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Feb 28 2011

Sheltie Nation WordPress Blog Design and Migration

Custom Blog Design

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Sheltie Nation is a blog about Shelties! Kelly, and her readers, have a real love for all things Sheltie (which is a breed of dog, btw) and her blog is a huge repository of photos, articles, resources, tips and advice to Sheltie owners everywhere. Kelly wanted a cute design to go along with her cute pups and we worked together with her artist, Diane Troese from EmpireShelties.com for illustrations, and together with our graphic design work – Kelly was thrilled with the result! …

Project Details

Specs

Kelly from SheltieNation provided us with the design specs for her web site, which included things like fun, cute, natural and playful. Kelly wanted something colorful that also integrated artwork from her favorite Sheltie artist, Diane Troese from SheltieEmpire.com. Once we had the artwork in hand, Laurie created a very cute three-column layout for Kelly. We chose three columns because Kelly wanted space for her usual blog sidebar stuff (navigation links, categories, comments, etc) as well as areas for advertisements from her affiliate partners.

The challenging part about Kelly’s design was that we also needed to do a migration from Typepad to WordPress. Previously, she was using Typepad as a blogging platform, but ultimately, decided that she needed more control over her own content so she opted to host with us at our hosting division at BA Hosting, and then we dug in and started the import process of over 4 years of archives from TypePad to her newly hosted WordPress installation. Importing content from Typepad is a pretty easy process because WordPress provides a handy import tool – - the challenge came with bringing over 4 years of photographs that she uses in her blog posts. If you visit Kelly’s site, you will notice that user-submitted photographs of Shelties are a BIG, big part of what she includes in her blog posts. TypePad does not provide their users with an easy way to backup photographs – - well, heck – let’s face it, TypePad doesn’t give their users ANY tool to backup photographs or include them in their export file. So we needed to get creative to make sure we 1.) migrated them from TypePad to her new hosting account and 2.) make sure that all the images had correct paths within her blog posts so that they showed up when readers visited her site. We wish Typepad made it a bit easier – - but we got the job done!

SheltieNation also features user polls, social media integration (Facebook and Twitter), custom Google Search, Ads and monetization, our custom design applied to her vBulliten discussion forum site: Sheltie Forums, and a handy contact form allowing her site visitors to contact her, directly via email.

  • Powered by WordPress
  • Custom Graphic Design
  • Web site design with WordPress
  • Typepad to WordPress import
  • Customized Cascading Style Sheet (CSS)

2 Responses to “Sheltie Nation WordPress Blog Design and Migration”

  1. Mircea Prodan

    05. May, 2011

    Hi! I’m from Romania. I read your book on WordPress and I want to say it was a big help. I’m passionate about WordPress though I have a lot to learn. I “discovered” only after a few months. Thanks anyway for the advice I found in your book. Congratulations and thank you very much!

  2. Rome

    18. Jul, 2012

    Hi! I’m from . I read your book on WordPress and I want to say it was a big help. I’m passionate about WordPress though I have a lot to learn. I “discovered” only after a few months. Thanks anyway for the advice I found in your book. Congratulations and thank you very much!