It was over a year since I had wanted to transform and redesign my blog. If you follow me on social media, especially twitter, you know I had been hinting and talking about this for months. I had talked with hubby and we decided that in order for me to focus, the transition would happen after I took step 2 CK. I searched endlessly for ideas and inspiration, and I even asked in blogging groups on facebook about places to look for themes, best self – hosting services and even the best platform to have the blog on. Here is the conclusion of all my research as well as my experiences!
For my theme I got some pretty great recommendations including the person to contact for a good, user friendly, beginner theme. That is how I ended up at Kotryna Bass Designs. She has some amazing themes for WordPress and Blogger, they are all mobile responsive and most have a place for a ShopStyle or RewardStyle widget included in the theme. She also offers free theme installation and Blogger to WordPress migration services.
I fell in love with this theme, although I doubted it at times. But every time I almost made a decision it was this the theme I chose. In the end, I just went with it and I do not regret it one bit. She also offers other services you can add to your purchase which include banners, footers, logos, media kits, and other branding packages options. She also has the option for custom work but that is hella expensive and not what I was looking for.
Most of her themes are under $50 and they include installation. Now that was a great deal for me! Most other sites were either much more expensive, or were cheaper but installation was charged separately. This is great alternative for those of us who are not great with coding, or who don’t have much time to figure everything out in one sitting, for me it was best to have someone do everything for me.
it has been almost 3 years since I went self hosted on this blog. The theme that I have has been discontinued and I have been noticing some issues with this site. I emailed them and the team over at Kotryna Bass basically said they recommended getting a new theme instead of helping out. Needless to say I am not very happy with their service and support long term and am now in the process of getting a new theme from someone with better support.
As for hosting, I chose to continue on WordPress and have Siteground do my site hosting. They also offer some amazing services, including website migration and WP installation. The transition occurred smoothly and quickly and they have an amazing 27/7 customer service and help chat available that comes in handy. As for domain purchases, I had read on several places that it was smart to not buy your domain from your hosting but I don’t remember the specifics as to why. For this reason, I bought my domain from GoDaddy and that too was a smooth transition.
So basically I searched for months for the easiest options out there for my blog transition and that did not require too much time investment without breaking the bank either. All in all, I think I spent about $100 give or take on this transition including domain and hosting for 1 year. I am definitely happy and in love with the result.
In my time doing research to do the transition and rebranding I found many great resources that helped me figure things out. Some of the pages that I used as reference during this transition were:
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