If you’re visiting my site to read today’s post (as opposed to reading it in your inbox or via a feed reader), you’ve probably already noticed that things are looking pretty different around here! I spent this weekend moving my blog from the free wordpress.com platform to a self-hosted setup. I’ve been thinking about moving for a while, but after uploading nearly 2,000 pictures I finally reached the limit of WordPress’s free image hosting last week and that was the kick in the pants I needed!
It was a lot of work and way more technical than I expected, but thankfully the folks at my new hosting service (HostGator) were really helpful in getting me set up. I lost the look of the old blog when I moved, so I took the opportunity to give the whole thing a makeover using a pre-designed layout (Standard Theme), then teaching myself little bits and pieces of CSS to customize the appearance. If you think you have a basic working knowledge of the internet nothing will change your mind faster than delving into the logistics of hosting a website. It was a very humbling experience, indeed!
Can you believe that this is what my blog looked like on Friday? This screenshot is from my iPhone so the proportions are a little different.
And here we are today!
I’m still trying to tweak some more things and I’m sure there are tons of kinks to be worked out (example: I’m not sure if my email subscribers will receive posts from the new blog, fingers crossed this post got sent out). If you notice something looking awry or loading super slow, will you please please please let me know? And by all means, if the tech-savvy among you have advice or tips to offer I would be oh so grateful!
I’m super excited about the possibilities moving forward, but please bear with me as I get settled in over here. Thank you so much for your patience! Y’all are always very supportive. I have the best readers ever.