• The Rebrand Of shanylou: A New Look 2.0

    What is this? A picture of me making it into a blog post? What has become of me? I don’t normally like my photo being taken unless I feel confident in myself. I’m hoping to make a change and start featuring more photos of myself into my social media and posts. I can’t believe this is happening!

    I have a brand new look 2.0 for my beloved blog and this time it’s a little different. If you’ve been following me for some time, you may know I had a design revamp last year to this. But this one is completely different. This is more sleek and travel themed as my content has totally done a 360 and is featuring more travel topics due to the growth in my love for travelling.

    My content has taken a turn more dominantly towards travel topics with lifestyle being my second popular. I still occasionally write about beauty topics but not as much. I wanted to create a look for my blog which reflected the travel route I am going down and to introduce more useful features to enable my readers to efficiently plan trips. My new design is designed to make your experience on my website more enjoyable and to fuel your wanderlust cravings more. My designer Giada from Milan has created this beautiful look and I can’t wait to use it to it’s full potential.

    My content has taken a turn more dominantly towards travel topics with lifestyle being my second popular. I still occasionally write about beauty topics but not as much. I wanted to create a look for my blog which reflected the travel route I am going down and to introduce more useful features to enable my readers to efficiently plan trips. My new design is designed to make your experience on my website more enjoyable and to fuel your wanderlust cravings more. My designer Giada from Milan has created this beautiful look and I can’t wait to use it to it’s full potential.

    SO WHAT’S NEW? WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT? 

    • – Bucket List Experiences Feature
    • – Refined Navigation with Dropdown Menus
    • – Side Navigation that follows you as you scroll
    • – Personalised Shop widgets to each country and post
    • – Defined Travel Guides for each country
    • – Current Location feature
    • – Defined Destination page
    • – Featured Travel Type menu

    I am so excited to use this new look to it’s full potential and for you guys to explore the different features to enjoy your stay on my website. I wanted to show you a few examples of the new features below so keep reading if you want a closer look.

    READ MORE: The Rebrand Of shanylou: Designing My Blog Business Cards

    FIND YOUR DESTINATION FEATURE 

    This will give you a more direct way of navigating my website from the homepage, only showing you a select few of the categories and subcategories on my website. Each one will take you to a different selection of posts relating to each category. If you click on Beaches, it will take you to all the best destinations and posts about beaches and Food & Drink, will take you to my reviews of places to eat in different countries or locations.

    DROPDOWN NAVIGATION MENUS 

     

    Destinations, Adventure Type and Life all have a gorgeous dropdown navigation panel which you can navigate even more using the subcategories. Each subcategory will show up to 4 posts in the panel which you can either select or click SEE ALL POSTS or the subcategory name to navigate more of those posts. This dropdown menu only works on laptop/computer viewing. On mobile phones and tablets it will be a direct click into the subcategory to see all of the posts. 

    Each dropdown menu is split into several subcategories for more efficient navigation and browsing of my website. 

    DESTINATIONS NAVIGATION 

    With the Destinations navigation dropdown you can browse by continent and see the latest 4 posts from each continent before browsing further into my older posts. 

    ADVENTURE TYPE NAVIGATION 

    With the Adventure Type navigation dropdown you can browse my post through certain adventure types for one you are looking for. This includes: 

    Beaches – Find the destinations with the best beaches. 
    Budget Travel – Find the destinations that do not cost a fortune to visit. 
    Camping – Stay in the prettiest cabins and get back to nature when camping. 
    Eco Friendly – Save the planet whilst travelling with the best eco friendly products and hotels. 
    Luxury Travel – Sharing with you my favourite luxury hotels and destinations. I don’t always stay in 5* 4 figure priced hotels a night but when I do you can find them here. 
    Solo Travel – Showing you my favourite destinations that are easy to visit solo. 
    Staycation Travel – Sharing with you my favourite staycation destinations and tips from around the UK. 

    TRAVEL TIPS NAVIGATION

    With the Travel Tips navigation drop down I will be sharing with you my favourite learnt travel tips I have picked up from my years of travelling to improve your trips and planning. 

    Accommodation – Sharing with you my favourite hotels and accommodation from around the world including reviews. 
    Airports & Planes – Providing you with the best tips to improve your airport and plane travel including airport travel tricks and tips I’ve learnt to fly comfortably. 
    Food & Drink – Sharing my favourite restaurants, drinks and dishes from around the world for fellow foodies to enjoy. 
    Packing – Giving you my favourite packing tips and products to help you pack your suitcases efficiently. 
    Photo Diaries – Giving you lots of wanderlust inspiration with my photo diaries from around the world. 
    Transport – Helping you get around your selected destination efficiently with my top travel tips on how to get around a country easily and stress free. 

    LIFE NAVIGATION 

    With the Life navigation dropdown I will share with you my favourite beauty products, self improvement tips and mental health journey stories. 

    Beauty – Sharing with you my favourite cruelty free and eco friendly beauty products. 
    Blogging – Giving you a little insight into my blogging life and sharing my top blogging tips from my 7 years experience. 
    Dating – Sharing with you my personal stories in the dating world and top dating tips. 
    Ethical Living – New to the eco friendly lifestyle I will be sharing with you my journey and favourite eco friendly products. 
    Mental Health – As a sufferer of Anxiety, I will be sharing with you my personal insight into what it’s like and how I improve daily life. 
    Self Improvement – Still on my #YearOfYou journey, I will be sharing my favourite self improvement tips and products from crystals to meditation items. 

    BROWSE BY COUNTRY 

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    The Destinations page and Browse by Country section is awesome. On the Destinations page there are so many new features including the ‘Discover My Latest Travel Tips’ bar, my Current Location feature which will be updated whenever I am in a new country or destination.

    I also have my Browse by Country section which will have a new box for each country including a picture, an outline of the country and a pin on each part of the country I have visited (note this will be as accurate as I can get it).

    It will also include 2 features that the country has e.g Food & Drink – meaning this country has great food and drink to try or Small Budget – meaning you can visit this country on a ‘small’ budget and it’s affordable to visit. There will also be ‘See Travel Guide’ on each country which you can click on this and you will be taken to my Travel Guide on this particular country (formerly my 5 Minute Guides). I am currently working on the travel guides for Turkey, Germany and the USA. 

    BUCKET LIST EXPERIENCE SLIDER 

    The Bucket List Experiences feature which is a slider filled with my posts on lots of bucket list experiences you should do. The Bucket List Experience feature can be found on the Destinations page and is great for fuelling your wanderlust by finding activities and things to see in particular countries that you should be doing. 


    What are your thoughts on my new look 2.0? Do you like it? Let me know in the comments below.

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