Wojooh’s Month of Beauty – March 2015!

It’s spring – and Wojooh is in full bloom!. Put on your best floral number and pass by our Wojooh Garden Party – all month long. This March we are celebrating our bi-annual Month of Beauty, a time of the year that any beauty lover has in her calendar!. Check out this season’s latest in beauty and fragrance essentials from your favorite brands, and enjoy their Month of Beauty activities, exclusively at Wojooh.

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From March 1st – 15th, enjoy some spring scent surprises from Roberto Cavalli, Armani and Hugo Boss. From March 16th – 31st, some fabulous fragrance must haves from Dior, Nina Ricci and Davidoff.Throughout the whole month Wojooh will also be offering some makeup fun with Dior, Benefit, Givenchy and OPI. This Month of Beauty is one not to be missed!

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In the true spirit of spring, Wojooh will also be offering spring makeovers all month long, where our Wojooh makeup artists will be on hand to let you in on this season’s trending looks. Whichever trending spring look suits you best, Wojooh is here to give you all the tips and tricks you need to get that perfect look!

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Wojooh, formerly known as Faces, is the Middle East’s preferred beauty retailer having over 70 stores across 10 countries in the region.Wojooh is the Middle East reference, sharing your love of beauty.

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Review : Green Tea Facial Foam from The Face Shop!

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I love foam cleansers a lot. I think they are absolutely great for normal skin type. So, I was pretty excited to try out the Green tea facial foam from The Face Shop. There are certain ingredients I see featured on a product packaging that instantly attract me to them. In this case, they were two : Green Tea and Phyto powder. FYI : ‘Phyto’ means relating to plants. This product practically screams ‘natural’ and it’s from one of my favorite stores The Face Shop.

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It came in a tube form. It’s easy to hold and handle. The leaf print on the tube further appealed to me. It says on the tube that this rich and mild foam will cleanse impurities and makeup residue, thus providing skin a refreshing and sparkling finish.

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The product is of a thick and pasty consistency, with an iridescent shine to it. I had my hopes up for this product, considering how natural I felt it to be. However, I was so wrong. It does do a great cleaning job but it leaves my skin feeling so dry that I need to moisturize immediately after using it. Just the amount I have shown in the above pic is enough for one use. When you spread it on your face it’s almost like a pasty mask. Then when you splash your face with water, it’s foams and lathers. It leaves your skin squeaky clean however any product that does that, immediately dries out my skin. It might work for oily skin though. It doesn’t say on the tube for what skin types this cleanser is made for. When it’s not mentioned, it almost always means it’s for all skin types.

I checked the ingredients list at the back of the tube and it is loaded with parabens and also Sodium Laureth Sulfate. I couldn’t really believe my eyes. Here I was thinking it’s natural and blah blah. There are indeed leaf extracts listed in the ingredients. But still, it didn’t perform as well as I thought it would have. I am highly disappointed with this product. I do not recommend you buy it.

Price : AED 41 (on sale) for the tube containing 170 ml.

If you have tried this cleanser and you have a different or even similar experience, I would love to hear about it. Please leave a comment below..

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Izil Natural Argan Beauty is Expanding to RAK!

The latest addition to the Izil Natural Argan Beauty family is a fabulous new outlet in Al Manara Mall, Ras Al Khaimah. Quickly blossoming into one of the Middle East’s top loved beauty brands, Izil Natural Agran Beauty is moving with the demand and is rapidly expanding across the Emirates.

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Izil Natural Argan Beauty infuses the world’s rarest natural Argan oil, with only the finest natural ingredients. The result being a range of Argan oil products that will nourish, protect and accentuate the natural beauty of your skin.

The Izil Natural Beauty range includes a variety of nourishing, high-quality face, body and multi-purpose beauty products, with each product containing potent, antioxidant rich ingredients, including plant, fruit and essential oils, expertly blended with the highest concentrations of Argan oil.

To celebrate the launch of the new store, Izil will be offering complimentary mini treatments and samples of their products throughout the week of 1-7th March. So, be sure to pop down and celebrate with them!

