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Big changes coming soon….

I have consulted with a web designer on making a full-blown website, and possibly moving my site from word press or go self hosting. Nothing is set in stone, which is why I am posting this here. 

I’m looking for all feedback, positive and negative on going self hosting. 

I have also given a lot of thought of changing my site name from “Dishing it out with Clarissa” to “Dish With Clarissa” as this change would make finding my site easier, as well as cutting loose a long name to have to type in search fields. I still own through US copyright both names, one will sit dormant or I may use it for another project in the future and the other name will be my permanent name. 

I am having another site being built in the next six months as my author site.  I do have a couple of books in the works, and this site will be my full name .com. 

But for now I would really like to hear any/all feedback no matter what! Open forum …

Much thanks in advance!!




About Dish With Clarissa

Clarissa Ellis grew up learning to cook with her mom. In a time where traditional home-cooked food was going out of style, Clarissa learned to love and make those simple 'comfort foods' and family favorites. As she grew - and her mom got busier with long work hours, Clarissa supported her mom by taking over most of the cooking duties around the home. By the time Clarissa started high school - she had absorbed her mother's approach to traditional, homestyle Italian dishes; and thanks to So Cal's great weather year round... a love of cooking on the grill. Fast forward 30 years and Clarissa has never stopped cooking. She continued to explore food, learning more from So Cal's amazing cultural variety, trying things out on her family and her friends... and always learning. Never content to merely cook a good meal, Clarissa developed the habit of talking sharing her ideas with family, friends and coworkers. After a lifetime of learning and experimenting, Clarissa's love affair with traditional Italian cooking, and 'comfort foods' has grown into a robust, creative and cross-cultural approach to cooking that still manages to remain 'accessible' to the rest of us. Now Clarissa brings her experience and her approach online through her blog - giving all of us a chance give ourselves, our friends and our family the benefits of a lifetime of passion and joy in cooking simply great meals.

3 responses »

  1. Hi Clarissa,

    I’ve watched a few bloggers move from to or another self hosted platform. Some have come back to because they found it more flexible ironically. I hope whatever you decide you continue to have a like button. I also hope that whatever platform you use will be clear and easy to navigate on a desktop, tablet and smartphone.



  2. Selfishly, I’d say stick to WordPress because it’s easy to reblog you! From a flexible point of view, I’d say you’re better off with WordPress, as Gary says. I’m currently (and very slowly!) moving the posts from my theatre site, Rogues & Vagabonds, to a WordPress blog and wishing that blogs had been as available and as advanced in terms of control when I founded R&V in 2002. I worked so hard on what ultimately proved to be a very bad system that I ended up having 4 TIAs in 2008 (there were other reasons as well but you get my drift!) I also hope that whatever you decide, you continue to have a like button.


  3. I’ve gone to self-hosting. Quite frankly, there have been SO many hiccups – I’ve had to restart my blog about 3 times because the different hosting sites couldn’t handle my volume of graphics without crashing frequently. The ones that can handle it charge about $100-$500 monthly for this service. So beware, the free hosting sites aren’t all they’re cracked up to be! This also meant I’ve lost all my regular followers. I still have the same or better volume than before but at least twice the spam. I also found that the plug ins that are supposed to be so great don’t work well at all with my theme. They ended up causing the site to bog down. If I had to do it over again, I’m not sure I would!



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