BLOGGING PLATFORM AND DESIGN TIPS

 

As you all might know I recently migrated from blogger to WordPress a couple of months back now, so figured I would put this little post together to help new and experienced bloggers that maybe want to switch platforms. This is basically a little Blogging Platform and Design Tips post for all bloggers, and hopefully you will find some of this information useful, this is mainly stuff I’ve picked up from my own experience blogging and thought I’d share what I’ve learned with you all as this would be great information for beginners especially…

 

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When I first started out blogger was my first platform, it’s easy to use, free and most importantly convenient!

 

BLOGGER OR WORDPRESS?

I would recommend blogger for beginners that want to expand there blog over time and get to know basic HTML and photography. Blogger basically allows you to focus primarily on content and expanding your readership, you don’t have to know in-depth HTML and hosting is provided at no additional cost. In fact the only expense you have to make with blogger is picking a custom domain name when you feel ready to expand, and I went with godaddy.com as it’s easy to use and you can find helpful YouTube tutorials on submitting your domain into blogger and the godaddy DNS server. Adding your custom domain name can be a difficult experience if you haven’t done this before, so I do recommend researching and watching tutorials along the way! You could also contact Pipdig, as they help set up everything for a small price and it takes the stress of your hands.

 

BLOG DESIGN

Speaking of Pipdig, they do incredible custom and semi-custom blog templates at very reasonable prices! This is the only blog design company I’ve used and always feel pleased with the finished results. Pipdig offer templates for blogger and WordPress blogs, and you can have them tailored made to fit in with your personality and blog theme! It’s definitely worth checking out if your thinking of blogging for the long haul and want something interesting that represents you. Blog design really is important, and makes a great foundation to stand out against other blogs and add your own creative elements to the theme, personally I like blog designs that are easy to navigate, clean and straight to the point and most importantly easy to read. I always find a nice blog design more eye catching, and gives me a good idea of who the author is and what makes them tick, its just makes a great way to let readers into your design space and creative outlet. Talking of blog design I am currently working with the lovely Grace at Berry Vary designs to create a custom header illustration to update my blog a little. The illustration I have at the moment is also from Berry Vary, and this was created a good two years back now and I loved the outcome! Basically Grace works with watercolour to create the most beautiful of illustrations to your needs and talks you through the whole process whilst sending over her progress work, so it turns out how you picture it in your mind. She does an incredible job and even installs the complete design for you as part of the payment package! I’ve been around £70-100 for my headers, so the price can vary, depending on what your wanting and how technical the design is! At the minute we’re working on beauty and style illustrations around my header text for a more updated look, and I feel it’s more fitting to my blog now. So if your looking for a new blog design or header illustration to stand out I can highly recommend Berry Vary and Pipdig they offer budget friendly options and more pricier designs depending on your requests.

 

BLOGGER OR WORDPRESS MIGRATION

Pipdig actually helped me with my blogger to WordPress migration and without them I would never have managed to do this myself! It’s very complicated and involves paying for your own hosting and advanced plugins, if you choose to go down this route. Hosting was easy enough to set up and I went through Blue Host as this was the cheapest provider and I’ve had no problems with the service so far! Switching over to WordPress was a huge commitment but exciting! It’s definitely a great platform for more experience bloggers that have a good idea of what they want from the platform and how to use the specific plugins for different applications on the site. I’m definitely not experienced when it comes to setting up WordPress, and Pipdig really made the whole process easy and effortless! They done an excellent job at moving all my blogger content over to WordPress, such as images, pages and posts and installing extra security on my new blog. The beauty of WordPress is definitely the creative outlet, as it really let’s you play around with your design/blog theme and test different plugins. Anyone can join WordPress even new bloggers but you will need to do allot of research as it can be pretty complicated! I know I struggled when I first started and feel research is a must to get the most from WordPress or WordPress.org, with WordPress it is a free platform but you will be landed with adverts on your blog, unless you pay a yearly fee to have these removed! I would highly recommend going for wordpress.org as it’s basically the same price after paying for the hosting fee and it’s your own website, completely owned by you!…

 

USEFUL WORDPRESS PLUGINS

WP Super Cache – Great for speeding up your blog and making it load faster 

Limited Login Attempts – This stops more than a certain amount of logins from one IP address, keeping your blog secure

Disqus – A easy to use comment system and allows readers to leave comments and the author to respond directly to each comment

Updraft Plus – Backup/Restore – Perfect for backing up your blog incase disaster strikes! This is useful and you can send back ups to Google Drive or Email

Instagram Feed – This can be placed anywhere on your blog and I have one in the footer and right hand side bar, perfect for showcasing your photography

WordPress SEO – One of the most important plugins as this basically improves SEO on each post and gets your images/content higher ranked in google whilst improving search results

Nofollow for external link – Another great plugin that automatically adds ‘rel=’nofollow’ to links provided in your post (You can pay for more advanced plugins that let you follow certain links but I haven’t done this yet!)

