Tag: Wordpress

A Mommy’s Blog Design Premades (Sponsor Spotlight)

 

A Mommy's Blog Design Premade Blog Themes

A Mommy’s Blog Design, blog designer, is a proud sponsor of the Biannual Blogathon Bash this January 2014. She is offering two premades for Blogger or Self Hosted (using Genesis Framework) WordPress blogs. The premades will include matching social media buttons (an added $10 value.)

A premade is a great way to give a professional look to your blog without the expense of hiring a personal designer to create a one of a kind design. There is also no waiting time with a premade, order, pay, download and install right away. If you are using a free template or theme on your blog and want to spice it up a bit, than a premade is just the thing.

A Mommy’s Blog Design premades are just $25 AND you can get 10% off just by sharing your purchase. You can find details on her website on how to do that. 

Premade Themes

You can edit the headers to include your blog name and tag line or images of your choice and for an small fee you can also get matching social media buttons or advertise here buttons.

You can pay with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or PayPal.

Check out A Mommy’s Blog Design on the web and on Twitter and Facebook.

Disclosure: A Mommy’s Blog Design is a sponsor of the Biannual Blogathon Bash. In exchange for offering some prizes to blogathon participants, the company will get some advertising.

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Transfer Your Blog to WordPress For Only $17 (Blogelina Sale)

Blogger To WordPress Transfer Kit

If you’ve been contemplating making the switch from Blogger to WordPress but your budget is low, take note of this sale!

Blogelina is offering her How to Transfer Your Own Blog to WordPress kit for $20 off till Nov. 4/13. This makes the total price only $17!!!

Use the code SAVE20 at checkout to get your special deal!

Included:

  • Step by Step Instructions WITH PHOTOS to show you how to transfer your blog to WordPress.
  • One Free Year of Web Hosting
  • The Basics of WordPress e-book
  • 40+ WordPress Tutorial Videos
  • Blogger to WordPress Help Forum Access

Take my word for it, WordPress is WAY better than Blogger, I wish I had made the switch sooner. I have also done all my transfers myself and it’s really not that hard, and I didn’t have the benefit of photos to accompany my instructions. You can do it!

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

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ManageWP: The Only WP Dashboard You Need (Sponsor Spotlight)

If you have more than one WordPress.org blog or have clients with WP blogs that you login to do work on, it can get tiresome to constantly login to each one, make your changes, then logout and login to the next one. Repeat.

This is where ManageWP comes in handy. With ManageWP, you can manage multiple WordPress dashboards from one single ManageWP Dashboard. You can update themes and plugins, clear out post revisions and spam comments, manage your pending comments, make blog backups and more. There is a free version that allows limited functionality with up to 5 WP sites. There are a few Premium levels you can purchase to handle more sites and/or have added functions. I currently use the free version to manage 5 of my 6 WP sites. I had a free trial of the premium features and I loved it.

ManageWP is donating 3 annual Professional 10-site Licenses (RV $226.80 each) as prizes for the blogathon!

ManageWPThis will allow you to manage up to 10 WP sites under the professional level for one year. Check out the plans and pricing page and scroll down to see all the things you can do with a Professional level license.

Some of the features include:

  • One click updates
  • All websites under one dashboard
  • One-click automatic login to any site
  • Bulk add new posts and pages
  • Website Performance Scan
  • Email Notifications for Available Updates
  • and more
    Remember: You have to be signed up for the blogathon to be eligible!
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Blog Makeover Service from Blogelina Review

Blogelina offers a Blog Makeover Service to help you set up a WordPress blog. I tested out the service so I could tell you what it was like. I know sometimes people are not sure about purchasing a service without knowing the details. I chose to have my Callista’s Ramblings blog made over.

Blog Makeover Service

i-love-wordpressBlogelina will purchase GoDaddy hosting in your name, install WordPress, install a Studiopress theme (Genesis + child theme) and 10 important plugins. Also included is The Basics of WordPress e-book and Free Access to 40+ WordPress video tutorials. If you want access to the Studiopress life time service, there is a separate fee of $24.95. (I recommend this.)

