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Transferring from WordPress.com to WordPress.org

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When starting our blog, Em and I didn’t have a sense for the differences between wordpress.com and wordpress.org.  As we got the hang of the blog and wordpress software, we quickly realized there was no advertising, blog her or skimlinks capability on wordpress.com!  This was very under-advertised when we signed up originally (as novices, didn’t fully understand the differences).   After talking to a few friends and trusted veterans, we concluded that there was no question we needed to migrate from wordpress.com to wordpress.org.   Like yesterday.

But how?!

Through and doing searches I ended up here:

http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-properly-move-your-blog-from-wordpress-com-to-wordpress-org/

This showed us the step by step process on how we would transfer it ourselves.  Looked manageable.  But I was still intimidated.   The initial part I understood, but all the bells and whistles and widgets that were just “in” wordpress.com, I had no idea how to optimize.  I had never dealt with widgets, nor did I have the time or energy to figure out which widgets were absolutely essential, etc.  (I work full time and have 1 4 year old and twin 1 year olds, so anything I can outsource…).

I came across this on the wpbeginner site.

http://www.wpbeginner.com/free-wordpress-blog-setup/

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Dare I!? It seemed to good to be true.   I figured I’d start the process and if at any point my scam radar went off, I’d take a step back.

First step. Sign up for a host through their affiliate link (this is how they make money from the process).   The cost is no different than otherwise would be, so I felt ok doing that.   I get it.  We want to do that too.  Anyway, we picked bluehost.  I did this on a Friday afternoon and submitted the request to wpbeginner immediately after that (they ask you to paste in your receipt).

The next morning, I got this email:

Hello Laura,

Thank you for requesting the setup for www.goodnotperfect.com . We are excited to help you getting started with WordPress. You will totally love it.

In order for us to transfer your WordPress.com account over to a self-hosted WordPress, we would need your WordPress.com login username/password.

We would also need your updated Bluehost password, so we can start the process.

Ok I got nervous. Giving passwords away? I googled away, looking for reviews on the wpbeginner service. I COULD NOT FIND ANY.  They have such good SEO that everything I tried to google regarding them just took me to their site!   But I also didn’t find any obvious red flags, like scam alerts, scathing reviews.   And their site was full of helpful reviews and good information.  It appeared to be a legitimate business with a reputation to protect.   But how long would it take? What was the exact process? No clue.

I replied asking for a phone call so I could talk to a human. They informed me that they do not have a phone assistance, and politely directed me to the tutorial link should I not feel comfortable with the assisted route.

That was disappointing, but at least someone personally responded in a specific manner.  Upside? Sign of a human being actually reading my email.

So here’s what I did.  Knowing Em also had an admin account on wordpress.com, and knowing worst case we could fry that entire site and not be devastated since we’re like 9 posts in … I took a leap of faith.  For the benefit of novice bloggers everywhere, I offered myself as an experiment.  Yes, I am your official wpbeginner guinea pig.

I changed these two passwords to something easy (not giving them my real password) and sent them over.  We are so early in the blogging process I felt like I could be a guinea pig.  And either way I thought I’d have something to write about (hopefully not a headline like: Blogger gets scammed by Kenyan Prince).

The next email from my nameless, faceless geek helper was this:

Hello Laura,

We are almost done with the migration process.

Your new site is temporary located here: http://xxxxx/goodnotperfect.com

Please login to check if everything looks good.

If everything looks good, then we need you to change the nameservers, so we can finish the final step of the migration.

To change the nameservers, you need to go to your WordPress.com admin area. Go to Store > Domains. Scroll to the bottom and select Change DNS. You will have to create a password and such.

Your nameserver needs to point to Bluehost, so it would be ns1.bluehost.com and ns2.bluehost.com

Note: As of this point on, please DO NOT make any changes to your WordPress.com site because they will not be moved over.

This was it.  So I went to go daddy (my domain registrar) and pointed my nameserver to bluehost.  If you registered domain at wordpress.com it would be there instead.

Sunday night at 7:30 (roughly 55 hours after submitting my initial request) I got this glorious email.

Hey Laura,

We are finished with the migration process.

You can login to the site by going to:

http://goodnotperfect.com/wp-admin/

username/password is: XYZ

From this point on, you will be using the above admin panel to write posts, moderate comments, and everything else. You will no longer use the WordPress.com account.

If you are not familiar with WordPress, then we have created a 17 set video series that will help guide you through it. As part of your Free WordPress setup, it is our gift to you. You may find the videos here:

http://videos.wpbeginner.com/ (It is free to create an account there)

To ensure good SEO, we have installed WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin (the same plugin that we use on our site). To see maximum results, we would like to encourage you to fill out the meta title, description, and keywords when writing the post. It is fairly self explanatory. Basically that is the information that will show up when people search for you in google. This plugin gives you a google live snippet preview as well. This article below will help

http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/properly-seo-functions-wordpress-posts/

For performance optimization, we have installed W3 Total Cache plugin, the same plugin that we use. You don’t really have to do anything to it. It just runs in the background. Should you have questions regarding other useful plugins, then feel free to visit our Blueprint page.

http://www.wpbeginner.com/blueprint/ << This is a list of all tools, services, and plugins that we use to power WPBeginner. A very handy resource.

