Hopefully you’ve noticed by now my new web design!! I wanted to take a moment and share how I did it and all my resources. If you are not a blogger, sorry to bore you with these details!
I failed to take a screenshot of what my blog looked like right before it switched over, but here is the screenshot from when I updated it 2 years ago…
So, basically I started this blog with a terrible premade blogger template and blogger address. I wish I had a screenshot to show you. Why didn’t I think of that at the time? I just blogged for friends for a few years. Then, I dropped the “blogspot”, added a few ads and redesigned my blogger website myself after hours of research. With Blogger, you have to do pretty much anything custom in html code…which is super annoying if you aren’t a web designer and are just figuring it out yourself. I had wanted to switch my blog to WordPress, but I knew doing that myself was way too involved and scary and I was too cheap to pay someone else to do it. I finally was so fed up and slightly embarrassed by the state of my blog that I decided to just bite the bullet and pay a professional to migrate my blog from Blogger to WordPress. I am kicking myself for not doing this sooner! Everything is SO much easier to accomplish, the design is way more professional and my blog is now mobile friendly! Yay!
Here are some resources that I used:
RFE Hosting: These guys came very highly recommended for migrating Blogger to WordPress by multiple bloggers. I also have my site hosted through them. I had a great experience and they are very reasonably priced. I also had some very dumb questions at the beginning of everything and they were patient with me and quick to respond. I would highly recommend them if you are in the market!
Pretty Darn Cute: RFE Hosting includes the Genesis Framework in your price of migration which is very nice. So, I purchased my child theme through Pretty Darn Cute. Again, they came highly recommended and their child themes are mobile friendly, simple and professional.
I chose the FUN theme and I love it. I did all the design elements myself and as a total WordPress newbie, I was able to figure it out and customize the theme to my style. There is a Pretty Darn Cute forum that was very helpful to me as I did have a few questions and difficulties through the process.
Foxcroft Court Calligraphy – I wanted to give a shout out to my friend/neighbor Emily who does beautiful calligraphy and has an amazing Etsy shop. I wanted a hand drawn header and knew my hand lettering was not up to par. She did the header for me as well as some other text that I have incorporated and hope to incorporate in the future. Definitely check out her Etsy shop if you need some calligraphy for any reason!
Catablog – This is the plugin I used for all of my gallery pages. When I was in blogger, I coded out all my gallery pages in html and it was a nightmare. This plugin is amazing, but it did take awhile to figure out. I spent a few evenings solely on trying to figure out how to make it look like I wanted. I’m actually thinking of creating a video explaining it because I couldn’t find many tutorials on it.
Those are the main resources I wanted to share with you! If you are thinking of starting a blog, please just start it out on WordPress. I know it’s extra money at the beginning but you will not regret it if you want to be a serious about blogging. And if you are in Blogger, just switch it over. It’s totally worth the investment, I promise! Now, go take a look around at all of my new pages!
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