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Welcome To My New Home! Please Help

by Spicie Foodie on August 3, 2011

Hello again! So here you are at my new virtual home. Welcome! Did you notice the new domain? Yep, Spicie Foodie’s new domain is http://www.spiciefoodie.com/ no more .blogspot.com.

I hope you guys enjoy the slightly updated look of the site. While 99% of the new site is finished, over the next weeks or so there will be a few more things added. But for now I need some much deserved chilaxing time. It has been an emotional, lack of sleep, nerve wrecking but really fun experience all at once. You see my CSS, PHP, programming skills were very small. But with the help of a really neat program called Thesis, much learning and reading I was able to turn my blog from an ordinary default theme to this customized look. Not to toot my own horn but I am quite proud what I have created.

So why the move you ask?  I feel a little sad leaving Blogger for WordPress, because Blogger is why and how I learned basic html code. Blogger has been a loyal free service that I couldn’t complain too much about. Besides when something is free to us we really shouldn’t complain too much. Anyways, the main reason for the switch is that I’ve had my .com reserved for 2 years and it was time to put it to use. After all I am paying for hosting. The other main reason is that now with WordPress I have more freedom to add as much function/customization as I want as well as being able to use my FTP to upload to my server. One of the great new features I’m really linking is that  now we can all reply to individual comments. This should be a better conversation starter.

I invite you to take a look around. This is how I need your help 1.If you see anything wrong or missing please could you kindly do me the favor of adding a comment or sending me an email? Thanks I’d really appreciate it. 2. While there is a 301 redirect set for any incoming links from the .blogspot to the .com I want to be double sure. So can you update your link, bookmarks,RSS feed subscriptions, to my site please? For the links I mean if you link to me in your sidebar or links page.

Here is all the information : 
New main link: http://www.spiciefoodie.com/
Link to the YBR page: http://www.spiciefoodie.com/ybr/
New Link to RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/SpicieFoodie
You can now subscribe by email: Check out the sidebar over there →

P.S.
If there is a social media icon you want added to the share thingy let me know and I’ll add it. Thanks!

in Announcements,News

{ 78 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica August 3, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Congrats! Love the look.

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2 Spicie Foodie August 3, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Hi Jessica, Thank you :) !

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3 Lindsey@Lindselicious August 3, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Congrats on the move, things look great! I want to make the move over too (to wordpress and a domain) – thanks for sharing that it took you a while too…

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4 Spicie Foodie August 3, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Hi Lindsey, Thank you:) You should go ahead and do it when you are ready.

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5 Kelly August 3, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Looks great!! Congrats on the new domain name, yay!! :)

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6 Spicie Foodie August 3, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Thank you Kelly :)

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7 Tiffany August 3, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Your site looks great! I admire your hard work and determination, I’ve looked into Wordpress and some day I will follow, if I ever find some extra time on my hands. Congratulations!

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8 Spicie Foodie August 3, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Hi Tiffany, Gracias:) Wow, that is so sweet of you to say. I am feeling completely drained so your words mean alot to me, thanks. It does take a lot of time and concentration but I know you’d be able to do it.

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9 Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family August 3, 2011 at 1:50 PM

LOVE the new look!!!

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10 Spicie Foodie August 3, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Thank you Rachel :)

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11 Chef Dennis August 3, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Congratulations on your move to your new domain! how exciting!!
You did an outstanding job of doing this yourself, I have absolutely no skills what so ever in this area. I can’t wait to see what else you do with your site.
Chef, Photographer, Writer and now Blog Designer what a talented friend you are!
Cheers
Dennis

(I can’t wait to be able to answer my comments too…just a few short weeks away)

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12 Spicie Foodie August 3, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Hi Dennis, Thank you! Can you see me blushing?:) I hope the work on your new website is going well.

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13 Kim Bee August 3, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Congrats on your move. It looks fantastic. You’ve done a really great job with it. I’ve been thinking about moving myself but not sure I am capable of it. I know nothing of html and design.

