As a former interior designer, my love of travel brings me around the world visiting the hottest destinations while scoping out the trendiest hotels, bars, and restaurants. Elaine, Suma Beach Lifestyle

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Editor Review of Suma Beach Lifestyle

Suma Beach Lifestyle is a travel magazine blog with several writers and collaborators, exploring the world and writing for Suma Beach Lifestyle. People behind this blog explore Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and many other destinations, and bring them closer to the readers every day. Elaine, Tom, Trisna and Carmen make sure to provide interesting articles. The readers respect this and come back to Suma Beach Lifestyle with 5,000 avarage visits on a monthly basis.

Let’s see what scores this webzine had on our grade system.

Visual Appeal – 78%

WordPress theme developed by WPZOOM provides professional and classy design which is packed with modern widgets customized to match the tone of the site and provide interesting posts from last week, recent and popular, and some social boxes as well.

Photography is done by all contributors on the site, and every article is enhanced with several photos, usually at the daytime. However, the photo quality is not consistent and varies for different contributors.

There are some videos featured in the posts and sidebar as well, improving overall performance and user experience.

Originality – 77%

What makes this webzine unique and different is several writing styles incorporated in the site from different people. That brings unique and different angle to a location or attraction, and gives the readers great info. Also, sometimes the opinions don’t match, which can lead to more interesting discussion and longer reading time.

Suma Beach Lifestyle blog have Trisna Travels section as well, a one-girl’s travel experiences as separate blog roll with her own social network.

Practical Tips – 81%

One can find many useful articles and video entries on this site. Every place being reviewed has precise data about location, working hours and phone or email contact if you feel inspired to contact the resort and book a holiday.

On a specific place, everything from food, drink, nightlife, beaches and hotels is covered, and this provides thorough and useful information for the readers. Asian destinations are covered more thoroughly while region lesser, but no matter every entry on Suma Beach Lifestyle blog offers plentiful of useful info.

Web Usability – 79%

Suma Beach Lifestyle is a fine designed, well written and interesting web magazine which showcase many interesting Asian locations with useful info and interesting insights. Well-developed photography is a big part of content creation, as well as videos that bring the hotels and locations so close to the visitors. The mobile site is responsive and quick, but without any imagery on it, showing just three links for the visitors. The font, with dark gray color should be bigger to improve the readability.

Main navigation, placed on top of the site is destination-oriented. Everything about Indonesia is found in a fancy dropdown menu, you don’t have to search much. Not over packed and crowded, effective and good.

Summary

Suma Beach Lifestyle webzine is a fine blog, well maintained and written, with fine photography, covering great destinations and attractions. Design is good but mobile version has some room for improvement. Keep up with the good job, Suma Beach Lifestyle team!

  • Finalist of Singapore Best Travel Blog 2013
  • Finalist of Ninjamatics Canadian Weblog 2012
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  • EX Magazine

Average Score of Suma Beach Lifesyle – 78.75%

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Visual Appeal

  • Photography 76%
  • Website Design 80%

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Originality

  • Uniqueness 78%
  • Creativeness 76%

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Practical Tips

  • Usefulness 80%
  • Inspiration 82%

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Ease of Navigation

  • Readability 78%
  • Ease of Navigation 80%

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