PIPDIG KENSINGTON

So as you might have noticed my blogs had a complete new re-design over the weekend! This is not the first time I’ve turned to pipdig to create a semi-custom template for my blog to keep in with my original colour scheme and header illustration. When I first started blogging, I did get my blog template re-designed by another company and I have looked around, but in all honesty nothing compares to the service pipdig provides. You get so much choice at different price ranges, making it perfect for new bloggers to more advanced features, such as custom designs at a much higher price for more professional bloggers! Basically what I’m trying to say is pipdig provides something fresh and easy to navigate at a budget friendly price.

 

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My Experience with Pipdig 

The reason why I always went back to Pipdig was the fact all the templates look clean and really focus in on content and design, making it easier to navigate and just pleasing to look at, another point I liked was the price and different options you get with each theme. You can buy a pre-made templates and easily install it yourself, or go one step further and buy the semi-custom designs, which I’ve done on separate occasions! I picked the pipdig Kensington template and with the semi-custom designs you can really make it your own, whilst keeping in with a budget friendly price, making it a great option for more experienced bloggers that do this as a daily hobby, like myself! If you have more money or run a blog as a business or make an income, you can always opt for the custom designs, which offer more flexibility and custom design, such as the main header. My header illustration was created by another company a good year or so back now, but I love the way it’s integrated into the design without sticking out like a sore thumb! If your wanting a custom header you can do this through Pipdig or look for other services and Pipdig can then integrate this into the design for you I’m sure.

Before Re-Design:

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When it comes to your blog, anything you can imagine pipdig really knows how to bring it to life to enhance your blog and user experience! It’s great because not only do you get a complete new blog design , but they also include a user friendly Mobile version, making it great for increasing SEO and reading your favourite blogs on the move with the clean, easy to read layout. With the Semi-Custom designs, they do start off at a fixed price but you can explain your vision and how you want your blog to look and feel and get a quote for extra add ons to the template, such as the Mobile Version, Custom Header, Favicon, Widgets and Drop Down Header (like the one pictured below). I’ve always been thrilled with the amount of effort put into both of my blog designs and how they’ve helped me to install my template by doing it all for me, and giving advice and help with anything that goes wrong in the process or in the future whilst using the pipdig templates.

After Re-Design:

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Blogger to WordPress

Since I first started blogging back in 2013 I’ve stuck to Blogger as my main blogging platform and loved the easy navigation of the site and dashboard, and off course the fact it doesn’t cost me a penny to use, apart from my domain payments. However with this in mind, I always felt I was missing something and wanted more control of my blog and I guess more ownership, so a couple of weeks back it got me thinking, and that’s when I started researching the benefits of WordPress.org. As soon as I submitted my design ideas to Phil at pipdig through the form on the main website, I was put on a 4 week waiting list, which really gives me the time to think and plan the future of Krystel Couture and how I want to have it designed. In all honesty I was going through a phase of losing motivation with my blog and wanted something that would get me focused again and enjoying blogging, as it’s something that’s now part of me and we can all have that horrible sense of not having motivation to go on when you get writers block and feel you have a million in one things to do…. Anyway my new design has completely changed my mind set, and really got me excited about blogging again and that’s also partly to do with my decision to go with Wordpress.org, a self hosted website.

Phil was really helpful with the whole process and we did come under a few hick ups over the weekend (you might have noticed my blog disappeared), yes my blog was no longer available, this was down to a slight slip on on my behalf after overriding my new blog design with a new Wordpress.org blog, that I downloaded from the MOJO Marketplace through Bluehost, which btw you shouldn’t do! pipdig sets everything up for you, so you don’t need to download and install Wordpress.or yourself, I learned this the hard way, after getting into a panic at the weekend and uninstalling Wordpress and re-installing it again, this completely over ridding my original blog and losing all my work (Yes I might have had a little cry to myself at this point, and it just made me realise losing your blog is the worst thing ever! especially after putting months/years of hard work into it). Luckily enough Phil managed to get my blog back by restoring the original download, which is way to confusing for me! Once you go self hosted it can be scary, but I don’t have the slightest idea and do find it easy once you get the hang of it, and don’t do silly things 😉 After the technical glitch my blogs been running great, and I’ve really enjoyed the features Wordpress has to offer compared to blogger.

You get so much more freedom in the terms of widgets and SEO, really making your blog more personal! The SEO tools are very handy and I’ve still to get everything sorted with this but it definitely makes a difference in terms of post reach and traffic. Other tools I’ve yet to try are the widgets and feeds, hopefully at the weekend I have time to completely finish my blog and have it how I want it 🙂 As for now I’ve installed Disqus and love how easy the app is to work with Wordpress, I did have problems with my blogger blog when it came to installing this app, but happy it works with Wordpress.org smoothly. You can also change the appearance, such as the header menu (I’ve added sub categories to mine) and widgets, social media icons, pages, categories and template design. I never realised how much more control you have with WordPress and thought pipdig might have to change features of my design for me, but no you have full control over everything through the dashboard!

