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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!
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!
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!
Finally, I offer to you my Checklist for Changing Domains! All I ask in return is that you subscribe first! 🙂
Changing Domains Checklist
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