If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know that one of my goals for 2018 was to transfer my blog to a new host and make sure the site was secure. This will allow me to eventually offer my cookbook for sale on my website. In finding a new host and transferring the site from one host to another there were some valuable blogging lessons learned.lessons learned


Overall the transfer was seamless. I am very pleased with my new host and their team, Pancake Creative. They walked me through the process each step of the way and tried to oversee any potential problems that might arise along the way. Now that the site is completely transferred I couldn’t be happier.lessons learned


However I did learn some lessons. While it’s impossible to foresee any problems that might arise ahead of time there are certain steps you should take before transferring your site, just in case the previous host makes a few wrong moves before you are ready for the transfer.


The most important lesson is to realize that your site may be down for a few days while the transfer takes place and to understand that not everything will transfer in one day.


The second blogging lesson learned is to make sure that all your email is backed! In the transfer process my old host took down the site before they were supposed to and as a result I lost every single email. They were just gone! Luckily the emails in my inbox had been backed up a few days previously, but all those emails I had put into folders were gone, all my contacts, saved emails, potential proposals, as well as the current emails were all gone. That’s one way to clean out your email! I don’t know about you but I get a lot of emails everyday and they were all gone. Make sure everything is backed up to an external hard drive. Most important lesson learned!lessons learned


If I were to go through this process again I think I would take a blogging break. Instead of continuing to work and post drafts I would just take a break. Once I received word that the new site was up and running I would resume posting.


As I said overall the process went very smoothly and my new host is wonderful. They answer my questions immediately and have addressed any problems I’ve had. Valuable blogging lessons learned, I’m now ready to move on. Time to monetize my site and get working on my new cookbook!


Are you a blogger? What blogging lessons have you learned?

15 comments on “Blogging Lessons Learned

Grammy Dee | Grammy's Grid on March 14, 2018 3:11 pm

Glad to hear your site is now secure and WOW you have a cookbook! Didn’t know that. Shared on Fb, G+, Pn, and Tw ♥

Nancy Wolff on March 14, 2018 7:38 pm

Grammy Dee,
My first cookbook was a family cookbook, lots of work but lots of fun. Now to start working on a second book!

Clearissa on March 14, 2018 5:46 pm

A very good lesson learned. I am about to change my website template and before any work begins, I want to backup all my work. I would hate to loose one blog post. We simply work too hard to loose work. Great post.

Nancy Wolff on March 14, 2018 7:37 pm

It is so hard to remember to cover al the bases! I almost had a heart attack when I thought I had lost blog posts, luckily they were all there!

Victoria on March 14, 2018 7:16 pm

I am not even computer savvy enough to know if I have problems. I keep saying I am going to step up and learn more but instead I hired a VA to help me. Good for you for this learning experience.

Nancy Wolff on March 14, 2018 7:36 pm

I feel like I am constantly in a learning process!!

Michele on March 15, 2018 1:40 pm

Thanks for the insights. I’m ALWAYS learning!

Amy on March 15, 2018 2:27 pm

That is a valuable lesson to learn. TFS!

Teresa on March 16, 2018 10:01 am

Thank you for your valuable input! I see changes in my future and this info will help.

Nancy Wolff on March 16, 2018 12:04 pm

I’m constantly learning that’s for sure!

madamdreamweaver on March 16, 2018 2:33 pm

Wow, a cookbook! Exciting. I’d never considered it before, but, for someone selling personally, like a cookbook, a secure host would be a must. Makes sense. I thought your best advice was taking a break from blogging.

Nancy Wolff on March 17, 2018 5:44 pm

I’m constantly learning and sometimes it seems I learn after the fact! But you know what they say about hindsight! 🙂

Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures on March 19, 2018 9:56 am

Congratulations on writing a cookbook! How exciting! Thank you for the tips on moving a blog. I really struggle with the tech side of blogging. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Nancy Wolff on March 19, 2018 8:21 pm

I am constantly learning and never quite feel like I’ve mastered anything!

Angelina on March 20, 2018 6:47 pm

These are some great blogging tips! Thanks for sharing with Thursday Favorite Things, we are so happy you joined us !

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