We’ve installed Jetpack which will allow you to transfer your subscribers over. Use the contact form below to request a transfer:

http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/?jetpack=needs-service

You may have to ask around in the support forums if direct support is unavailable.

Let us know if you have any questions.

Once again, we want to thank you for choosing WPBeginner. We hope that you will come back and visit the site regularly to take advantage of our awesome WordPress tutorials.

Done.  That was it. Everything worked, the links transferred over, etc.   I had to go in there and configure the time zone, reset my password to my private one, etc.   Turns out the whole process was that simple.  All I was in charge of was worrying, constantly checking my email in hopes I didn’t miss anything, and eventually redirect my nameservers for them.

All in all, pretty painless.  We are really pleased.

Hope this helps!

Laura Sig

 

The Skinny on Juice

Juice request

Small icon sensible scienceI know what you mean … it seems juice fasts or cleanses are everywhere.  And at least where I’ve looked, there’s plenty of misinformation about this latest fad in dieting.  To be honest, the science behind it is a little shaky – but no surprises there.

So what are these juice cleanses all about anyway?  The Master Cleanse (that’s what they call that lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup diet) has been around since the 1940’s.  Yes, it seems even our grandmothers experienced lapses in common sense from time to time.  Its revival was recently popularized by Beyoncè, Demi Moore, and (your favorite) Yolanda Foster of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fame.  While I haven’t met anyone who has completed this cleanse, it wouldn’t be my first choice.   I’m guessing it wouldn’t be yours either.

On the less extreme end of the juicing spectrum are dietician-designed juice cleanses that are pre-packaged, making life easy for the dieter.  There are a multitude of options in this department (like this list you forwarded me from Well+Good). Most are fresh juices that can be shipped to your door nationwide … for a price.  And like many conveniences, juice fasting this way isn’t cheap.  In full disclosure, to say that pre-packaged juice cleanses are “less extreme” is also controversial.  Gwyneth Paltrow, who used to tout the virtues of juicing, just recently spoke out against it in favor of a more sensible approach to eating.  And I would venture your doctor probably agrees with her.

I am not afraid of a little experiment now and then.  So, I decided to jump on the juicing bandwagon myself.  Specifically, this bandwagon:

After exploring my juice cleanse options, I realized I wanted to stay true to myself and eat (drink?) locally.  Okay, mainly I was trying to save a few bucks on shipping charges, so “free local delivery” was music to my ears.  Enter Jill (a registered dietician) from Vibrant Earth Juices.

I first saw her truck parked in “Food Truck Row” at my office, and the deal was sealed.  I wondered if this juice cleanse thing would give me more energy and make me feel refreshed.  Or would I be holding my nose while choking down disgusting green concoctions six times a day?  Only one way to find out.

If you do ever want to try a juice fast, check out the actual ingredients (another example of Mindful Label Reading).  One reassuring thing about the Vibrant Earth juices is that Jill adds flax oil to almost all of her juice varieties.  This does two important things.  First, it slows down the rate at which your body absorbs the sugars in the juices (decreasing blood sugar spikes).  And second, since flax oil is a fat, it helps your body absorb the fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K).   Yes indeed, this is not your grandma’s “master cleanse”.

Vibrant Earth’s Clean Program

While the website suggested a three to five day fast, I opted for a single day for this experiment – mainly for practical reasons.  As you could imagine, you shouldn’t perform rigorous exercise while consuming only juice (it even says so on Jill’s website).  So with my current half-marathon training, a one day fast seemed like enough to begin to appreciate the effects while not passing out during a work-out à la D.J. Tanner (p.s. aren’t you glad we don’t wear leotards to the gym anymore?).

So on a random Wednesday, this little package was delivered to my doorstep before 6 a.m.:

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Gotta love cool Denver mornings that allow for doorstep delivery of milk, juices and other goodies.

I spent the day sipping on these delicious juices and had a few major revelations:

  1. Some tasted better than others. My favorite was Lunchtime (juice #3) – a mixture of sprouted almonds, filtered water, dates, cinnamon, and vanilla bean.  It’s milky, delicious, and satiating.
  2. To answer your question, I didn’t feel shaky or weak, but I wanted to eat something.  Like that fun size Milky Way haunting me from my coworker’s desk.  Or the warm, gooey spaghetti I made the kids for dinner.  It seemed like I was drinking something at all hours of the day, but I did not feel full.  I couldn’t disagree with Kate Moss more – plenty of things taste better than skinny feels.  But I digress.
  3. I have never peed so much in a day.  Even though I think I usually drink enough water, I probably don’t.

So what science has been published on juice cleanses?  As I alluded to before, there’s not much.  As you know, most medical research focuses on the effects of certain medications, supplements or diets over relatively long periods of time – months or even years.  Since juice fasting isn’t easily maintained over a long period of time, it’s tough to study.  I would go out on a limb and guess it’s not going to be studied anytime soon, because randomizing a group of healthy volunteers to a juice cleanse for anything longer than a few days would actually put their health at risk.

