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3 Tips to Redesign and Upgrade Your WordPress Blog

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A couple months ago I redesigned and upgraded my WordPress blog and I’m so glad I did. I’ll tell you all about the benefits I received from my redesign and I’ll also tell you how I did it so that if you are going through the same process you can benefit from what I learned.

Benefits of a WordPress Blog Redesign

These are the improvements I’ve attained from my redesign:

1. More Functional Layout

Makes it easier for readers to find the best stuff on Life Learning Today.

How to Do It Yourself: Purchase a premium WordPress theme from Solostream. There are several highly functional and elegant themes to choose from. I use WP-Glory. The pricing is very reasonable and the support alone is worth the cost. Customizing is a breeze with these themes. If you’re looking to redesign your WordPress blog, do yourself a huge favor and consider a theme from Solostream! You will not be disappointed like you might be if you spend a lot of time installing free theme and then find that it’s hard to get support when you need it.

What’s Great About Solostream WordPress Themes:

  • Dedicated support site with online video tutorials for customizing your theme.
  • Highly responsive email support.
  • Easy to customize.
  • Very functional design.
  • Visually pleasing design.



2. Better Handling of Site Traffic

I can now handle a larger amount of visitors at any given time. I can handle a Digg load of thousands of visitors with no problem. Why? Because my new web host, Media Temple, has a technology for web hosting called Grid Service, where multiple servers work in tandem to be able to handle massive spikes in volume. Truly brilliant. Customer support is excellent too. They also have One-Click Install for WordPress!

How to Get Better Web Hosting: Sign up with Media Temple and please tell them that Life Learning Today sent you! Thanks!

PS: You can even manage your Media Temple web hosting from your iphone. Pretty cool:



3. Professional Help Upgrading WordPress

Chris Cree of Success Creations helped me with my overall blog redesign. He was the single most important factor in the success of this process. I am so grateful to him and I recommend his services to anyone considering adding a WordPress blog, upgrading a WordPress blog, switching web hosts or any other WordPress support you might need. And his prices are very fair and reasonable.

Here’s what Chris did for me:

  • Upgraded to the latest version of WordPress.
  • Moved my blog from my old web host to my new web host, Media Temple.
  • Installed my new WordPress theme.
  • Provided guidance on choosing a WordPress theme that would be compatible, easy to use, and would look good.
  • Overall expert consultation on the process of upgrading and redesigning my blog.


How to Get Professional Help with WordPress: Call or email Chris Cree. Visit his website, Success Creeations, to learn more about him. I wanted to get this done for a long time and by employing Chris’s help it was easy! Thanks Chris!!


If you have any questions on any part of my WordPress blog upgrade or redesign, please leave a comment below or contact me via email.

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38 Responses to 3 Tips to Redesign and Upgrade Your WordPress Blog

  1. Chris Cree May 21, 2008 at 9:16 am #

    Glad to help out, Kris. You made it easy because you knew what you wanted to accomplish with the changes.

  2. agentsully May 21, 2008 at 12:04 pm #

    @Chris – What a nice thing to say! Thanks!

    You are a star! I am very grateful! Thanks again!

  3. Sam May 21, 2008 at 4:52 pm #

    Might give that webhosting a try. I’m sick of the current downtime I’m getting. Can anyone else recommend them?

  4. Joedel May 25, 2008 at 4:32 am #

    This post is very helpful! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Alex June 2, 2008 at 5:55 am #

    Thanks for sharing! I’m definitely going to update my layout of my blog now 🙂

  6. agentsully June 2, 2008 at 11:54 am #

    @Alex – Let us know when you’ve got the new layout activated!

  7. Dental Websites June 4, 2008 at 10:09 am #

    Great advice! I have been getting bored with my theme, but I haven’t felt like dealing with it. I will see what Solostream can do for me.

  8. nututs June 5, 2008 at 5:26 am #

    This tips are helpful. Thanks!

  9. Patrick June 5, 2008 at 2:38 pm #

    While I haven’t used mediatemple personally, they don’t offer asp.net, I have always heard great things about them, so congrats with your choice of web hosts.

  10. Angie June 6, 2008 at 1:07 am #

    I love wordpress. As far as blogs go I think it’s one of the best. It’s great that they allow you to change it up as much as you like and also have several themes if you don’t know how to change it yourself!

