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As a mum I am time poor which means I need all the help I can get when it comes to running my blog. I’ve made mistakes, I’ve celebrated some fantastic wins and I am immensely proud of The Glam Mummy. But I couldn’t have done it without a few tips and hacks…
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I found Foundry in a moment of panic and Andres and his team jumped in and saved the day. As a perfectionist, I wanted my website “just so” and after days browsing online forums with tears brimming in my eyes, I reached out to Foundry Digital for help.
They are a team of creative digital experts who are ready to get stuck in. They are super friendly, really efficient and easy to contact. These guys instantly picked up on what I was trying to do and over a the course of a few days made the necessary tweaks here and there to bring The Glam Mummy website inline with my vision.
Give them a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org
When I started my blog I signed up for a free WordPress.com site to fiddle around and see what it was all about. I wish, wish, wish I had known about the restrictions with a wordpress.com account and started with a wordpress.org account.
It was a royal pain in the butt as a newbie to move my blog over to a WordPress.org site but I am so glad that I did.
Want to know why? Look at this wordpress.com vs wordpress.org infographic that explains the pros and cons.
Basically if you want independence and go the WordPress.org route, then you need to find a company that will allow you to self-host. It comes with an extra cost and there are a few to choose from (Go Daddy, 123 Reg, etc) but someone recommended TSOhost to me and I haven’t looked back.
TSOhost provides many services and they renew my domain name for me each year, back up my website and have 24/7 UK-based support which I have used on countless occasions.
Online WP Guides :
WPbeginner has helped me since I first set up my blog. It has loads of resources to help you with the building blocks of your blog and has up-to-date resources on all things WordPress.org.
Elegant Themes Blog is written by the developers behind the Divi theme. The blog has fantastic articles to help you make the best of your WordPress site.
The Blog Maven is all about blogging smarter. I must admit she does send a lot of emails so I have opted out for the time being, but in the early days I found them really useful when setting up my blog.
How I Built My Blog
On the outside, a blog looks like a pretty page with pictures and words. But behind the scenes it is much more complicated than that. Every inch of that page relies on coding that dictates the colour, size and shape of everything. Sure, you can find hundreds of ready-to-go websites but if you want deviate from the template in any way and customise your webpage, you need to know what you are doing.
The Blog Setup took a lot longer than I anticipated because I did not know a plugin from a widget and everything that goes between. I thought it would be as easy as writing a few words down and importing a picture, and I was wrong. I spent ages doing the basic setup myself and then enlisted the help of a friendly mum who helped design the layout of the first version of The Glam Mummy.
The Blog Maintenance is essential and not as cumbersome as I initially thought. Basically you just need keep on top of WordPress updates, plugin updates, read your blog resources regularly and you should be OK.
Well, I didn’t really do it as often as I should have done. I made tweaks here and there, did research here and there and would install updates when I felt it.
And then the entire structure of my blog fell apart at the click of a mouse button. Which leads me to the…
The Blog Rebuild which I had to do under immense time pressure as I took my blog offline. The first thing I had to do set my blog onto “maintenance mode” and I didn’t even know how to do that.
I spent hours, and I mean middle of the night hours, reading forums and googling reviews of just about everything to do with rebuilding a blog. Luckily, I had a few ideas of my look at the back of my head which guided me along the way. I chose a new WordPress Theme and started to rebuild my blog from scratch.
I was adamant I was going to rebuild the blog it myself as I wanted to become more familiar with the coding side of my website. I needed to reassure myself that I knew every working element of my blog and could manage technical tweaks on my own. But all of this added to the pressure of getting my new website just right.
Then I called in The Experts (Foundry Digital) to add the finishing touches and get the The Glam Mummy across the line. These guys were literally lifesavers and saved my sanity at a moment when I felt like throwing my laptop in front of a bus. Thanks guys!
So there you have it. I hope you have found this useful and if you have any questions just shout. I am more than happy to share my experience and tips I’ve learnt along the way.