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Parallax – An alternative universe from Avengers: Endgame???

Written by Mark Steinbrueck

The long awaited release of Avengers: Endtime is later this week, and millions of fans have already purchased their tickets for this 3-hour epic battle.

We at OurChurch.Com have some connections in the industry and were blessed with the opportunity to attend a pre-release screening of the new film and wanted to leak a development that nobody expected (Spoiler Alert):  An alternative universe called Parallax.

Ok, in full disclosure, we have no connections in the movie industry, we didn’t attend a screening of the new Avengers movie, and parallax isn’t an alternative universe in the film.

However, Parallax is a cool website design feature that you can have for your church website.

There are new design features that are developed all the time.  Some are good, while some aren’t worth paying attention to.

If you are not working in the trenches of church website design, it is difficult to keep up with all the new developments.  That’s why it is good to know someone in this industry that can help educate you about what the new developments are and how you can integrate them into your website.

One of the more recent website design features is called Parallax.  Parallax allows you to have a background image with text over the top of the image (nothing new about that) but parallax adds a  motion and depth feature that wasn’t previously available.

The way that Parallax works is that the background image moves slower than the foreground feature (typically text).  This gives this section of content the illusion of depth that isn’t possible with normal images and text.

To give you a better understanding of what Parallax looks like on a working website, below are a couple of sites that have this feature:

  • Bethel Baptist Church:  If you scroll down to their testimonials section on the homepage, you can see that the background image of the Bible, glasses, and coffee cup scroll as you scroll up/down the website, but the text on top of the image scrolls at a different pace.
  • Attorney Chuck Philips: When you scroll to their “Why Choose Our Firm” section on the homepage, the background image of the gavel scrolls at a different pace in comparison to video and text that is on top of the image.

One HUGE few tip when using Parallax on your website:  Make sure that the background image and the text/other feature on top of the image have a noticeable contrast.  For example, on both the Bethel Baptist Church and Attorney Chuck Philips websites, the background image is dark, while the text is white.  This makes the text easy to read on top of the image.

If you are built your website using OurChurch.Com’s WP-EZ web builder, Parallax is available on all WP-EZ 2.0 themes.  So if you have a WP-EZ 1.0 theme and want Parallax on your site, you will need to transition to a 2.0 theme.  You can read more about the transition process here.  All new customers will only see 2.0 themes, so all new websites have the Parallax built into their design.

If you prefer to have OurChurch.Com build you a custom website, Parallax is a feature that we include with all new websites.

“Design is intelligence made visible.” — Alina Wheeler

Which are you more excited about:  The “Parallax Universe” or Avengers: Endgame?  Post your response below.

If you want to talk with us about how you can have Parallax on your website, please contact us here!

About the author

Mark Steinbrueck

Mark Steinbrueck is President and Co-founder of OurChurch.Com. He is a member of Generations Christian Church, a husband and father of 3. He is a huge Cardinals baseball fan and bleeds Garnet and Gold. Find on Google+.

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