  11. SexyCollegeGirl June 6, 2008 at 9:27 am #

    Love your blog and your advice are always helpful 🙂

  12. BURAK ÖNAL June 7, 2008 at 3:46 pm #

    This post is very helpful! Thanks for sharing.

  13. agentsully June 7, 2008 at 5:08 pm #

    @Burak -thanks. Glad you like it! Are you planning a redesign?

  14. agentsully June 7, 2008 at 5:12 pm #

    @Sexy College Girl – thanks! Are you planning a redesign? If you do, let us know when it’s done!

  15. agentsully June 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm #

    @Angie – your photos are amazing! Thanks for commenting! Hope to see you again!

  16. agentsully June 7, 2008 at 5:14 pm #

    @Patrick -thank you. Stay in touch!

  17. agentsully June 7, 2008 at 5:22 pm #

    @Dental Websites – that’s cool. Let me know if you have any questions about using Solostream themes. I’ve been very satisfied. Having fast support and good coding made the $50 well worth it!

  18. Angie June 7, 2008 at 10:22 pm #

    I upgraded ours about 3 weeks ago. Went very smooth. The only problem was my visitors and and search status. I used to be around page 3 for a lot of my keywords. You cant even find me now. Not sure what happened.

  19. Angie June 7, 2008 at 10:24 pm #

    Agent skully thanks I am so glad you loved them. I love that…

  20. agentsully June 7, 2008 at 11:13 pm #

    @Angie – Hope you get back on top with your keywords! People need to find you because your creativity is so amazing! Wow! I stumbled your site. Hopefully that will bring you some traffic.

  21. facebook June 14, 2008 at 5:37 am #

    Hmm… It would be very helpful for me to upgrade my blog. Thanks.

  22. Google Android June 16, 2008 at 5:39 am #

    The theme part is truly fantastic and that itself can do the change to a large part. I too have stumbled your site! Thanks.

  23. Adam June 21, 2008 at 2:25 am #

    Nice suggestion on solostream! I am actual trying to find a good template right now and I will be doing one from them after seeing this! Keep up great posts like this 🙂

  24. J P June 29, 2008 at 2:24 pm #

    You can also weather the storm known as the “Digg Effect” by using a caching plug-in. A distributed server configuration seems a little over the top.

  25. agentsully July 11, 2008 at 4:39 pm #

    @JP – thanks for the advice. Your blog looks cool, by the way!

  26. Shaye July 15, 2008 at 9:03 am #

    Practical and helpful. It’s a good suggestion about the hosting and something I will need to look into more – I am just a budding blogger for now : )
    I am a first time visitor to your site so I have no comparision, but I do like the design.
    cheers

  27. agentsully July 17, 2008 at 9:20 pm #

    @Shaye – Thanks! Let me know if you have any questions!

  28. ilker -=- The Thinking Blog August 7, 2008 at 3:45 pm #

    Nice favicon! =P

  29. Masataka August 11, 2008 at 12:55 pm #

    It is the first time to visit here.I have just arrived via Tecnorati.I live in Okinawa,Japan.I also began to use WordPress for the second time because WP has been improved so well.I evaluate WP the same as you.
    I wii come again.
    Bye for now.

    Masataka.

  30. agentsully August 12, 2008 at 8:24 pm #

    @Masataka – Thanks!

  31. agentsully August 12, 2008 at 8:28 pm #

    @ilker – yeah, nice huh? It should be! You designed it! Everyone should seek out your graphic design services!

  32. Geoserv August 22, 2008 at 9:32 pm #

    The biggest thing for me is design. I am starting to get tired of my current design.

    Should you change your design when you get tired of it, or how do you decide?

  33. Sumit Ojha August 25, 2008 at 6:23 am #

    Hi, Well, This is really nice work, I like it and I also bookmark this one… Anyway, this website is also awesome, Layout it cool… Keep up this good work 🙂 – Sumit Ojha plz also visit my site http://www.glowindia.com

  34. paul August 27, 2008 at 11:19 pm #

    A good place to find awesome WP tips and themes is SmashingMagazine.com. Well worth checking out. One of my favorites.

  35. Mobius September 5, 2008 at 8:40 pm #

    Thank you for the link to some nice WP templates!

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  37. Brian Smith March 9, 2010 at 5:11 pm #

    Thanks for the post- I love WordPress, and generaly like my theme, but need to clean it up a bit to make it more user – friendly. Thanks again!

  38. iiiii March 16, 2012 at 12:47 am #

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