About Izil Natural Argan Beauty:

Izil Natural Argan Beauty was launched in the UAE in 2012.  It is a highly effective, natural cosmetic brand, which is made in Morocco. All products are made from organically certified, highest quality Argan Oil, together with other natural, pure and rare ingredients.  The Izil Natural Argan Beauty range consists of the Face Collection, Body Collection and traditional Hammam Collection. The Izil Natural Argan Beauty Range is available in outlets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. For more information, please visit www.izilbeauty.com,  https://www.facebook.com/IZIL.NaturalArganBeauty or @izilbeauty.

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Site Redirect from free WordPress to self hosted blog!

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Kindly read my post Moving from free WordPress blog to self hosted WordPress blog first, before reading this one to avoid any confusion because it’s a continuation post. I am just going to pick up from where I had left in that post.

So, I ran into some trouble after moving to a self hosted blog and here are those explained:

The views on my blog hit an all time low. Usually I have anywhere between 35 – 98 views per hour. Now, I was down to between 6 – 18!. Instead of 400 – 700 unique visitors in a day, I was down to less than 40. I was baffled!. Even some of my posts which regularly get a lot of traffic were showing really less numbers. I consider these numbers important. Higher numbers obviously keep me motivated..

Finally, I figured out the problem. My posts were being viewed as usual and my blog was being visited by possibly the same number or more of people. However, those numbers were being reflected in my old (free) WordPress blog’s stats (statistics) page!. I did say in the previous post that all my old posts were available on my new blog, without any problems. Then why did when someone view a link, their numbers show up on my old stats page?. Let me explain with an example.

Say someone Googled the term ‘Purchase from iHerb’. In the search results, one of the links would be mine and this would be the link shown : http://nazninazeez.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/how-to-purchase-from-iherb/. As you can see, the link has the word ‘WordPress’ after my name. It’s my free WordPress blog. Google probably shows that link because the content of this post was originally posted using my old blog. The same content exists under http://nazninazeez.com/2014/02/06/how-to-purchase-from-iherb/ (without the ‘wordpress’ word) but since the visitor clicked on the link that Google provided, the ‘view’ is recorded under the old blog’s stats. It’s not reflected for the same post existing on my new blog. I didn’t want this to happen. I didn’t want my views split into two between the old and new blogs.

My next problem was that when someone visited www.nazninazeez.wordpress.com, the last post over there was one that I had published on the 19th of Dec. My blog had gotten suspended on the 20th, remember?. Usually when people move on to another blog, they put up a post announcing the move, on their old blog so that new visitors know. But I hadn’t done it since my blog had been suspended at that time, giving me no chance to publish a new post. Even though I got my old blog back after WordPress let me know they had suspended it by mistake, the migration process had already taken place and even if I had wanted to, I couldn’t post anything anymore from the old blog’s dashboard.

Anyone who visited www.nazninazeez.wordpress.com would think that my last post was on 19th Dec, while in reality I was posting on a regular basis on my new blog. I didn’t have any clue as to how to alert the visitors that I had moved on.

My next problem was that people who visited my old blog, kept subscribing to that blog. When I get email notifications about it, I had to go to the old blog’s dashboard and using Jetpack, migrate the new followers to my new blog. It was becoming cumbersome that I had to manually do it every time!

So, I decided to contact WPBeginner again. I explained my problems (in much fewer words actually…Man, I dunno why I go into excruciating details when writing here on the blog. I can’t stop!) and they told me about Site Redirect.

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All I had to do was purchase Site Redirect from the WordPress Store and all of these problems will be rectified. It’s a total necessity!. I saw that it’s charged at $13 (AED 47.75) per year, which I felt is a very reasonable charge. I immediately bought it and the site redirection was in place immediately.

Now, if anyone clicks www.nazninazeez.wordpress.com, they are automatically led to www.nazninazeez.com. Also, the same goes for each post links. In case of the redirection of old to the new blog’s posts, there was only one condition and that was that the formats of both posts should be the same. On the self hosted blog, there is an option to change the format of the posts’ links. I had chosen to follow the same format which, in simple words, is <site>/<date>/<post title>. In case you are following a different format, like say <site>/<post title> (which looks nicer since it’s short), there will be trouble while redirecting.

