After a few days of hard work and living off coffee Backpacker Banter Version 3.0 is now LIVE! So what has changed and why?!
Welcome to the NEW BackpackerBanter.com!
Over the last few days I’ve been fuelled by surf and coffee as I’ve been geeking away behind the scenes tweaking the coding and theme of Backpacker Banter and I’m stoked to present to you the shiny, new look for the site!
I’ve been playing with the idea of updating the sites look and userbility for a while, but until I got to NZ I just didn’t have access to decent enough wifi and enough time to get it all done! This weke however I’ve been super productive and tweaked HEAPS…as you can probably see!
I’ve done it for a number of reasons. Firstly although I loved the simplicity of the old theme it had a few key issues that were bugging me, so the main aim of the revamp was to iron them out and make the site heaps more user friendly and allow you to access the information you needed quickly and easily.
The first big thing you may notice is the search function is now sitting on the menu bar – BAM whack your query in and it produces everything on the site that’s relevant.
You guys brought this issue up a lot in my last 2 reader surveys so it was top priority and will allow you to find everything you need too quickly and easily!
There’s been a huge revamp to the menu too – Reviews and Tips now have the recent and featured posts shown right there on the menu bar and the Destinations tab now makes it heaps easy to quickly get to the country posts you want.
Along with the menu revamp of Destinations are the pages themselves. If you click on your country of choice not only will you have all the posts from that country displayed but I’ve also picked out the 5 most popular posts in the featured grid – allowing you to find the important stuff easily and discover some of the most popular blogs from that country.
You’ll also notice some subtle but helpful tweaks to reviews too. Each review post now have a star system inserted into it, so if you dont want to read the whole article you can see the top positives, negatives and overview of the review in a quick format.
This star rating is displayed in the top right of the post summaries too (although not all as it’s still slightly work in progress!haha!) so you can quickly scan through and see what I think of each product.
Another thing you guys asked for was showcasing more images – so I’ve tweaked the blog post layout to really showcase the featured image loud and proud. The result is something heaps more visual – basically it looks prettier so I hope you like it!
Although for you regular readers the homepage isn’t something you use too much I’ve also revamped this from scratch to help those who are just discovering the site. I’ve pulled out some of the sites most popular blogs, showcased the country I’m currently travelling, shown a sample of the most recent reviews and tips and even highlighted my most recent Instagram images.
Fingers crossed this entices even more readers and helps the site grow!
The theme I’ve chosen also has some nifty behind the scenes features I’m currently working on rolling out and I’m stoked to see how they progress, but don’t worry I’ll keep you in the loop!
In the meantime though let me know what you think of the new design, any suggestion you have to tweak it or if you find anything broken/not working right so I can fix it!
I hope this fresh coat of paint allows you to enjoy the site even more and makes it even more helpful for your trip planning!