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Why am I Changing Domains?

Changing domains was a HUGE debate in my head. I wanted to change my blog name, but didn’t even know where to start. I was so afraid of all of the things I had to switch over and take care of.

Surprisingly, it was super easy! With the help of Bluehost that is! I’ll get into more detail about that later though.

LalaThree was a personal name for my company. It means something special! For those of you who read my first blog post, you got that my mom’s nickname is Lala and my sisters and I make three daughters.

Although LalaThree was sentimental, I felt it didn’t speak to my audience without having EVERYONE read about the name and understand the personal feel to it. I wanted something to direct readers to content.

Thus, Steph & Home was born! It incorporates my name as well as my niche! It tells my readers what I am all about. *

Fortunately, LalaThree still exists! It is the parent company of Steph & Home. It is still the branding of the Etsy shop as well.

Changing Domains: The Process

All in all changing domains  was an easy experience for me. There were just a lot of little tasks to complete. I’ll outline them in a checklist below.

Before I did ANYTHING, I made sure that this was something I wanted to do. I created a new branding logo through Canva, name, etc. and got FEEDBACK! That’s important too! I was in my Facebook groups posting away for advice.

First, I had a LOT of help from Bluehost. I purchased the new domain through them. On the phone, they helped me to basically copy everything from LalaThree to Steph and Home (parked domain for LalaThree). After they copied everything, we redirected LalaThree links to Steph and Home as well. If you have a different hosting company, CALL THEM! They are there to support you! Ask them to copy the website files for you to match it exactly then create the redirect. Don’t be afraid to ask!!

Following, I manually created redirect links for all of the LalaThree blog post links to Steph and Home. You can see the screenshot below of how to do so! Luckily, I only had six blog posts to redirect manually. If any one knows of an easier way, please share!

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Next, I set up my new G Suite account. Unfortunately, I cannot use the old G Suite and replace it with the new @domain. It’s 5 bucks a month so it was no biggie to me at the time. After G Suite, I could now update everything else (since I wanted my e-mail to be consistent with everything).

I went into Facebook and updated everything visual then proceeded with About Me and Site Info sections. Pinterest was next. I changed the name, added a little excerpt about the name change for followers, along with address and email. Instagram didn’t needed to be updated because I am keeping my full name as my Instagram account but email and info for website was updated!

Aside from social media, ConvertKit, Google Analytics, Google Adsense, Tailwind, and Bluehost now were the last to be changed in terms of email, username, etc.

A lot of little tasks in changing domains right?!

Checklist for Changing Domains

Anyway, it seems like a lot of BIG work, but don’t be turned off to changing domains. In the long run, you will be happier if your new name goes more with your niche and target audience.

Think of it as an investment! You are putting all the time and effort to complete the little tasks to help in the long run and the bigger scheme of your blog biz!

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16 thoughts on “Changing Domains & Migrating

  1. I changed domains recently, too. I wish I had read this first because I did not understand what to do, causing needless headaches.

    Posted on August 3, 2017 at 1:48 pm
    1. Lol omg I thought I was going to be in a whirlwind of headaches too! It was pretty easy though. I am not joking when I say BlueHost did the majority of the work!

      Posted on August 4, 2017 at 6:10 am
  2. This is great resource, I am currently contemplating moving from WordPress to the own domain hosted WordPress but after moving my blog two months ago from blogger I am worried about disrupting my following and it being loads of work

    Posted on August 3, 2017 at 4:03 pm
    1. Omg, I was afraid of that too, but after redirecting the links, I am giving it about 12 months for everyone to update saves and all that. It’s pretty simple generally, but tiny tasks add up 🙁

      Posted on August 4, 2017 at 6:11 am
  3. Thank you for sharing this. I have thought about rebranding and changing my domain, but I’ve always been afraid of all the work involved. Saving this for later!

    Posted on August 3, 2017 at 6:58 pm
    1. Yes! There’s definitely a lot of little steps, but I figured it was worth it in order to get my name further out there!

      Posted on August 4, 2017 at 6:11 am
  4. I’ve been thinking about changing domain names for a long time. When I first signed up with WordPress for blogging, don’t ask me how, but for some ridiculous reason, I thought that the domain name was my “username” … so now I’m stuck with what I thought would be my user name as my domain name! Oops! When I finally get around to changing my domain, this will be very helpful, so I sincerely thank you for that! Haha!

    Posted on August 4, 2017 at 3:11 am
    1. Lol! Omg that’s funny. I would’ve probably done the same thing. When I initially started, the lingo was so everywhere and I had no idea what I was doing lol Sometimes I still don’t!

      Posted on August 4, 2017 at 6:12 am
  5. Great post. I may consider changing to this company soon!

    Posted on August 4, 2017 at 4:14 am
    1. Thanks! Yeah rebranding isn’t as difficult as I thought it would be!

      Posted on August 4, 2017 at 6:12 am
  6. This a great resource! everything is so well explained. Step by step tutorial to avoid any mistake. Thanks for sharing with us. Bloggers who are new would find it so useful 🙂

    Posted on August 4, 2017 at 9:19 am
    1. Agreed! I am new and wish someone would have created something like this for me!

      Posted on August 7, 2017 at 7:54 am
  7. This is so useful, thank you! I wonder if the process is pretty much the same if changing hosts?

    Posted on August 4, 2017 at 1:37 pm
    1. I wonder too! I’ve been thinking about changing hosts too!

      Posted on August 7, 2017 at 7:55 am
  8. Great good to know, and it doesn’t sound that hard really. Thanks for that

    Posted on August 4, 2017 at 5:18 pm
    1. Absolutely! It wasn’t difficult at all!

      Posted on August 7, 2017 at 7:55 am