It may have taken me all weekend, but my new home is FINALLY ready for everyone to see. I hadn’t planned on purchasing a domain and self-hosting until my kids went back to school so I could focus on moving everything over while they weren’t here distracting me, BUT excitement got the best of me and I went ahead and did it.
About a month ago I purchased a cute theme on Etsy thinking I could upload and use it in the WordPress.com blog, but they don’t allow you to upload your own. You can choose one of their free themes or purchase one of their premium themes for a high amount of money. Once I realized I couldn’t use it with the free WordPress site I had, I just left it siting in my downloads. When I decided to go ahead and purchase my domain name and start the transfer I tried to follow the attached PDF for installation and got SO lost. I am not tech-stupid; I can do a lot of things on my own, but working with this new theme was crazy hard!
Purchasing the domain name, exporting my WordPress.com site, importing it to WordPress.org, etc. was all a breeze… SO easy! It was trying to get that damn theme to work that was so difficult. The store I purchased it from was less than helpful because either they wouldn’t answer my question directly, or their answer wasn’t as direct as it should be and they would direct me to a plugin that wasn’t named what they said it was named. It was days of frustration and even though I had almost everything done I decided to pay them an extra $15 to login and fix everything the way it should be. I had asked them multiple times to increase the font size of the post body and it was never done and at the very end they told me where to find the code and change it myself. Sure, whatever I can do that. Maybe it’s that everything was in CSS and I’m only familiar with HTML. They appear to be similar but I was so scared to go into the editor and screw something up. Regardless, I have never felt so dumb and overwhelmed doing something IN MY LIFE. My poor friend Wendi got texts and screenshots and lots of ugly emoji’s during the whole thing!
For web hosting I went with Bluehost. I chose to do 3 years with site backup, privacy protection, etc. Their site was completely dummy proof! There is a pretty large “install WordPress” icon in the middle that you can’t miss, and from there, everything was simple… Well, until I got to the theme part.
SO, with all that being said, hopefully everything here works! I contacted WordPress to have all my stats and followers transferred, so you should be receiving this in your inbox or reader. If you’re still with me, I’d love it if you’d leave a comment and let me know! If you’re just now finding my blog and want to stick around, there is a subscribe option on the right menu; just enter your email address and click SUBSCRIBE. You will have a confirmation email sent, so check your spam if you don’t see it.
In the meantime, if you find any broken links or missing photos, please let me know. I’ve tried to go through and click everything and make sure everything works, but in all the hours I put into changing over I might have missed something.