 4 stars. The website has a pretty boring color scheme, but this is not an artist’s website after all. Even so, we think that this website could do well to have a few more fun elements rather than fact after fact. One interesting element that may or may not have been intentional is a slight difference in color scheme from page to page. The home page is blue, but other pages have royal purple (no pun intended) and some a duskier blue.
Ease of use: 4 stars. This website’s categories feel a little gratuitous—that is, they don’t feel logical to those of us who are not familiar with the British Monarchy. Because these people are the ones or whom the website was likely intended, this is unfortunate.
Functionality: 5 stars. Did you know the Queen has a Facebook? This just one fun function of the website. It also has a map with parts of the Commonwealth (what we used to call the British Empire) marked and even a list of vacancies for Palace staff. However you want to interact with the British Monarch, you surely will find a way here.
Content: 4 stars. All wording is impeccable; after all, it is called the Queen’s English after all. The writing may be a little too formal at times. A job announcement, for example, does not have to be quite so stuffy.
Appropriateness: 5 stars. This website, for all of its stiffness and formality, is absolutely perfect for its subject. Whether you are familiar with the Queen or not, you will find this an educational corner of the web.
Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars