I met Katie Bryson on our summer holiday last year. Whilst our children were playing in the sunshine we chatted about what we did, etc, as you do.

I discovered that Katie was using wordpress.com to host her family food blog called Feeding Boys and a Firefighter. Katie wanted to change the design of her blog to have a custom look and feel. She was thinking about transferring to a self hosted WordPress blog but wasn’t sure where to start.

As it was something I could help her with, we started discussing what she was looking for. Katie wanted a magazine feel and on the homepage to showcase particular posts and recipes. Katie also wanted a menu system so readers could go direct to a particular recipe type, such as Dinner Recipes – Vegetarian.

The Solution

Katie and I looked through various premium WordPress themes and the Magazine Theme from StudioPress had exactly the structure that Katie wanted. It has an image slider to highlight latest posts, two sections underneath to list latest reviews and competitions and another area below for Katie to put favourite or seasonal recipes in.

Katie’s brother-in-law Mark Bryson designed the header graphic and from that the colour scheme of the website was set.

Next I had to import all Katie’s posts from wordpress.com which in theory is a very straight forward process of using the exporter in wordpress.com and running the importer on the new website. However with the volume of images Katie had, I ran into difficulties with scripts timing out on the server. A change in hosting provider and the wonderfully helpful TSOHost support and eventually it was all uploaded.

Finally Katie had to simplify her categories for the new menu system and the new blog was ready. With a little advise about SEO and social media integration www.feedingboys.co.uk was live!

Katie Says

Joanne provided an excellent service and worked really hard to achieve the website I had in mind. She was always available to answer any questions I had and was happy to talk me through things I didn’t understand. I’m bowled over with my new website and am so grateful for all of Joanne’s hard work.