The package is flexible. If you already have hosting, she can work with it. If you already have WordPress installed, that’s okay too. If you have any other special requests or issues, contact her and she’ll discuss your individual needs.

How Does it REALLY Work

Step One

After purchasing, you will be directed to a thank you page that asks you some very basic information such as contact information and whether you need hosting or have WordPress installed. If you are in need of hosting, you will provide your full address and phone number to set up the account.

Thank You Page After Purchasing Blogelina Blog Makeover

Step Two

A few days later I heard back (great response time!) Since I already had a domain, hosting and WordPress, I was asked for my login information and which Studiopress theme I would like. I imagine that if you didn’t have hosting you would be given information on your hosting account and you’d go from there.

I do want to note that you must choose a theme that is shown on this studiopress page. There are some user created themes that are not part of what you can choose. So if you are planning ahead of time, before you purchase the service, make sure the one you want is there.

studiopress-themes

At this time I was also given access to my WordPress e-book and videos so I could get acquainted with WordPress before my site was even ready.

The WordPress and Blogging Resources

Note: If you don’t want my opinion on the included resources, skip down to Step Three to see how the blog makeover went.

The WordPress Blog Setup file actually shows how to set up WordPress on your own but also includes lots of helpful tutorials on how to customize your settings, install and manage themes, plugins and widgets and do basic tasks like create posts or categories. It has helpful screenshots which is important.  It also comes with a checklist so you can keep track while you take the tasks given.

tutorialsMy only issue was I would have liked a bit more explanation on why we are being recommended to choose certain settings. I didn’t necessarily agree with the setting suggestions for everything but it will help someone new to WordPress to get set up and you can always change things later if you find you like it a different way.

Also included is a short guide on creating a blog with Blogger (which of course you don’t need if you are using WordPress). It’s also a bit out-dated since it was created using the old Blogger.

The SEO cheat sheet was very basic .The Facebook Page Workbook had good information but is also out-dated so the specific explanations on how to do things and screenshots won’t help you at all. The twitter marketing guide has phenomenal information. Some of suggestions may be slightly out-dated, but twitter hasn’t changed as much as Facebook or Blogger so it doesn’t affect the resource as much.

The video tutorials were nice although I was surprised they weren’t made by Blogelina herself. There is a set of basic videos which includes things such as adjusting your settings, installing plugins, adding media files, getting a Gravatar and basic things like that. The advanced tutorials included updating WordPress, using Windows Live Writer (I recommend this program but the video is sadly out-dated as the program looks totally different now,) Using Static Pages, using Google Analytics and Disqus.

Step Three

A little while later (8 days in my case), I was sent an email:

“I have installed your theme. Congratulations on your new look!

I also installed these plugins that I use and highly recommend for making things easier with your blog. Be sure to check out the links to know how to best use them”

It was a nice surprise and naturally I went running over to see what my blog looked like. (see image below) I know the basics of using WordPress so I was able to go in and customize the theme the way I wanted and add my own header. If you are brand new to WordPress though, Blogelina can help with some basic customizations.

I also took a look at the provided plugins to see what they were and how they worked. In the end, I have three or four that are installed but I don’t currently use (but may in the future) and  two that I uninstalled because I preferred a different one I was already using. If you didn’t already have a WordPress site though, the included ones are fine to start with. Most plugins are free so you can easily delete or even reinstall the ones provided later on if you so choose.

Callista's Ramblings After Blogelina Blog Makeover

What If I’m Not Happy

Blogelina offers a 30 day money back guarantee if you are not happy with how you or your blog are treated.

A Summary of My Experience

I am satisfied with my WordPress Blog Makeover from Blogelina. She worked very quickly and was very helpful along the way. The whole service is regularly $99 but is currently on sale for $79. I think that’s a great price for all that included. The accompanying resources were a nice touch although I’d like to see them updated. I don’t know that I’d recommend them to be bought separately but since they are included, they make a helpful addition.

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