Admitting here and now, I love my job on the whole. I can’t say enough how much fun I have with the creative aspect of designing people’s blogs to their specifications, as well as being able to help bloggers to procure their own domains names and also be on their own with self hosting.
Nothing is a better feeling then hearing a blogger so very happy to do all this and more for the first time with a little help from me.
If you didn’t know before, I do offer a myriad of different services (which I would like to share a bit more in depth here) through J9 Designs geared and tailored towards many differing needs and level of expense that others can afford, too.
In recent weeks, I have been commissioned to transfer, setup and design a few different blogs.
Many love their blogs, but want to be self hosted or would like to at the very least become legit with their own domain name by dropping the Blogspot or WordPress from their web address.
The one comment I hear often is, “I like my existing blog and have it the way I want it, but I want to freshen it a bit, as well as have my own domain name.”
I am quite proud that I can offer help in securing clients a domain name, setting it up and even making these same blogs a bit more functional, but still staying with the original concept and intent of the blogger at hand.
Now, please read on to hear about a few of these recent blog owners I have worked with on their blog service needs:
One such case was with my friend Tamara from Tamara Like Camera, who I had gained a relationship through our respective blogs.
Late on a recent Sunday, she e-mailed me wanting to to know more about self-hosting on WordPress.
Her biggest fear was losing her blog’s look, as well as how exactly a transfer would work. She had been running on Blogger with the Blogspot in her domain still and wanted the Blogspot to be gone and to indeed be on WordPress with her own self-hosted domain.
We spoke a bit through e-mail and I tried my best to reassure her that I could do all she wanted and would love to work with her on this.
In the end, she decided to go for it. And, I first and foremost backed up all her whole Blogspot Blog by copying all her graphics, sidebars, menus, and so much more (so I could use them on her new blog to come).
We then searched for the domain name, because she wanted to make sure it was available. We found one and she purchased it. From there, I set out to upload WordPress on her new domain, then set up the whole site including designing a new header for her, setting up her sidebars, menus, commenting and fonts, custom colors and more.
Once the new blog design was set up on her self hosted WordPress domain, I then performed a Blogger 301 redirect and merged the two sites, so as to make the Google Gods happy and not have her posts being found in two different locations on Google.
And then, it was completed and all ready to go. Take a look for yourself:
Next up, I had previously helped Marcia from Menopausal Mom purchase her domain name from GoDaddy to use with her Blogger Blog in the future.
I was messaged recently by Marcia that she was indeed ready to take the next step and as she put it, “To Be Legit!”
So, I happily said I would help her with this move.
She not only wanted to remain on Blogger, but she wanted to use her name domain name by staying with Blogger. Also, she decided to stay with her Blogger Theme and not change it, because she loves pink!
But she also wanted to have her sidebars redesigned, pages tabs added and new custom made social media buttons that were coded to work with her social media networks installed in her side bar.
We e-mailed back and forth through the whole process. I got her site redesigned first with all her specifications that I listed previously and she specified.
Once that was completed, I began to get started on the actual Blogger Blogspot redirect to her new “Legit” domain name.
Now she has her own “Legit” Domain Blogger Hosted Site and see it below:
And the most recent, blog work that I have done was for Sandy from Mother of Imperfection, who had just started out recently blogging on Blogger Blogspot.
She had purchased her own domain on GoDaddy and had even connected it to her Blogger blog, so that the Blogspot was indeed not showing in her domain name address.
But she wanted to now use this domain to self-host on WordPress, but was afraid that she would lose the look or feel of her Blogger site. In her words, “I finally got my blog to look the way I want it to and want it to stay that way.”
I assured her that I could set up her WordPress domain to look and feel similar to her existing Blogger Blog.
She decided to go for it and I began as I do with most jobs backing up the entire look and feel of the blog (sidebars, menus, images and more).
Then, she purchased hosting to go along with her GoDaddy domain. I set up a Temporary URL (just a site to do all my work on before using the domain associated with the Blogger Blog), because I didn’t want to touch the domain name, because right now it was still linked to Blogger.
On the Temporary URL, I set up her brand new blog with a new and fresh header that included her blog button logo as per her wishes.
Once the Temporary URL was setup, I, then, dealt with disconnecting the Blogger Blog and the domain name. Also, setting the Temporary URL to her domain name. And last but not least doing a Blogger 301 Redirect, again pleasing the Google Gods!
In the end, her site is up, running and she is now feeling confident in bringing her blog to new levels being self hosted on WordPress.
See it below now:
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Thanks all and Happy Blogging!!!