As those of you who have been following The Glamorous Housewife for while know, I just did a major overhaul on my blog including a new design and I moved it from Blogger to WordPress.org. I haven’t had time to discuss the matter because of all the fun holiday posts I wanted to do, but I imagine most of you have already decorated your homes, purchased most of your gifts, and might be inundated with too many holiday posts, so I thought I would describe how I went about designing and moving my blog.
The first thing I did was think long and hard about what I wanted to accomplish with the design. I really love the way Making Nice In The Midwest is laid out and you will see many similarities to it in my new design. I knew I wanted a 3 column presentation (the Blogger one only had 2) and I knew I wanted thumbnail pictures instead of word links to my posts. Knowing what you want is really important when you are going to work with a web designer. The more detail you can give to them, the better.
I had already culled my topics down to 5 main themes: Fashion, Cooking, Domestic Design, Entertaining, and Inspiration. I had an idea of having an artist create renderings of “the glamorous housewife” doing each of these things. So I spoke with a graphic designer named Marc Lumer that I had worked with previously. I knew his drawing style had a vintage sort of vibe about it and I just knew he would be the perfect man for the job. And I was right! Working with Marc was a breeze, and you can see the results came out beautifully. He also redid my logo.
Next it was time to find a web designer. About six months prior to really being serious about a blog re-do, I purchased Blog Love- an online class about blogging. In it they recommended the web design company Freckled Nest Design. It turns out that Mandi at the aforementioned Making Nice blog was a designer for Freckled Nest but unfortunately she was unavailable because she was on maternity leave. The good news was Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky , a blog I had been following for years, was available so I went with her.
This was not Freckled Nests first time at the rodeo and they were very professional. I had many “homework” questions that I had to answer and their questions were very thorough. I really enjoyed the depth of thought it took to design this blog and Elizabeth was a stellar designer. She immediately understood my design aesthetic and knew I wanted a vintage vibe with modern elements. I also wanted the look of the blog to be very clean and have those five characters pop and be the focus. When I look at my blog (which I kinda do obsessively) I just cant believe how amazing it looks! I would say it was exactly what I envisioned, except it is actually more than I ever thought possible.
At the time we did the transfer I had over 600 posts written! That is a lot. So it did take a long time to get it all designed and transferred to WordPress- I would say 4-6 weeks all together. Then I had a good two weeks of getting to know WordPress. That was, not going to lie, really hard for me. To be totally honest I have been scared of WordPress because I know exactly zero html, but I have managed to slog my way through it. But poor Elizabeth had two days of really dumb questions by me to get through. I seriously couldn’t figure out how to link website addresses! I was that lame. But as time went by I have figured out most things, including installing a plugin or two by myself!
At this point I feel like the experience was wonderful and I have no complaints about anything. I am enjoying WordPress, I am beyond thrilled with the look of my blog, and I think I have managed to link everything from the old blog to this new one. I did loose traffic, but it hasn’t been as bad as I thought it might be. On the flip side I noticed a surge in people finding all of my social media like Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter because of the awesome buttons I now have. I have wanted those button for so long but had no idea how to make them on Blogger! So I hope you are enjoying the new and improved The Glamorous Housewife and I cant wait to bring you all of my new ideas I have for the future.