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14 Spicie Foodie August 3, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Hi Kim, Thank you :) If you do make the move I would really suggest buying Thesis. It really helps you build a basic but good website. There are also many free predesigned Wordpress templates to choose from, though I don’t know how much you can customize them. But the WP support is good and huge.

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15 Sandra's Easy Cooking August 3, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Congrats Nancy,!!! It looks just wonderful in any possible way! I wish you luck in the future!!!

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16 Spicie Foodie August 3, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Thank you Sandra :) !

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17 Shay August 3, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Absolutely beautiful! Congrats!

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18 Spicie Foodie August 3, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Thank you so much Shay!

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19 Judy August 3, 2011 at 2:21 PM

It looks great. I would love to have the ability to reply to comments, but just can’t face trying to make the change to wordpress. At least not anytime soon. Congratulations for figuring it all out yourself!

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20 Spicie Foodie August 3, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Thank you Judy. Yes it does seem and is a big task. But honestly if it is something you want to do don’t wait to long. The more content, comments, followers etc. you have the harder and more changes of more getting lost.

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21 Ann August 3, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Congratulations on your new move…I’m sure you’ll settle in nicely.

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22 Spicie Foodie August 3, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Thank you Ann :)

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23 Gina August 3, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Changing it right now, you lost me on the lingo, but I think it looks great. I’m going to have to buckle down this winter and read up on it. Go chillax.
-Gina-

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24 Spicie Foodie August 3, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Thank you Gina :) The lingo, I better settle down or I’m going to getting confused myself, hehe :)

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25 veronica gantley August 3, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Looks like you made a good move. I hope you didnt break any thing along the way. LOL For me it felt like my site was mine. No blogspot on the end. I look forward to seeing many more of your posts!

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26 Spicie Foodie August 3, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Thank you Veronica. The only thing broken was my head, hehe:) Good for you!

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27 Adora's Box August 3, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Congratulations on the move, Nancy!

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28 Spicie Foodie August 3, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Thank you Adora!

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29 torviewtoronto August 3, 2011 at 4:40 PM

congrats will check it out Nancy

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30 Spicie Foodie August 3, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Thanks:)!

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31 C1tr4-My Home Diary in Turkey August 3, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Congratulation on the moving up Nancy! more power, keep it up ! ^,^

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32 Spicie Foodie August 3, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Thanks Citra!

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33 Sandra August 3, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Your new site looks great Nancy, you should have a house/blog warming to celebrate!

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34 Spicie Foodie August 3, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Hi Sandra, Thank you:) Yeah that sounds like fun!

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35 Magic of Spice August 3, 2011 at 6:53 PM

You did it! Congratulations sweetie, looks great :)

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36 Spicie Foodie August 4, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Thank you sweetie:)

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37 Blomma August 3, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Very nice beautiful. Congretulation!

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38 Spicie Foodie August 4, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Thank you!

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39 Victoria August 3, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Looks great! I’m glad the move went well!! I’m still on Blogger but I have my own domain name. Not sure if/when I will self-host, but it’s good to see that it can successfully be done!

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40 Spicie Foodie August 4, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Thanks Victoria. If you are happy with your setup there is no pressure. But yes it can be done even by a beginner:)

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41 Christine August 3, 2011 at 7:31 PM

New home looks good.

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42 Spicie Foodie August 4, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Thanks Christine!

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43 Nishi August 3, 2011 at 7:49 PM

The site looks fantastic Nancy. Your hard work really shows :)

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44 Spicie Foodie August 4, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Thank you Nishi!

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45 Winelady Cooks August 3, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Congratulations! on the new site. It’s a huge challenge but it’s so worth it in the end. YOU DID IT! and that’s the best part.

Joanne

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46 Spicie Foodie August 4, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Thank you Joanne! Yes that is so true all the hard work is worth it.

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47 Jessica August 3, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Yay congrats!! Looking forward to more recipes at your new site! Love all your photos and recipes of course =)

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48 Spicie Foodie August 4, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Thank you Jessica. I do have some recipes lined up to get back to blogging.

