How I went self-hosted with a custom design

At the start of the year, I actually did something that I was 1 – too scared to do before, and 2 – had nooo flipping clue how to even do it. But with a little help, I managed to get my blog off Blogger, over to WordPress and completely self hosted! To top it off, I had a completely custom design too!

It was the best decision I made, despite the hit my DA took from the change.

So how did I do it I hear you ask? You have come to the right place to find out!

Jasmine Joyy

I was sooo lucky to respond to a tweet from Jasmine, who was searching for a new guinea pig. I had high hopes someone could help me with everything I wanted from my new platform, domain and design. Thankfully Jasmine could do that, and more. She helped with everything from the best logo I should use to the plugins that should be installed.

The Migration

Migrating all your posts and comments over to a new platform is by far the hardest part of this process. I researched a lot before making the decision to make the change. I even researched into doing it myself, but it took a lot more than a couple of clicks. There are many designers and providers that can make the migration for you and I would highly recommend paying for it. Jasmine migrated all my content over to my new platform with ease. I don’t know how she did it, but all my live, draft and scheduled posts appeared on me new platform!

The Design

Ahhh the exciting bit. I was really keen to get a bit of everything I loved from other designs. I find with some well known blog designs, everyone’s blog can feel pretty samey. I wanted all my readers, old and new, to know when they were on my site from the get go. Jasmine helped me sooo much in pinpointing what would work well, and what I really wanted from my new design.

The result

I am so happy with my blog and it’s migration. I couldn’t be happier in where my blog is heading, especially now with my design. I have had multiple comments on the look and feel of my blog and that is ever emphasised in its layout and design.  I couldn’t have moved to a better platform without the help of Jasmine.

I would say to anyone looking to move over from Blogger to do it! Take the plunge and do it! My engagement from my blog has grown considerably in the last 4 months, more so than ever! I have never looked back on my migration and re-brand and would urge anyone looking to do the same to go for it.

If you’re not sure where to start, reach out to a web-designer who can help. I cannot praise Jasmine enough for all the help she has been! It’s not every day you get to say you have a completely unique blog design!

Have you migrated from Blogger? 

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Charlotte x

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