My views spiked to the usual. It was so awesome to see it. You should have seen the graph!. From rock bottom of around 40 to 600-700!!. Now, all views are unified on my new blog and the stats page shows everything up to date. I highly recommend you use Site Redirect.

I really hope you didn’t find the post confusing, with all the ‘old blog, new blog’ talk. Questions?. Leave me a comment below.

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Crate and Barrel Introduces Shore-Inspired Spring Collection!

Leading home furnishings destination Crate and Barrel introduces its spring collection for 2015, a curated assortment inspired by the easy lifestyle and fresh colors of a serene shore. With a range of products to refresh every room in the home, the collection speaks to the brand’s casual decorating style and entertaining expertise, all at an affordable price point.

Showcasing Crate and Barrel’s signature approachability and every day ease, the new collection celebrates the return of spring with a mix of colors, patterns, shapes and textures inspired by nature and the shore. Rich blue, soft turquoise, crisp white and elegant neutrals inspire an escape from the daily routine to a place where the tide comes in and the relaxed life plays out.

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“We’re excited to share our 2015 Spring assortment with customers. This collection brings together all that we believe in: clean, classic designs that are both inspiring and approachable—meant to be enjoyed every day,” said Raymond Arenson, Crate and Barrel’s Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Design.

The carefully curated assortment features vibrant, graphic textiles, unique seasonal accessories, entertaining essentials, plus Crate and Barrel’s exclusive furniture collection. Taking a cue from the calming shore, the collection highlights natural finishes and a range of colors from soft blues and greens to deep navy. Inspiration from nature is reflected in bright prints and patterns ranging from bold yellows to pops of red and orange.

Accessories such as the Oceano Throw, Driftwood Garland and Regatta Vase hint of serene shores and make any room a retreat. Dreamy Torben bedding in gray and yellow and the Hampton Stripe Seafoam Shower Curtain and Seafoam Towels provide crisp updates for bed and bath. New entertaining offerings include dramatic Lake dinnerware in deepest blue and the sunny Serrano glassware collection in shades of yellow and orange. With a nod to springtime blooms, Murphy, Azulejo and Molly pillows bring welcome color to any setting. Crate and Barrel adds a touch of fun to spring celebrations with whimsical Easter décor such as the Aluminum Bunny Bowl and Assorted Easter Cookie Cutters.

The Crate and Barrel Spring 2015 Collection will be available in stores beginning early 2015.

About Crate and Barrel

Crate and Barrel is an industry leading omnichannel home furnishings specialty retailer, known for its exclusive designs, excellent value and superb customer service. In addition to a direct marketing division that services more than 90 countries, the company operates stores throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as franchise locations in Dubai, Mexico, Singapore, Turkey and Russia. Working directly with European ateliers and factories, Crate and Barrel was among the first to introduce affordable and contemporary tabletop products and kitchenwares to American consumers. The brand’s essence has translated perfectly to the omnichannel era more than 50 years after opening its first store. For more information, visit www.crateandbarrel.com.

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Book Review : The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith!

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I am super excited to review mystery thriller titled The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith. If you are not aware of it, Robert Galbraith is J.K.Rowling’s pseudonym. It’s her first crime novel!

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Book Summary

Cuckoos calling

A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide. After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.

My Review

The book cover is absolutely beautiful!. The color combination along with the retreating figure of the protagonist, Cormoran Strike is stunning. Even before reading the summary, the book cover attracted me to it. Then once I read the summary, I knew I had to have this book..

Cormoran Strike, first of all is a ‘striking’ name. I have never heard a name like that before. He is not your typical protagonist either. Usually it’s cliché that authors create characters who are very attractive and charming. However, Cormoran is very different. He has a lot of flaws and surprisingly that’s exactly what made me like him!. He is a war veteran and has lost a leg. He walks with a limp and now being a private investigator, he is literally running out of money since he has no clients at all. Then, comes along John Bristow, requesting an investigation into the death of his famous sister, supermodel Lula Landry.

