Welcome to the new site! – Migrating to the Standard Theme

For over a year now, I’ve wanted to convert my blog to the Standard Theme. I first heard about it on Michael Hyatt’s leadership blog and was very impressed with the layout and look.

What caught my eye was the crisp, clean look and how they designed the theme to focus on your content. I didn’t want my blog to have a lot of clutter. I also liked the admin panel and how features like sharing buttons and widgets were easier to activate. I was impressed with the Search Engine Optimizations stats, ad placement, and more.

But when it came down to actually installing the Standard Theme, it was much harder than I thought! I learned that I had to migrate my wordpress.com blog to wordpress.org (3.0 version) so that the Standard Theme would work. I had to dig into self-hosting and domain stuff which I knew very little about.

One night, my husband and I spent three hours trying to figure out how to migrate the site and we just couldn’t get it. I had heard from other people that it wasn’t easy. I grew really frustrated and found myself wasting hours on trying to figure it out.

Thankfully, we found a guy who my husband is in seminary with, Jonathan Huizingh,who is a web developer. He came over and was able to help us within an hour or less! He’s a genius. From there on out, my husband worked with him on all the behind the scenes stuff on the site.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on the pages in addition to connecting with my friend, Katie Bowman, to create a header that would go well with the theme’s design. After working with pixels, fonts, and images, I love what Katie designed. And believe it or not, it was her first stab at creating one. She’s amazing. Let me know if you’d like to connect with her for any design work.

Just last night, we launched the site and I have been pretty pleased. Of course, there is always more to be done and added but that will come in due time. I hope that you like it too.

Don’t forget that you can subscribe through email in the right sidebar or through Google Reader at the top. ** To my knowledge, those of you who were subscribed to the old site will have to resubscribe to this site. Sorry to hassle you with that. **

Special Thanks again to my husband, Jeremiah Krieger, and to Jonathan Huizingh and Katie Bowman for putting in the hours to make this a reality. So grateful to each of you.

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  • http://ssparrowinflight.blogspot.com Shanna

    I am so pleased by the header Katie created for you! It is good to hear how you were able to connect with someone who could help walk you through everything. We have an amazing God who gifts us with the desires of our hearts!

    • http://www.samanthakrieger.com Samantha Krieger

      that is right. thanks Shanna.

  • Jeremiah

    Good work Samantha! You put a lot of time into this. You are a gifted writer and I am so proud of you. I love you!

    • http://www.samanthakrieger.com Samantha Krieger

      you are also the one who put in the hard work, babe :)

  • http://daniellejonesphotography.com Danielle

    Love the new site and clean look. The header looks awesome! The little bird is adorable. :)

    • http://www.samanthakrieger.com Samantha Krieger

      thanks Danielle. It finally came together. thank goodness!

  • http://John.do John Saddington

    wow, thanks for choosing standard theme! i’m sorry to hear about your issues with the migration… we would have loved to help! we’re here for our publishers……!!!

  • Chris

    Hooray for Jeremiah and Jonathan!

    I’m the product manager for Standard and it would be helpful for us if either of them shot me a quick email outlining the more difficult parts. Sometimes we can improve the product, other times we can improve our documentation & tutorials.

    Your site looks great! 

    Chris (sales@8bit.io)

    • http://www.samanthakrieger.com Samantha Krieger

      Thanks Chris. I will see if they can let you know what was difficult here soon. Thanks for stopping by.