Blogging and Family… Family and Blogging… As sisters our blog and family go hand in hand, so a family weekend was the perfect time to tackle our major conversion. A few late nights, early mornings, and a lot of coffee and wine later…We are officially Official!!!!
Welcome to Twitchetts.com
Last September we were both fumbling around with the idea of starting a blog. We both had similar interests in mind. Crafting, Clean Eating, and Our Kiddos. After bouncing ideas back and forth of what we were planning for posts, it just clicked… We were going to blog together. Living in separate states would pose a challenge. At the time, one of us in Florida and one in Missouri, but we were up for it. So twitchetts.blogspot.com was born.
Fast forward 9 months, over 100 posts, a state change, and numerous ideas in the works, and we were ready to make a change. A Big Change. We were ready to convert to our own domain.
First the WHY…
Besides the fact that most of the blogs we loved were on WordPress we had read a few unsettling things about Blogger.
This is straight out of googles terms and conditions.
The Content in our Services Section:
When you upload, submit, store, send or receive content to or through our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This license continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing you have added to Google Maps).
We are not lawyers, but we didn’t like the sound of that. Seemed like it left a lot of wiggle room.
It wasn’t our only reason for changing, but it didn’t encourage us to stay!
We had no clue where to start. It seemed extremely confusing and intimidating.
Onto the HOW
We started by purchasing our domain and choosing our hosting service. After doing a ton of research, we chose SiteGround.
We chose SiteGround for 3 main reasons…
~ Speed. A lot of the other hosting companies start bogging down as soon as the traffic starts ramping up. If we ever go viral, we wanted to make sure our hosting company could handle the traffic.
~ Security. SiteGround offers hack protection and account isolation.
~ Great Service. We received a welcome call from their service department just after we registered. They also offer 24/7 support. **Update on the service. We’ve continued to have amazing customer service from SiteGround. From contact when our page views started to increase, to answers to common questions. Their customer service is top notch!!
After we officially owned Twitchetts.com, we had to figure out what to do next. For that, we looked to bloggers who have been there/done that.
~ SiteGround Community Users gave us a step by step tutorial on how to get WordPress installed and get our dashboard running.
~ Fabulous Blogging walked us through importing all of our history and redirecting traffic from blogspot to the new site.
Next came the fun part. Making it pretty! We wanted something that we could play with. We love getting into the details and really making the page our own. So we chose the Customizr Theme. It was free, but there is a Pro version. We were able to play all weekend making the site Twitchetts worthy.
So after being in conversion mode for three days…we finally have our very own site, and we are so happy with how it turned out!
We hope you love our new home as much as we do! Browse the new site and let us know what you think!
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