Without a doubt, Daily hive is one of the most relevant outlets to find trending content of Canada’s largest cities. Thanks to Facebook, I get to see at least one Daily Hive’s post on my feed every day. For such a mainstream and developed news/entertainment outlet, I was curious about what their actual website looked like. I then went ahead and visited their Vancouver-based website. My first impression of the site was that they’ve integrated a very minimalistic design for the navigation aspect which made their posts more outstanding. Each post features a high quality photograph as the thumbnail and it is relevant to the post content. The header is very clean and sharp as it features Daily Hive’s logo, a dropdown menu, a separate logo that leads to a link of Daily Hive’s food related posts and a search bar on the right-hand corner. I would say the header still has a lot of “real-estate” or white space that makes it look “naked”. However, Daily Hive may be planning to add on more of their own domains on the top, just like the “dished Vancouver”. To look for specific categories, you would have to click on the dropdown menu and while that does not clog up the front page, I think putting some categories along the header will be more accessible for readers and it can also fill up some white space as well. The dropdown menu is also represented by a faint gray three-lined icon which does not stick out to me and it may not be recognized as a menu for some people.
I like how the thumbnails are organized in an asymmetrical format but it still looks balanced since there is an equal amount of white space framing the website. I really appreciate that you can see the trending content right away because being a news/entertainment outlet, people look for the most up to date and relevant news. Since Daily Hive relies heavily on their social media platforms, I think bumping their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram widgets more to the top would be better. I like how the website has an end and it is not an infinite scrolling site because that would be too overwhelming. Overall, Daily Hive’s website looks professional, clean, sharp, and simple.
After week 4’s lecture, I realized that there are many aspects to a website that allows you to personalize it to fit your identity and customize for an appropriate audience. I always thought the thing with WordPress is that it’s limited to its templates and default settings but I was wrong. Working with a template is a good starting point but I’ve come to realize that there are so many things on the website that can be changed and shaped into my liking, with the right codes of course. This week, I’ve been experimenting with adding custom CSS to my theme. I was able to change the font for my header, from a cursive style to a more bubbly and rounded font. I thought it fit my overall theme better and it was easier to read. At the same time, I thought it would be appropriate to change the tagline font as well, and I did. I also found a working code that spaced out the characters, and I specifically remember from lecture that it was a highly suggested method. After spacing the letters of the header, it occupied more “real-estate” and it made the website more balanced. It might be only a few changes, but it took me quite some time to experiment with different codes. One down side of the change is that it shifted the words on the mobile viewing and now the header and headline are overlapping. Until I figure out how to fix that, the overlapping is going to have to stay.