The case is such that it’s almost impossible to prove who did the crime. It is three months after the death that the brother finally decided to have someone look into it. The crime scene was no longer fresh with clues. But Cormoran has exceptional ways of looking at situations. He is so amazing. I just love him so much!. Robin Ellacott is in need of a job and it so happens that she is temporarily placed in Cormoran’s office to assist him, by an agency called Temporary Solutions. She has so much initiative and is very smart. Even though Cormoran doesn’t have the money to pay her, and Robin had initially come to the office for a period of a week, she stays on, because she loves investigating and helping Cormoran. There is a beautiful chemistry between the two but never a sexual tension, and I loved that.

Cormoran finally solves the case after a lot of investigating and much help from Robin. You will never, not even in our wildest dreams, guess who the murderer was. His methods will surely capture your attention and make you reluctant to leave the book without having finished it in one sitting, if possible!!. The book has 449 pages. I own a paperback version. This is one crime novel that you MUST not miss!. J.K Rowling yet again proves that she is an exceptional writer. I respect her even more now. The second book with Cormoran Strike in it, is ‘The Silkworm’. I plan to hopefully read it soon.

I give this book 5 out of 5 which by Goodreads standards mean that ‘it was amazing’.

I am exhilarated to also tell you guys that Cormoran Strike’s novels will be adapted for a major new television series for BBC one!. I can’t wait to see who plays the characters of Cormoran Strike and Robin..

Links to the book

Goodreads  ~ Amazon

Source : I bought The Cuckoo’s Calling from Jashanmal Bookstore. Price: AED 78. Click here to see my book haul.

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Get the Perfect Brow – Brow this Way!

Rimmel Introduces Its New Brow This Way Collection: Brow Styling Gel & Brow Sculpting Kit

Get ready for a big BROW WOW! Whether you favor natural-look arches or a bold power brow, groomed eyebrows are an essential part of every look this season. And now it’s easier than ever to define, style and sculpt your brows thanks to Rimmel’s new Brow This Way Collection.

Style and Set

Tame, enhance and beautify your brows with Rimmel’s Brow Styling Gel, a mascara-style brow-definer and fixer.

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Styling Gel Price: AED 26

Sculpt, Fill and Fix

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Love the strong brow trend? Sculpt a sophisticated statement brow with Rimmel’s Brow This Way Brow Sculpting Kit. This must-have duo compact features everything you need for a gorgeously groomed finish: wax to shape and fix brows; powder to set the wax and create a natural look; plus a double-sided brush and a combing spooly brush for a precise and flawless application.

Sculpting Kit Price: AED 44

Point of Sale: Carrefour, Lifestyle, Boots, Max Stores

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Review : Physician’s Formula Felt-Tip Eye Marker!

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I have been using Physician’s Formula Felt-Tip Eye Marker for some time now. I am not a fan of felt tip liners because I have felt they are a bit harsh on the eyes. But this one is one of my favorite eyeliners. It came in a packaging like this:

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The felt tip is sharp. It facilitates the easy application of a fine line or a bold one. The marker is thin and is very easy to hold and draw. I have it in the color 2430-Ultra Black. However, it is not an intense black. I expected it to be much more blacker. This is more like an ash black I feel. It dries almost as soon as it is applied but it has a reflective quality that gives it a liquid liner finish!. I am quite surprised at it. Also, looking at it, you will feel that if you try to rub it off, it’s going to fade. But try as you might, it stays put. This is a stunning fade proof, smudge proof and smear proof eye liner!.

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Another perfect thing is that just about anyone can use it, a beginner or an expert!. Beginners will find it ultra easy to try it. This is definitely fool proof. Even if you make mistakes, it’s easy to remove it with any makeup remover and start over. My tip would be to apply makeup remover at the tip of a cotton bud and work it only over the ‘mistake’. I haven’t ever come across an eyeliner that stays in place, is smudge proof but at the same time is super easy to remove too!. Usually the stronger formulas are tough to remove. This product comes off with just one swipe of a cotton pad with makeup remover on it. Even the gentlest makeup remover can remove this formula!.

