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.
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.
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!
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?