I’m excited to launch a refreshed website and blog. Since I last posted on my blog things have been going on in the background of the website and I wanted to pause blogging as it was all unfolding. It was time for a design change, and it was time to move to a new platform for my site which is now WordPress. So a lot of things have totally changed and if you’re visiting the blog by actually visiting the site, you will notice the changes I’ve made. So, why the update?
A lot of reasons – some business, some site-functions, and some purely for design reasons. My analogy is like this – websites are like homes – you need to add some TLC into them often as technologies / sites change over time and a site can quickly start looking dated. I have a lot of exciting things coming up and I needed a website to be a powerful website and blog. My old platforms (SquareSpace and, previous to that, Blogger) excelled at one or the other – but neither site offered amazing functions for both. WordPress, alternatively, did. So the switch was inevitable for me.
I had great intentions to make the migration from Squarespace (my old platform) to WordPress (the new) on my own. However, I quickly came to the realization that I would be in over my head if I started the process on my own – and I worried that should I start the process and reach a critical stage of the migration and encounter problems, that hiring someone to come in (mid-project) would be terribly confusing and perhaps costly as well as disastrous to the content that I have built up over time on my blog. I’m pretty game for trying things on my own, but I do so when I have a clear understanding of what lies ahead and how I could perhaps problem solve over time. In this situation, what lay ahead was all very foreign to me so I saw very early on that I was going to need to hire someone.
I needed someone who knew WordPress sites and how to guide me through the process. Someone who knew things like which web hosting provider to use based on my site traffic (you need to have a site host vs. SquareSpace and Blogger that hosts your content for you) and what templates would be good / bad to use. And, I needed someone to take my design of the site and, translate it into an actual website. With all this to consider, I reached out to an old colleague and she recommended Melissa Jean Clark with whom she had worked with before.
Melissa and I had an initial phone call to talk about the scope of the project and an estimate for the work. I really, really liked how clear & organized she was (this wasn’t some “hobby” for her – this was her profession) And felt like she had a good gauge of the scope of work, and I thought her quote was fair considering her expertise. The process was beyond amazing. We had a 3 hour in person meeting which she had clearly explained was going to be helpful to have (you could do it over Skype but since we live in the same city it was easy to arrange an in-person consult) She was extremely easy to understand, a natural teacher and a genius at coding a site. She is worth the investment if you are looking to move to a WordPress site. Highly, highly recommend reaching out to her.
For people who read the blog – I wanted to point out one major change which is the commenting system. I chose to not to migrate Disqus (the old commenting system) over with the new site. I found it hard for first time visitors or, those not majorly familiar with commenting platforms to leave comments with Disqus. Happy with what I saw on the WordPress sites, I decided to do the switch.I knew that one possibility that could arise would be that comments would be lost with the migration and, switch from Disqus to WordPress. And, as I suspected, many comments on past posts have dissapeared. So if you commented on an old post and revisit it now it is likely that the comment has vanished. Bummer? Yes. The end of the world? No.
I hope you enjoy the new site and, feel free to ask any questions about the migration or my experience using SquareSpace (which I still recommend for people to use) or anything else.
Links of interets /
WordPress Theme Designs I like
Melissa Jean Clark (the awesome lady who I hired to teach me about WordPress and, work with me on getting the site up and running)
10 Reasons WordPress will always be better than SquareSpace
WordPress Hosting Explained
Ps., I’m still updating the site but it’s 90% there. If you notice any issues / glitches do let me know!