Dissertation submitted, University over! It is finally time to start the next adventure; let’s travel.
In preparation for the trip, I wanted to create a place to tell the story of the trip and share some of my photos taken along the way.
Travel Site Goals:
- Sit the site on the same WordPress server as https://elvinos.uk, using a sub-domain name, and shared database
- Design an elegant homepage
- Create a photo-based blog for short reads
- Build a responsive photo gallery with full-page photo views
The site was set up on the same server as elvinos.uk using Trellis’s multisite settings. WordPress’s multisite setup allows for multiple sites to share a common database; allowing for shared plugins, users and content. As both websites are small and will share similar content, using a shared WordPress setup was optimal. The creation of this subdomain setup will be discussed in another post (watch this space).
The design of the site took inspiration from elvinos.uk; using the same typography, border effects, menus and homepage sections. A previously designed ken burns style photo slider was taken from charlesphotography and used as the page opening header.
The homepage is broken into three main sections; story, short-style photo blogs and the photography gallery. The blog section used a large immersive image with the hope of telling a visual journey of the different locations visited.
For the photo gallery, I chose to use the Material Photo Gallery plugin. This acted as a great fully responsive plugin (with a few tweaks).
To complete the website, two additional subpages were created, one to allow all the blog post to be viewed and scrolled through and another to view a more extensive collection of photos.
Overall for just a couple of days work, I now have a fully functional website that can act as a home for all my updates over the next 6 months. It’s about time to start that adventure… Check out the new site here at: https://travel.elvinos.uk