There are a lot of travel blogs out there but you will choose to subscribe to only a handful of them because they both strike a chord in you while at the same time providing real value. I think that Schadow1 Expeditions is one of those travel blogs. I know Ervin personally and I think it is his dedication and passion for travel and adventure that help him in coming up with blog posts that are of real value. Since the content is all curated and laid out really well (he has tons of information and he shares photos of the places he visits, even in the middle of a rainy early morning or afternoon), his blog is needing only a couple of tweaks to improve user experience. My previous post was the first installment of my review for Schadow1 Expeditions. I briefly talked about what could be done in terms of design and structure so his blog could be better. Today, I will delve deeper into those items so that you will have a clearer picture of what I am talking about.
I know this blog has been silent for a while. Sorry about that. Life threw me in a whirlwind ride and I needed some time to catch my breath. The good news is that I’m back with something new. Since I am not currently taking any freelance projects, the website junkie in me experienced some withdrawal. I had to create something. This feeling was driving me crazy and restless. And so I pondered over what I could do… Ladies & gents, I am thrilled to dabble on a travel blog called Schadow1 Expeditions. It’s a travel and mapping blog and is really helpful when you plan on visiting places in the Philippines. Here is a snippet of what the blog is about:
Schadow1 Expeditions is a travel and mapping advocacy blog of the Philippines. We travel, climb and dive the whole country to enjoy it and map it. Bringing you experiences, memories, and photos of the places we have been to and then map it to ensure that a Filipino would not be a stranger to his own motherland.
Schadow1 Expeditions, or S1 Expeditions for short, is run by Ervin. His blog is a treasure trove of well-documented travels, be it trekking the mountains or enjoying a gorgeous beach. Since his blog has been around for a few years and his content is valuable, I decided to do a review. And so putting my website geek glasses on, here is what I came up with:
You don’t become a blogger for years without testing different tools. It’s part of the process of establishing a blog. A few months ago, I hear about Squarespace, a service which provides website hosting + domain name + built-in templates. Eager to see what the fuss was all about, I took a look and was impressed right away with their available templates. Clean, uncluttered and yet polished and classy, Squarespace looked promising — to a visitor. But what if you are the site owner? Would you find the back-end, the interface, the features and options just as impressive? Being overly fond of trying out new stuff in the internet, I signed up for a 14-day trial (no need for credit card!) to get the feel of its admin site.
The moment I logged in to the back-end, I had to admit I hesitated for a bit. I have been using WordPress for years and years and years. It felt odd, like I was suddenly catapulted into a different reality. I needed to get on with the show and so I proceeded by choosing Forte as my template. It was beautiful. The visitor will no doubt feel nothing but good vibes radiating off your website with its light and airy, crisp and clean, modern template. I know I spent a good couple of seconds just staring at it in awe, I kid you not. But back to the admin site: It’s pretty efficient and intuitive. With it WYSIWYG approach, Squarespace’s back-end will definitely be easy to use for those who are not well-versed in coding. The ease and simplicity of applying the options in creating the layout you want will not be such a struggle.
Here are some of the highlights: Continue reading My Brief but Sweet Flirtation with Squarespace