The Fortuitous Housewife has a Spiffy New Home

It’s done, done, DONE!

The Fortuitous Housewife finally has a new look and a new home!

I’ve been blogging for three years, and for two of those years I’ve been talking about, researching and preparing to migrate The Fortuitous Housewife from her original home on Blogger to self-hosted WordPress.

It’s been a long journey – full of questions, struggles, stresses and frustrations – but I’m pleased with where I’ve ended up.

I’ve read dozens of tutorials, and there’s a teetering stack of website design and Blogger-to-WordPress migration books on my office floor.

I’ve attended numerous Boston WordPress monthly meetings, and WordCamp Boston last fall.

And I’ve spent hours scouring the internet for just the right pre-made theme. Or a designer that wouldn’t break the bank creating one for me.  One designer quit doing freelance work moments after I contacted her. (Maybe I scared her out of the biz?) Another designer didn’t deliver key elements of our contract. (Thank God for credit card company dispute departments!

I knew the look I was seeking – clean, simple & well-organized – I just couldn’t seem to find it exactly.

There are so many resources and options – Elegant, Woo, Genesis, ThemeForest, SquareSpace, Weebly, etc – that I often got so overwhelmed I’d abandon the endeavor for weeks, even months.

I  finally settled on the Genesis framework last fall. Then tried on a few child themes to see how they fit. Lifestyle, Prose, finally settling on Beautiful.

But Beautiful still wasn’t quite perfect. There were a few elements missing, a few others in not quite the right spot. But nobody’s perfect, and Beautiful was the closest I’d found to what I envisioned.

It was time to roll up my sleeves and learn me some PHP and CSS!

Thanks to the endlessly patience of the support folks at HostGator, StudioPress (the support department and in the user’s forum), and Cobalt Apps (I’ve become a big fan of their Genesis Extender plugin) I’ve learned a lot.

I’ve figured out a workflow that works for me, and gotten in the habit of backing up each successful step before moving on to the next.

I knew the ADD beast would fight the focus required to get this project done, so I sentenced myself to a month of quasi-solitary confinement. Post writing was postponed. Email inboxes were skimmed, and only the most pressing were answered. I vigilantly limited my time sifting through updates, tweets and instagrams. I haven’t checked in on any of my usual blog haunts. And my poor family has eaten more take-out then they usually do in a year.

But 30 days after starting this final push the job is 98% done!

Sure there are a few minor tweaks left to be done. And almost 300 posts to review, revise and reformat. But when the last major piece of this puzzle fell into place yesterday morning, I decided it was time to stop waiting until EVERYTHING was perfect!

So here it is. What do you think? Did I miss anything?

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  1. Lynn says

    Love the new site! Congratulations on a job well done. Looking forward to more wordless Wednesdays now that our world can slowly get more beautiful, come on spring!!!

    • says

      Alina,

      There were times I had doubts about ever getting this redesign done, times I was almost defeated before I even got going.

      But now those doubts are behind me and I’m looking forward to getting back to the things I love writing & photography and sharing it all here in this lovely new space.

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Lollie

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