Moving to self-hosted WP was a lot of work than I imagined. After almost a month of the switch, my blog is still looking pretty bare. So now I’m looking for help a.k.a your opinion with my blog design and what service to use for subscribing to my blog.
Jetpack or Mailchimp?
When I made my announcement of switching to self-hosted WP I told you guys that I won’t be using Jetpack anymore. So now yes, I’m using Mailchimp but I’m still torn between it and Jetpack.
Pros of using Jetpack:
- Jetpack is really easy to use.
- I will be able to move all my followers/subscribers from my old blog to my new one.
Cons of using Jetpack:
- It doesn’t show shortcodes.
- Emails look meh.
Pros of using Mailchimp:
- Accurate and awesome analytics.
- I can design how my emails looks.
Cons of using Mailchimp:
- I can’t transfer my followers who are using WP.com.
- Emails get sent to the Promotions tab.
Another service I’m thinking of using is Feedburner though I heard a lot of stories that the number of subscribers aren’t accurate and once, I received an email from a blogger with his/her latest post but all I got were a bunch of random letters and numbers, not the actual post.
What do you guys personally use for subscription on your blogs? What do you recommend for me?
Blog design tips for me, anyone?
As you can see my blog design is still bare and I’d like to change it. I thought of hiring a designer and I searched how much they charge for the most basic design but I still can’t afford anything because of my college expenses.
So what I need now are some design tutorials because I might do the designing myself. I’ve searched everywhere and I still don’t know what I want my blog to actually look like and also, how to achieve it.
If you guys could link me to great but easy to follow design tutorials or if you have any tips for me that would be great!
Anything you say would be a huge help because I’m really frustrated with how my blog looks. Thanks! 😀