This post may seem a little overdue, but I want to talk a bit about my blog re-design a few months ago. I am excited to finally be able to introduce you to the mastermind behind my transfer from blogger to wordpress and my new design installation!
Doors are now open at Lexilyn Studio! Amy is a talented designer with amazing technical knowledge. She can do all that stuff that makes me pull out my hair and want to cry. And even though I designed most of the elements of my design, she was great at advising me and crucial in putting things in the right places and getting them to work the way I wanted them to. She has a great eye and is able to adapt her designs to many different styles. You might also recognize her fabulous work on the SNAP Conference website, and on Tatertots and Jello, to name just a few. Check out her whole portfolio.
Besides all of that, she’s just a really nice person!
I decided to commemorate the occasion by making a little video tour of my site, so you can see all the cool features it now has.
Did you watch the whole thing? A gold star for you if you made it to the end!
I’m also going to briefly address the questions many of you have been asking about switching to wordpress. I am not an expert, but I can share the pros and cons from my own experience, now that I have been living with it for a while.
- Ownership. I’ve heard of a few scary cases where blogger has shut down sites for whatever reason in the past. When you have your own domain on wordpress, you are the owner of your content.
- Flexibility in Design: Blogger seems to be improving in this regard, but I still don’t think you can get the customization you can through wordpress.
- Ability to host your own files for download. (Still learning the best way to do this, but you don’t have to use a 3rd party)
- SEO. Search Engine Optimization. Again, I have a lot to learn about this, but I do think Google is finding my blog more easily now. This wasn’t overnight. And I have work to do tagging my posts, naming pictures, etc., to get the most out of this, but WordPress makes those things easier to do than blogger.
- Money (this is a biggie). Having your site hosted can be pretty inexpensive ($5 or $6/month). BUT if you have significant traffic, and/or a custom design with a lot of plug-ins, you may be asked to upgrade to a virtual private server. Those rates start at closer to $50/month (and go up and up, depending on your traffic), and can be uncomfortable to pay if your blog isn’t pulling in a lot of revenue. Having a high traffic day can get your blog shut down (at least temporarily). It feels a bit like reaching the next tax bracket. You are working so hard for a raise, only to realize you will make less money because you’ll be paying more taxes. That can be a little discouraging, especially when income from blogging can be rather inconsistent (and doesn’t always line up with your traffic).
- Learning Curve. It is real. If you switch to WordPress, make sure and get plug ins to deal with spam comments, and let you upload multiple pictures at a time. My first post on wordpress must have taken me a day to write, although, I am now quite comfortable composing my posts in wordpress.