Author Archives: Chrystal Vavoulidis

About Chrystal Vavoulidis

A little bit about me: I am a Grad student attending the American University of Paris, pursuing an MA in Global Communications. I love looking at maps and dreaming-I love to travel, read, listen to music and learn languages. I speak English, Greek, Spanish and French. When I am not in school I am always trying to embark on a new spontaneous adventure by looking and scouring the internet for amazingly inexpensive package deals. When I announce my travel plans to friends or family they usually ask "Why did you choose this place now?" My answer is simply "Why not? I want to see the world!'

Three major points to look at when considering a web design

In an article I read on wired.com the author talks about how mobile devices are changing web design. As he explains, and we already know to be true, the consumer and people in general spend a lot of time on their mobile phones. They depend on their phones and perform multiple tasks a day, from ordering food, to online shopping and communicating with one another. The importance of the mobile devices should not be overlooked but always be taken under serious consideration when planning or designing a website or blog.

The author, Ronn Torossian, gives us three major points to consider:

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How I might use my blog : A travel Diary

diary

I started this blog in order to record my travels and share them with friends.

The last two years I have been very fortunate to be able to go on “vacations.” I like everything about travel. I like the adventure, the learning, the meeting of new and interesting people and of course the picture taking. I hope to develop the blog and my website into a portfolio of writing samples and media to showcase for future freelancing jobs.

How to add “store bought” social media icons on WordPress

A few weeks back when I had first started to use WordPress, I could not figure out how to add social media widgets. So one day as I was browsing  my Instagram account, I came across a cute website account that sells office supplies, media icons and website building services. I bought a set of icons and here is how I installed them the easy way (the instructions they came with were too confusing to me).

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The sky is the limit when it comes to WP Themes

I had a lot of fun doing this assignment, and realized the theme options are literally endless. I liked about ten themes but I have narrowed it down to three. One of the themes I thought would work best with my blog was the Visual Theme. As the Theme Details describe it is a

A dark, elegant, responsive portfolio theme with a grid layout, perfect for showcasing your art.

Visual Theme

I liked this layout because, in my opinion, it is organized well. The posts, each of them, are clearly defined and separated by columns with my pictures, and it makes it easy for the eye to recognize that each post is different. I also liked that is is monochrome and the pictures stand out. However, on the other hand, I do not feel it is as interactive as I would like it to be when comparing it to the current theme I have, this theme, did not give me the flexibility of adding Widgets and Plugins.

The second theme I liked was Fictive.

fictive

This theme is clean and organized and gives my blog the feel of a diary. I was impressed with the amount of flexibility this theme gives me. This particular theme had the advantage of looking good in different devices in comparison to the theme above.

Fictive is all about you — your style, your look, your story. Make it personal with a custom header image, a Gravatar, and links to your favorite social networks. Use Post Formats to dress up your content, add a custom menu and widgets, or keep it simple with a fixed-position header.

And lastly I liked Spun.

Spun

The looks of this theme are contemporary and minimalist as its description also mentions.

Spun is a minimalist theme that puts the emphasis on your content;

This theme also looked good in all three types of devices. I just wish there could be a title attached to the circles in order for the reader to be able to know why the picture is there and what the content will be.