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49 Tiffany August 3, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Congrats on your new home Nancy! Welcome to the other side :D LOL

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50 Spicie Foodie August 4, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Thanks Tiffany!

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51 Priya Sreeram August 3, 2011 at 10:14 PM

congrats Nancy – moving to your own domain sounds fun- wishes n cheers !

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52 Spicie Foodie August 4, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Thanks!

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53 Anncoo August 3, 2011 at 10:44 PM

Congratulations Nancy! Your site looks great :)

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54 Spicie Foodie August 4, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Thank you Ann!

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55 Maya August 3, 2011 at 10:57 PM

Yeaaay…you finally made it here, many congratulations! Let me just say, I LOVE the new set-up. Now I know who to turn when I decide to do the same thing ;-). Happy chillaxing, Nancy…you deserve the break!

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56 Spicie Foodie August 4, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Hi Maya, Thank you sweetie:) Of course if I can offer any help I’m there for you. Not that I’m an expert or anything.

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57 Marsha @ The Harried Cook August 3, 2011 at 11:22 PM

Congrats on the new domain name & the new site, Nancy! It looks great :) I bought my own domain name a few months ago, but have had no time or energy to make the transition… Hats of to you for all your hard work & creativity! I love what you’ve done, and I can’t wait to see all the amazing things you do on your new site :) You rock!

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58 Spicie Foodie August 4, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Thank you Marsha! It is a lot of hard work and planning but everyone can do it:)

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59 muppy August 3, 2011 at 11:46 PM

Loooking good!

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60 penny aka jeroxie August 4, 2011 at 12:10 AM

fabulous! good to see you made the move :)

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61 Spicie Foodie August 4, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Thank you Penny:)

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62 Manu August 4, 2011 at 12:25 AM

Ohh Congrats on your new domain Nancy! It looks really cool! :-)))
How know it can be nerve wrecking… so, take it easy for a while! <3 I love the new look!

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63 Spicie Foodie August 4, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Hi Manu, Thank you :)

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64 Laura @ Family Spice August 4, 2011 at 1:02 AM

Congratulations, Nancy!! It’s not easy moving everything over. I know a move to WP is in my future, too, but not just yet. Keeping myself busy working on a database instead. Looking forward to all of your new improvements on an already FABULOUS site!

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65 Spicie Foodie August 4, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Hi Laura, Thank you:) Wow that sounds like another huge project. I’m to tired to even think about that now, hehe! Good luck to you.

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66 Tadka Pasta August 4, 2011 at 2:49 AM

It looks very sleek and modern, Nancy. How wonderful that you did all this on your own. Everything’s working great!

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67 Spicie Foodie August 4, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Hi Tadka, Thank you and glad to hear it.

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68 Hester Casey @ Alchemy in the Kitchen August 4, 2011 at 6:29 AM

Congrats on your new home, Nancy. Hope it brings you even more success.

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69 Spicie Foodie August 4, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Thank you so much Hester :)

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70 Elyse @The Cultural Dish August 4, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Congrats on your new domain!

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71 Spicie Foodie August 4, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Thanks Elyse!

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72 Frank August 5, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Congrats on the new site! It looks great!

Look forward to hearing more about your impressions of Wordpress. I’ve been toying with the idea myself but haven’t yet made up my mind…

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73 Spicie Foodie August 5, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Hi Frank, Thank you! So far I am quite happy with the change. If you have any questions let me know.

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74 claudia lamascolo August 7, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Congrats on your new home I’d follow you anywhere!

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75 Spicie Foodie August 7, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Aw, thank you Claudia :)

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76 Trix August 9, 2011 at 9:33 AM

I am late getting over here, but better late late than never right? Looks great, and good for you for making the switch. I want to but I admit I am nervous to do it … Yay, you!!

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77 Spicie Foodie August 9, 2011 at 11:01 AM

You are always welcome Trix, late or early :) Thanks, it is a big step and a lot to think about. But when you are ready or if you are then do it otherwise Blogger is also great.

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78 Skylar August 11, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Love the new website, it looks great. Looking forward to more great recipes!

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