One of the coolest types of Silk sites is the interactive guidebook. An interactive guidebook is a collection of tips or reviews that can be adjusted on the fly. Your friends and family can go to your Silk site and personalize your advice according to their desires and circumstances.
Creating a Silk site to review and share your favorite places or things is easy. Check out the examples below to get some inspiration, and read this tutorial if you can use some guidance.
Creating a city guide for your friends out of town
Whenever a friend asks him for travel tips on his hometown, Laszlito points them to his Silk site A Tiny Guide to Madrid. Go check it out: just looking at the descriptions of all the restaurants and cocktail bars will leave your mouth watering.
When you’re traveling, the pressure of having to pick the next destination always looms on the horizon. A mobile phone with access to Laszlito’s tiny guide will help you solve this problem. Because you can filter all points of interest by opening times, town district, cuisine, and crowdedness, you will quickly get spot on advice.
How this site was made: Laszlito made a Silk site with collections for restaurants, museums, cocktail bars and shops. He added facts like a description and specialties right away, because he knew them by heart. Additional facts like opening times and websites were added through web searches. Laszlito updates the website whenever he finds a cool new place, or when a friend tips him. Our basic tutorial uses this site as an example because we think its a nice example of an easy to build, useful Silk site.
A collection of coffee shop reviews
Dave’s Silk site Great Coffee Places works just like Laszlito’s city guide: discover new places by browsing, or explore the list and filter the results to find the place that suits your needs this moment.
We love how this site can help you to quickly make a decision. Whether you would like to visit a quiet place with good coffee in the morning or a trendy place with nice food, Great Coffee Places lets you find it.
How this site was made: Dave first created a Silk site and made a page for each of the dozen cafés he already had notes on. Every time Dave visits a new café, he takes note of things like coffee quality, whether it’s crowded, if there’s wifi, the friendliness of the staff, and so on. He usually updates his Silk site on the spot.
Creating your own guidebook
Creating your own guidebook is fun and doesn’t take long, and we made a tutorial to take you through all the steps. The basic gist is this:
- Create a Silk site. It’s free.
- Create a collection for each thing you want to share tips about. A city guide would probably at least have ‘restaurant’ and ‘museum’ for example.
- On each page in a collection, put important stuff like opening times and the address in the fact sheet on top. The rest of the page can be filled with normal text, images, videos: whatever you like.
- Silk offers visualizations that you can put on your homepage. A map is a safe bet, but also try out other stuff. A graph showing restaurants by average menu price could be interesting, or maybe a table displaying museums that are open on Sunday.
Whether you want to share tips about holiday locations, record stores, sandwich shops, museums or anything else: put it up on a Silk site. It will make your recommendations come to life!