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My Upgrade Update | WordPress Premium Plan

September 1, 2017 in Lifestyle, Personal - 3 min read

I. Finally. Upgraded!

I have been waiting since February for this day to come but in all honesty, I feel like it was worth the wait and while waiting I had a chance to do my research and figure out what features I wanted to add on my site and how I wanted it to look like. I am happy because now I have everything I need and my site looks like it’s wearing a suit.

I literally feel so grown – feels like I have done something huge, something that has brought me much closer to bigger things. I thought about self-hosting my site with HostGator but after much consideration I figured I might as well just upgrade on WordPress since this platform provides me with all the necessary things.

The WordPress Premium Plan

Anyway, let me tell you why I am so excited. I had been using the free plan since I started blogging (October 2016) and I recently upgraded to the premium plan which comes with so many benefits. I had to pay an annual fee of $99 (R1 300) but I really cannot complain. At least I can start making money off my site now.

The space has been extended from 3GB to 13GB which is great. I also got to remove the WordPress advertisements that linger around when visitors come to the site. The most important thing that I wanted to do was to remove the ‘wordpress’ off my domain/URL and I did it. Previously my domain was http://www.buddingregardless.wordpress.com and now it is http://www.buddingregardless.com.

Theme Choice

How did I get my site looking so sweet yet professional? This premium plan comes with thousands of themes and I had been eyeing this Rosalie theme for months now and this plan gave me the privilege to customise it any way I wish to. If you would like to purchase this theme, it is $49 (+/-R650) – you will not regret it. This theme looks absolutely beautiful on any device (especially a laptop).

Pages Updated

Also, since I was pretty much revamping my site, I decided to edit my About and Bucket List page too so you can check that out. I kind of wanted to have 100 things to do on my Bucket List so I randomly added cool things to do.

Related Updates

I added more categories as well – Blogging, Adventures and Tips because I will be exploring, experiencing and experimenting a whole lot more. I cannot limit myself hence great blogs will continue to flood your emails if you are subscribed. Also, I created a new email address, so if you need to holla at me for any reason or even collaborations, you can do so on my personal email – umbalenhlek@gmail.com

This change got me feeling all kinds of giggidy inside. I love change, I love to see growth, I love challenges and I love the feeling of being proud of myself. I will have to juggle school, dance and blogging like a master now, anything is possible with determination and self-motivation so hopefully every little stream in my life will continue to flow and flourish. Budding Regardless is still pretty much budding regardless – growth on steroids.

Until next time,
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45 Comments

  • Jessica Hugo September 1, 2017 at 21:25

    This is awesome!!! Congrats girl. The site sure looks clean and that’s way to go. Growth is welcome.
    http://jessicahugoinspire.com

    • Mbalenhle September 4, 2017 at 12:03

      YASS!🙌 Thanks Jessica 💖

  • angelspartaness September 1, 2017 at 22:33

    That’s so exciting! Congratulations! I remember when I upgraded my blog and site and how giddy I felt! It truly is wonderful 👍🏼😊 x

    -Helene | https://angelspartaness.com/

    • Mbalenhle September 4, 2017 at 12:02

      I literally can’t stop logging in to look at it😅. Haha. Thank you Helene 😙

  • ultimatetravel8 September 1, 2017 at 22:33

    Well done!

  • Fisayo Adeyemi September 2, 2017 at 00:34

    Congrats girl 💪. Can’t wait to wait to to upgrade mine.

    • Mbalenhle September 4, 2017 at 12:01

      Thank you so much 😊. It’s worth the wait, trust me ❣

  • jess September 2, 2017 at 02:49

    Congrats! I recently upgraded too and it has been a learning experience for sure lol. Good luck with your new site :))

  • wheretoeatabuja September 2, 2017 at 12:14

    Congratulations! I hope to meet you guys on the premium side very soon 🙂

  • Deshi Nenkinan Nehemiah September 2, 2017 at 18:55

    Omg! Congrats Mbalenhle. Way to go. Some of us are still saving up 😅😅

    • Mbalenhle September 4, 2017 at 11:59

      Thank you 😉! Haha. Keep saving up, it’ll be worth it 💕

  • diaryofanineteenyearold September 2, 2017 at 21:38

    Congrats!! 💕

  • Mariam Shittu September 3, 2017 at 18:13

    Congratulations girl! I wanna do this soon too especially because of the ads. Hopefully it will be sooner than later. Well done.

    • Mbalenhle September 4, 2017 at 11:58

      Thanks Mariam 💖. I hope you upgrade soon too🤗

  • Mapitso Thaisi September 4, 2017 at 09:52

    I love Premium! Welcome honey 🙂

  • behindtheseenblogger September 4, 2017 at 14:27

    Congrats Mbalenhle on the upgrade

  • 3C Style September 5, 2017 at 01:40

    This is awesome. Very happy for you and I wish you lots of fun. Take care. -Dominique

  • Christy B September 5, 2017 at 02:47

    It looks awesome!! I love how excited you are 🙂 Cheers to continuing to create great content here <3

    • Mbalenhle September 5, 2017 at 18:09

      So excited 😊. Thank you so much Christy 🤗💖

  • Vilina Christoph September 8, 2017 at 10:18

    Well done, it looks beautiful <3

    • Mbalenhle September 8, 2017 at 11:37

      Thank you Vilina 🤗💟

  • Cherylene October 5, 2017 at 17:39

    Congratulations! 🙂

  • littlediyprojects October 5, 2017 at 19:45

    Congratulations!
    I have a question though: how can you earn money with a premium plan? Is it also possible with a personal plan?

    xxx, Yara

    • Mbalenhle October 12, 2017 at 07:23

      Hey Yara🙋, l haven’t put up any ads yet for commission and no, monetizing your site isn’t possible with the personal plan – it’s on the premium and the business plan💖

  • Siphosetu October 16, 2017 at 11:08

    Congrats! You’ve done so well with your blog. Inspired!

    • Mbalenhle October 16, 2017 at 20:23

      Thank you so much 🤗💖

  • ken October 17, 2017 at 12:08

    Congrats dear

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  • John Monyjok Maluth December 11, 2017 at 15:41

    Congrats!
    Thanks for sharing your excitements with us.
    I also want to upgrade, but maybe to Business plan, because I want to create a complete e-learning environment for my blog.

    Can you install any plugins in Premium?
    It seems I can only do this in Business.

    John Shalom

    • Mbalenhle December 11, 2017 at 21:09

      I think the business plan is the best option in your case. And no, l cannot install plugins on this plan. Goodluck nonetheless, l hope everything works out 🙌.
      Thanks John🌻

  • Kiniale Job December 11, 2017 at 21:45

    Congratulations girl..Just wanted to know how do you create an email subscription..does it come with the Rosalie theme or what?

    • Mbalenhle December 16, 2017 at 02:26

      Customise your blog, click on Widgets and ‘Follow blog’ is the one l used for my subscriptions☄

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