Why?  Well, vegetable and fruit juices contain vitamins and antioxidants which can certainly be healthy in moderation.  However, juice itself provides only carbs – no protein or fat – which makes it a poor choice for long-term dieting.  It’s just common sense – you wouldn’t feed your child only juice for weeks on end.  And as Emily has witnessed, protein malnutrition can land you in the ICU.

What could be a sensible way to incorporate juicing?  Well, intermittent fasting (IF) has become a popular and better-studied dieting method over the last decade.  The most typical form of IF involves severe restriction (<500 calories) on one or two days per week while consuming a reduced calorie diet the rest of the time.  Not only does IF facilitate weight loss, but it has been shown to reduce certain heart disease risk factors¹.

This is where juice fasting may have the most benefit.  When combined with an IF program – for example, drinking a few juices on the fasting day(s) – again, good quality juices with good ingredients -would no doubt safely aid in weight loss.

What else did I dig up?  Interestingly, I found a few studies that extolled the virtues of specific kinds of juice.  So, for example, drinking unripe grape juice (verjuice) has been shown to raise HDL (the good cholesterol)².  And blood orange juice has been shown to decrease certain inflammatory markers that are correlated with an increased risk of heart disease³.  Pomegranate juice might help lower blood sugar in diabetics⁴.

What all these studies cannot answer are the bigger questions – do regular juice fasts keep you from having a heart attack?  Do juices make you live longer (and is that what you really want anyway – but that’s another story)?

And just as I was pondering those questions, I came across this article in the newest issue of JAMA:

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This meta-analysis (a combined statistical analysis of multiple distinct research studies) looked at antioxidant supplementation⁵.  They found no reduction in mortality with antioxidant supplements and noted that beta carotene, vitamin E and high doses of vitamin A supplements may actually increase all-cause mortality.   As juices are high in antioxidants, it could be inferred they won’t likely extend your lifespan.  This also illustrates a central tenet of medical humility – medical knowledge is rapidly evolving and changing. Ideas we accept as common knowledge are disproven all the time, so it’s wise to cautiously approach anything trendy in dieting or medicine in general.

It’s safe to say that tried and true diet rules are tried and true for a reason.  Eating a healthy, balanced, portion-controlled diet while exercising five times a week will always be a recipe for maintaining a healthy body weight and feeling good.  And it’s most likely cheaper.

I don’t think frequent juice fasting is for me.  I just get too darn hungry.  But the next time I see Jill’s truck parked outside my office, I’ll definitely say hi and probably buy one of her juices.  Not because I expect juice to do something magical for me, but because it’s delicious and refreshing.

Mary Sig

P.S. I (unfortunately) did not receive any payment or perks from Vibrant Earth for doing this juice cleanse.

Sensible science complete

Journal Citations

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23171320
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22970355
  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22492368
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23497651
  5. http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1738879

Mary is a regular guest contributor to Good Not Perfect.  Mary grew up in Kansas City – raised by two science lovers – and met Laura and Emily during her stint as a Hoosier in college.  She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two daughters and works as a physician in internal medicine.  She aspires to be one of those women still running 10Ks in their 70s, and her bucket list includes visiting all 59 U.S. National Parks.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins Please

Hey Em,

So, I know you’re out there in sunny California, so you may not have heard … but here in the Midwest it’s Fall!  Let me just rub that in a little, before January rolls around and I can’t type this because it is too cold to feel my fingers.  Hope you have a lot to blog about that month …

Anyway, yes, here it’s time to start dreaming about fall colors and scarves …

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(I am way overdue for a trip to Hot Mama)

Crunching leaves in these …

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styled by Pink Peonies

And wishing this exact sweater would magically show up at about 80% off at Nordstrom Rack because we sure as heck cannot pay $238 for a sweater …

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(if you have it in the budget, please, dig out those skinny jeans then immediately click here )

But anyway, back to my request.

Dear Em, in the spirit of Fall, can you please make these?

pumpkin cheesecake muffin

via Give Peas a Chance

I came across this recipe and pretty much think the only thing that might make it better is a chocolate swirl.  So if I had the energy, I would take the above recipe, divide the pumpkin batter in half, add roughly 1/2 cup of melted chocolate chips (I like these because they’re from a dedicated nut free facility), and then swirl the 3 delicious concoctions together.   It’s not that I don’t like to bake, but I know that:

  1. you actually LOVE to bake,
  2. you probably need some help getting in the Fall spirit with all those ocean breezes and avocados everywhere, and
  3. every aspiring chef needs lots of practice with pastries (I know this because on Top Chef they always fumble on the desserts).

So naturally, I thought this was an opportunity to do you a favor.

Anyway, please package 10 of them up and send them my way, so I can sit back and have one of those, with one of these:

cafe con leche

Thanks bunches.

Laura Sig

PS – Emily humored Laura and made these!  You can read about it here.