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  1. Hi Eb. Great post and site with lots of useful tips! I’m fairly new to blogging and am very happy with my Pipdig theme. But I’ve still had to tweek it and no doubt there are things I can do to improve my site.

    I’m an artist and I’m surprised at the amount of creative friends who still opt for free themes. And who try to spend as little as possible on their sites as a whole and won’t consider self-hosting. It’s such a false economy, plus setting up by yourself isn’t as hard as they may think.

    1. Hi Emerald! Thanks so much for your kind comments. Oh I love Pipdig themes – I have a good blogging friend who has a Pipdig theme and it is GORGEOUS!! Ooh I have just had a sneaky peep at your site – BEAUTIFUL!! Totally agree about free themes/not being self-hosted is a false economy. When you compare the costs to what you would have to pay if you were setting up a traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ business it’s tiny, but yet the rewards are huge – so much more professional, as well as being a better reader experience and better for your SEO too. And yes, setting up a self-hosted blog is waaay easier than it sounds! Eb 🙂

  2. Oh, how I wish you’d written this when I first moved from Blogger to WordPress. I didn’t give most of this a thought. But I’m now thinking it’s time to update my theme, so I’m looking at Restored 316 themes now. I’ve done the quiz and Divine has been recommended. Will use your affiliate link if I do go down this route.

    1. Hahaha – if I could have a pound for every time someone had said that to me!! So pleased you found it useful. I really recommend R316 themes – they are so good! Really designed with serious blogging and running an online business in mind. Aw, that’s so kind of you – thank you! Eb x

  3. Hi Eb, my hubby is out this evening so I’m spending an exciting Friday night researching themes. I’ve just done the quiz and it’s recommended Divine too! I’m going to do a bit more research and make a decision soon. An update is definitely overdue for my site anyway. x

    1. Hi Corina, Oooh exciting times. Shopping for a new theme is so much fun! I really do recommend Divine and all the R316 themes. They are so good. Not only do they look pretty, but they are very customisable and have great functionality too. Can’t wait to see what you do! Eb x

  4. I want to thank you for the extremely valuable content you provide! I just used your affiliate link to purchase my theme at Refined316! I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  5. I bit the bullet and bought a theme for my very small, still young food blog (went through R316 with your link). I’m still trying to get Google to index my pages but thankfully they are indexing more and more of them. Since installing the theme, though, Google Search Console now shows about 40 pages without indexing which were part of the theme. Demo posts, fake categories, etc. I deleted all the demo posts, pages, categories, and tags when I implemented the theme, but they are still showing up on GSC. How do I remove them from Google so they don’t count against my pages being indexed? (Those pages don’t even exist anymore, but I can’t figure out how to tell Google that.)

  6. Your posts are SO helpful, thanks Eb!! I finally named my blog & got set up on SiteGround (using your link of course! *cheeky wink*) and am Theme-Shopping! I don’t know what I would do without the action-plan you’ve provided!! So much to think of. Thanks for all the help!!! Cheers! -Lyla

  7. I am slowly working your way through your articles and they’ve been really very insightful as i prepare for a travel blog. Tried looking around R316/Pipdig for some themes for a travel blog and am so overwhelmed at so many options. What’s the best way to narrow down options or something suitable for travel (eg your limoncella theme seems to be catering specifically to food blogs – how do i search for one that may cater to travel?)

    1. Hi Tommy, great to hear you’ve been finding my articles helpful! I totally understand about themes – it can be really tricky to choose. The great thing about Restored 316 themes is that they are super flexible and with tons of customization options… so even something like the Limoncella theme could look great as a travel blog. And that ‘feminine’ style can be made to look ‘neutral’ or ‘masculine’ with some very small changes. That said, Lauren at R316 has created a theme specifically for Travel bloggers in mind – called Journey https://shop.restored316designs.com/product/journey-theme-kadence/ Hope that helps!

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