 

So hopefully I’ve covered the most important plugins and these are generally the only plugins I currently use, apart from the Pinterest hover button! So we’ve covered the basics of what platform you should choose, basics of a good blog design and what plugins you should be using on Wordpress. I would like to point out that since moving over to WordPress, I have also noticed a wider reach in traffic down to the advanced SEO plugin that WordPress provides; this in return putting your posts/content higher in search results and the images compared to the blogger platform. It’s definitely something to consider if you’re looking to move over to WordPress, as it does come with more beneficial features and exposure, and hopefully these tips have helped in your decision.

 

I’m hoping to add to this tips post next week covering my basic blog photography and what camera equipment I use 🙂

 

Do you have any blogging tips you’d like to share? If you have any questions feel free to ask and I will try to answer them as best I can!

 

xo, Jenny

 

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  • Ese Janta

    Great post thanks for the details after reading this I’m convinced to use the help of pipdig

    Ese Janta
    esejanta.co.uk

  • Great post – really helpful for me as I am looking to have a header designed for me at the moment!

    Jasmine | jasminehardingmakeup.com

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  • Thank you so much for the mention, Jenny 🙂 x
    P.S- will email you soon with the draft!

    • Aw that’s okay! 🙂 and can’t wait to see the draft, so excited! xx

  • I want to refresh our blog and get a new design! I’m not sure if I’m ready to switch from Blogger to wordpress yet…WAH!

    Tara x

    • I’d love to see what you come up with if you do decided to have a re-design!! So exciting 😀 and I love WordPress now but still find blogger great as you do loose all your GFC followers which was a downside to the move but feel happy with my decision x

  • Thanks so much, happy you liked it x

  • jadiee bevan

    amazing blog post !!

    had a good read 🙂

    would love to know your thoughts on my new post Jadiee’sLittleBlog

    Have a nice day

    Jade

  • Really handy tips! I’d love to move to WordPress.. but I’m pretty happy with my layout atm so maybe something to keep in mind for the future!

    Georgina

    foxonthehunt.com

    • Thanks lovely and if your happy that’s all that matters! 🙂 I just wanted a fresh start tbh to get me motivated and that’s why i moved xx

  • This is so helpful! I am very happy with Blogger right now, but I see that WordPress is something to keep in mind for the future…maybe… 🙂

    RachelShuchatMakeup

    • Thanks lovely, it’s definitely one to keep in mind but it’s more about what you feel comfortable with 🙂 xx

  • Kelly

    Thanks so much for sharing this post! I was actually wondering if I should stick to my blogger platform or not. I really like that it has instagram feed though! I’m excited to see your future post about your blog photography! especially because of how lovely all your photos look <3
    Can't wait to see more, Jenny! 🙂
    xo,
    Kelly

    ♥ ♡ ♥ ♡ Creme de la Chic ♥ ♡ ♥ ♡

    Hope you’re having a beautiful day! xx

    • Thanks Kelly! I actually think Pipdig can install the IG feed on both blogger and wordpress platforms and I will get the photography post up sometime next week so stay tuned! 🙂 xx

  • Aisha

    Nice post 🙂 now I use Blogger.. but maybe in the future I will change. xx

    _Aishettina_

  • Love this post! When I was a beginner (still feel like one) I wish that I would of stumbled across helpful posts like this. I think it’s so good to share tips with people, hope you do some more like this 🙂 xxxxx

    http://www.chanellejade.co.uk

    • I still feel like a beginner too ha,ha always learning new things! Thanks lovely xx

  • Nina

    What a great post. I first started with Blogger, and recently, purchased my domain name at Godaddy. xx

    Nina
    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

    • Thanks Nina and that’s great news! I always find having a custom domain name helps it just makes it more personal xx

  • Great post and love your sharing ! x

    https://stylekooky.me

  • Great post and really useful for the long haul! I love your header and really want to look in to getting a nice watercolour one for my own blog.

    prettymadthings.blogspot.co.uk // x

    • Aw thanks so much lovely and Grace does a brilliant job if your looking for a pretty water colour design x

  • Ash

    I only just moved over to WordPress a little bit ago, been working on updating and making m blog ‘perfect’. Awesome post as well! And as a side note where did you get that diary it’s so pretty!

    • Thanks Ash! and the diary’s from Paper Chase 🙂 I bought it around Christmas xx

  • Ellie Adams

    This is such a great post lovely. I’ve considered switching over many times but have been waiting for the right time do it. Totally with you on Pipdig too, such an amazing service and so affordable too 🙂

    Elle
    http://www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

    • Thanks so much lovely and they really are incredible, just love the service they provide xx

  • Fantastic tips. So Helpful.
    I use Blogger now, so its great to know here I can go when I want to expand.

    Jenn | jenniferjayne.blogspot.co.uk

    • Thanks lovely and always do what makes you happy 🙂 xx