WordPress.org is self hosted, giving you full control over your blog, and pipdig install everything for you if you plan to convert from blogger to Wordpress! Before my conversion I never really looked into the differences between blogger and Wordpress, tbh there isn’t much difference but Wordpress does allow more options and control in the terms of posts, design layout and SEO, but this comes at a price! It does cost to self host and I went with Blue Host, recommend by pipdig, and it turns out Blue host is slightly cheaper than go-daddy (my domain provider) and the price is good for what your getting. Do I regret moving to Wordpress.org? No! I think it’s the best decision I’ve made this year and definitely has me excited to get blogging again and put more effort in to provide different subjects and posts. One thing I do miss from blogger and the whole switch is the fact I’ve lost my GFC app with my Google followers, so I’m going to try look into this as it is a blow when you’ve worked so hard to then loose readers that loved reading your blog for your blog not to appear in the Google blog feed. Speaking of feeds you also lose your BlogLovin and Feed-burner RSS feed, so you need to go into blogger and re-direct this, otherwise these apps don’t update your blog feed, this resulting in no traffic or readers to view your posts who follow your blog. I’ve managed to fix this slightly but hopefully by this weekend my blog will be completely finished once I’ve sorted everything out in-between working and personal life.

WordPress.org Dashboard and Features:

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So I think I’ve covered everything here to do with my experience with pipdig and moving to Wordpress.org!

If you have questions on either pipdig or the WordPress.org service or want to know more, leave a comment below and I will get back to you ASAP!

xo, Jenny

 

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  • This is so reassuring for me! I’ve been sort of stuck with what to do with my blog and website. This might be confusing but I’ll explain.. At the moment I have a blog on Blogger with a design done by Pipdig which I love because it’s so professional looking! I’ve also got a website showcasing my photography portfolio on Wix, but I want both my blog and website under the same roof! I’ve been looking into going self hosted with WordPress and have been in talks about my new website design with Pipdig. I’m just not sure whether I should go ahead with it just yet and have considered just having a few changes to my Blogger blog to have a portfolio page for the time being, just because I’m familiar with it. I like the fact that you can make changes to the template once it’s been installed too though.

    http://www.yasminqureshi.co

    • Hey Yasmin, very sorry for the late response to your comment 🙁 I think your idea sounds great and definitely would recommend maybe going with wordpress and having your blog with a link to your Photography Portfolio. WordPress is great for designing a website experience and adding plugins and different design layouts compared to blogger. Moving to wordpress is a big move and you learn so much! Blogger is the safer option as with wordpress you learn new things every week I’d say and it’s allot more responsibility! You need to back up your website yourself and pay for hosting and then update plugins when you need to but I don’t regret switching over! If you have any other questions please do ask and I will get back to you ASAP! X

  • Kirsty Haynes

    It’s great you did a post on this! When I was looking into Pipdig and other similar websites, blogs like this really helped!!! Lovely blog by the way 🙂

    http://blessedbymeow.blogspot.co.uk

    xx

    • Aw thanks so much Kirsty and very sorry for the late response! So happy you love my blog and I highly recommend Pipdig! xx

  • I’ve thought about converting soo many times but I can’t bring myself to completely do it! I’ve been with blogger for too long WordPress seems so foreign, and blogger allows domain changes as well so yay!

    ↠Mondays & Mimosas↞

  • I really love your new blog layout and design I thought that before I read this post! I definitely feel like a revamp really helps motivation and it’s just what I am needing! I also love using wordpress over blogger I just personally find it so much easier xxx

  • This was such an interesting read! I’m currently on pipdig’s waiting list and I can’t wait to give my blog a new lease of life. Your post has made me even more excited and I loooove your new design xx

    http://www.lydialulu.com

    • Thanks Lydia! And I was on the waiting list for a good 3-4 weeks giving me time to really think about my design and move to WordPress. It definitely gets you excited for a huge change and I’ll have to check your re-design out 😉 thanks so much for commenting xx

  • Thanks for sharing!

    Head over to my blog and check out what I’m upto 🙂

    Sarah

    https://everydayconcepts.wordpress.com/

  • Serene Kurd

    I love your blog design Jess it’s gorgeous !!! the old and this new one! 🙂

    Serene xoxo

    http://www.imserenel.wordpress.com

  • Monique

    Your new design looks gorgeous!

    WritingMonique.com

  • Even though I haven’t seen your previous blog design, the current one looks really great! I have heard the differences between blogger and wordpress before and I am thinking of converting my blog to wordpress myself too! You have helped a lot with all the details you provited.

    Keep up the good work:)

    http://WWW.KMEETSSTYLE.COM

    • Jenny

      Thank you 🙂 and really happy I’ve helped with your decision! I’d definitely recommend the move xx

    • Thank you and really happy I’ve helped you in your decision to move to WordPress xx

  • New design looks amazing!!

    elwillmer.blogspot.co.uk
    xx

  • Rafaela

    The final result is amazing you did a wise choice!!

    http://fashionwalkinbrussels.blogspot.com/

    • Thanks lovely! 🙂

  • Jessica

    Nice post, I have been thinking of moving over to wordpress, but I guess you can say I am comfortable! I’ll have a think.

    http://www.lookwhatigot.co.uk

    • I like WordPress but I do miss the GFC widget and other things you only get with blogger but it’s definitely something you need to think about before converting as it does take more work to re-set everything and set it all up again xx