I still have a lot to document as part of The Travellist project but instead of creating another tech how-to post, I thought it would be much better to run through the site as it is. So here goes..
The Home Page is, of course, one of the most important pages on a site – if not ‘THE’ most important page being the face of what is yet to come. Since we were using a WordPress theme, it was easy to simply use the theme and create a page based off it.
But the client wanted something else; he wanted to go for the jugular and WOW people from the start. And so we opted for a one-page view with a logo, title, description and associated pages of the site. The striking blood orange colour, is a theme colour, which we adopted in our brand and is used across the site.
Sidenote: once again, this a travel site which focusses on photography and blog posts from seasoned photographers and travellers around the world. There’s a strong emphasis on the beauty of different cultures around the world, (which was something I was really excited to be a part of).
The home page has subtle features like tooltips over certain areas, e.g. hover over travel magazine, and page highlighting when you hover over the pages. Who knows, we might still change a fair few things about the page; but for now, it’s our MVP.
The About page is what you would expect from ‘about pages‘. It provides the reader with information about the site and its objective. As the site has a strong photography bend and the client wanted to market it as such, we have also included our first featured photographer in the About page.
There are 2 subpages underneath the main About page in the menu. This contains the ‘What is The Travellist‘ page, which explains a little bit more about the mission, and ‘Meet the Travellists’ page which at the moment contains the Editor, the Art Director and the Designer.
n.b. That designer looks kinda familiar.
The Travellist began as a magazine and is now expanding into the online space. But it’s always good to promote their humble beginnings.
A subtle feature on this page is that once you click on the magazine icon, it launches the online version of the magazine. But we also do encourage readers to pick up a copy of the print edition if they can (there’s something about feeling and going through the pages of a real magazine).
One of the core aims of the site is to have photographers and bloggers from around the world. The Destination page provides a brief description of each continent, which leads to country-specific pages of what has been covered in the site thus far.
As the site grows, you can expect to see more pages from a few wonderful photographers / bloggers from around the world.
Nested within that page are the Photographer and Animator pages.
The Photographer page gives the reader an overview of the current contributors to the site (currently 2 photographers).
n.b. Marco doubles up as a blogger too
The editor has an Animator lined up too and you should soon see an animator grace these pages with their wonderful work.
No website would be complete without streaming blog posts to keep readership current.
We actually have a few articles with some gorgeous photos already stitched up, but like all good website launches, we wanted to time the post releases at different intervals.
Like all designers that give a shit, there are still a lot of things I am personally not happy about. Well, perhaps I am happy enough for it to go live, but I am not completely satisfied about the end result. So I do plan to still iterate and refine the thing further.
That said, there’s still a couple more items on our Trello board to clear
The outstandings are things like making the images responsive (even though the site was built ground up, I still need to adjust the main hero image on different screen widths), refining the styles particularly for tablet views, improving Facebook placement and other smaller tasks. And as at the time of writing, our editor is playing around with the format so there maybe items that might look a bit odd.
But hey, we’re getting to the tail end of things and go-live is right around the corner. Can’t wait!
About this post
I invite everyone who is reading this post to have a look at the site, navigate through the various pages and provide some comments back. That would be so incredibly awesome and I would be overjoyed to hear any thoughts that may come your way as you read through the site (good comments and criticisms are welcome).
No one’s perfect and I am always looking to improve my game.
And, of course, I encourage you to follow the blog too. I can’t wait to be part of serving some awesome content and launching cool new features in the near future!