Moving from DIY Thesis to Genesis Lifetsyle
Obviously, I’ve been posting since this blog took on a new design recently. But here’s a bit about the process and challenges I went through to get here – in case you are interested (I will blog about blogging occasionally), or if there are any bloggers reading.
Choice of Theme
After much researching of WordPress themes and a lot of deliberation, I decided to move over from Thesis to Studiopress’s Genesis platform, selecting the Lifestyle theme as the blog’s new design home.
The reasons were that Thesis was a lil too complex in some areas – even as a bit of techy person, I like things easily editable on my blog, as it takes too long otherwise. Plus with Thesis (the level I was on, the lowest premium one I think) you have to upgrade Thesis yourself from time to time which was a pain. Not sure on that front with Genesis, but either way, I’ve made my choice now.
I almost went for the new Theme X that’s being promoted a lot, but I read too many poor reviews about Themeforest’s themes, since a theme is only as good as its developer. I definitely want quick responses to any technical issues I might be having, and this was the top priority, over and above any bells and whistles a theme might offer in selecting the theme.
All in all, Studiopress’s Genesis platform seemed to stand out and they have some great great-looking themes too.
I have had to email them with some support questions and their response was within 24 hours so that’s reasonable. There are the forums also, and I do have something to post up there, as the Search bar is supposed to be above the menu bar, but upon updating the theme the Search bar and its settings disappeared – and needs fixing, so we’ll see how quick the response is.
Rebranding & Logo
I thought long and hard about how the design should be and in this process I decided it needed to be clear about what the site was about. The previous site, The Wholistic Blog, was a little all over the place I felt and didn’t really hone in enough into clear topic areas. Along with this was the taxonomy challenge – the categories and tags were a mess, plain and simple. So this whole exercise was useful to focus on what I wanted to post content about, and from that the categories became clear and the new blog name. Actually the new blog name came first. The Examined Life was taken from a quote I came across when reading Soren Kierkegaard (click here for a recent blog post about existentialism) recently, who quotes Socrates in one his books: “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
The Examined Life seemed to fit better than The Wholistic Blg as it is clearer – everything I post about is about life from inside out, beyond the conventional, it’s red pill stuff. Not for the sake of it, but because my own journey through life has shown me through experience that there is the facade (which we usually take to be true without questioning or wishing to challenge) and there is what’s real. Even posts about blogging are about living from the point of view of living beyond the conventional level of life and doing what you love in life, not what you’re meant to do in order to fulfil the dreams of others.
So anyway, that’s the blog name. I hope you like it.
DIY Migration or Get Someone to Do it For Me?
I could have have done quite a bit of the new site creation and migration (but probably not everything) myself, but it is just so long and time-consuming, so I got a developer from one of the freelancer sites out there where people bid for your job. After receiving a lot of proposals and sifting through many of them, I settled on one, and basically put him through the hoops lol – when it comes to my baby (this blog) I wanted to get it right! He was very good overall, and went out of his way to get things just right.
And finally the new blog went live after the design was created, the menu structure decided and some new content written.
Each theme is different. For example, with Lifestyle all my post images disappeared. I was not expecting that! It’s because Lifestyle uses a ‘featured post image’ to show images on posts, but Thesis did not have that. So I’m faced with manually adding images in to the posts one by one, and there are a lot of posts! I guess I will sort out as many as I can – but apologies in advance if you see missing images across some posts. On top of that it seems (though my developer is checking it out) that most of my images actually have gone from the media library. What fun. Anyway these are migration niggles and I full expect to get some when a site is changed.
There was also some tweaking of the header to ensure the responsiveness (ie how the site looks on mobile devices and tablets) of it, and a few other responsiveness issues. It’s a fun journey this WordPress blogging! On the plus side, I am very happy to have made some sense of the taxonomy and to have a new design that I like.
Now the aim of this site is to build it up and get the traffic back up, as it once used to be back in 2011/2012 and go beyond that if possible. Let’s see. Ultimately I do fancy the idea of being able to do blogging more as a living and for that I need to post great content. I do welcome content contributions (if the fit is right).
If you find any issues with the site don’t hesitate to add a comment below.
Have a great weekend,
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