I loved the simplicity of WordPress, but knew it would be restrictive to build full scale web apps on top of a WordPress blog in the long run. I wanted a platform I could build new apps on in the long run.
The travel industry relies heavily on visual elements for inspiration. I need to have a stunning design that would catch they eye of readers. To do this, I heavily modified a template and created my own custom classes to fit my needs for a visually pleasing travel site.
Most blogs never get more than tens or hundreds of readers. This is combination of both content and discoverability. I made sure to build my site to be easily shareable and to have a system to collect emails from the beginning.
I wanted to use something that was easier to customize and build upon than WordPress. I leveraged my Django experience to build a new system that could be scaled if the blog ever took off.
75% of millenial travelers use their phone for information on travel
Having the site mobile optimized for speed and design was key for this project. Everything is responsive so users can easily read our content on their phone. We sped up the site by optimizing images at upload and self hosting most of our CSS and JS files.
I utilized the Django package Wagtail CMS as the base of my project. It served as a nice structure to begin building the models I would need for the database. I loved the level of customization I could achieve, even working within the Wagtail framework.
One of my key principles when building the site was having a content management system that could be fluid so no post would ever look the same. Using the streamfield system within Wagtail CMS I was able to add marketing and visual elements dyanmically as I created the content. This higher level of customization allows me to tailor the material to be more relevant for the readers.