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This product is literally perfection. I was sent this from US as a gift from a friend who knows I love eye liners ♥. What a thoughtful gift!. For the amount of versatility this product offers, it couldn’t be any cheaper!. It’s only $7.25 (AED 26.63) for the marker that contains 0.8gms. You can buy it from this US based online shopping site that ships worldwide. If you are a first time customer, you will get a guaranteed $5 off (even if it’s just one product you are ordering), which means you can get this product for as less as $2.25!

Do leave a comment below and let me know if you have tried out this product.

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Teeny Twin at EIDEAL Online – For Great Hair on the Go!

EIDEAL online has the perfect handbag accessory for ladies who are always on the go –Teeny Twin, a mini curling and flat iron in one, featuring the latest revolutionary technology in portable size making it ideal for travelling. With the Teeny Twin now you can have beautiful hair wherever you go!

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It’s tiny yet mighty, perfectly sized for styling fringes, short hair and unruly locks and it features ceramic plates to maintain the condition of the hair. Pack Teeny Twin into your handbag to add fast definition to your hairstyle no matter where you are.

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Order yours online today at www.ediealonline.com.

About EIDEAL

EIDEAL™ is the leading provider of premium hair products and tools across the MENA region. The brand combines innovative technology with contemporary design to produce a range that has fast become a sensation in both retail and in salons.

The EIDEAL range was born through a necessity for high-quality tools that produce professional results. The founder, a former hairdresser, was driven to create a range of products that would set the standard for those in the industry. Since its inception, EIDEAL has been growing at a substantial pace, thanks to its founder’s constant search for idealism and a distinctive ability to provide the professionals with the best quality tools for their salons.

Currently, EIDEAL offers a vast selection of Hair Dryers, Straightening Irons, Curling Irons, Hair Clippers, Hair Brushes, Scissors and many other hair related accessories. These products are made from the highest quality materials, obtained from a range of natural sources including our Ceramic Brush, infused with tourmaline gems, and our DiamonSilk Flat Iron, the first flat iron to have diamond coated plating.

EIDEAL’s technological innovations and remarkable sales figures are reflected in the company’s widespread presence in major international exhibitions. Since 2008 EIDEAL has been one of the largest corporate manifestations at Dubai’s prestigious Gulf Beautyworld ME and at In-Shape health, beauty and fitness fair, in Lebanon.

This, however, is far from the limit of our potential. At EIDEAL the R&D team is working day and night to develop more innovative tools. Combining creativity with practicality, to improve the performance of hair professionals and satisfy the needs of every woman aspiring for beauty.

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Moving from free WordPress blog to self hosted WordPress blog!

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The following is an extremely detailed post of my blogging journey from a free WordPress blog to a self hosted WordPress blog (which is basically Wordpress.org). It’s a post where I open up and am just letting out every thought of mine into the post. It’s going to be very long. Grab some popcorn. Hopefully, you will enjoy the post and find it helpful..

I have been blogging since March 2012 using a free WordPress.com platform. My blog url was www.nazninazeez.wordpress.com. It didn’t look quite nice having the word ‘wordpress’ right after my name in the link. But I didn’t mind it. I was just glad to find a space on the internet where I could put down my thoughts and share it with the world. Let me just put it out there that WordPress.com is indeed a great platform to start out if you are a newbie blogger. It is very user-friendly, beautiful looking and needs next to nil technical knowledge. I am not technical at all when it comes to understanding sites. It suited me perfectly.

There are certain restrictions when it comes to using the WordPress.com blog. You need to play by their rules. I didn’t really read their rules or anything. It’s way too long and I don’t have the time for that. I knew one basic rule though. You aren’t allowed to display ads on the blog. Putting it in simple words, you can’t monetize your blog. Again, that wasn’t my goal. I just wanted to write, that’s all. So, I continued my journey with WordPress.com. In the beginning of 2014, I started thinking how nice it would be if my blog link looked like www.nazninazeez.com. It’s simple and beautiful. I started looking into options of hosting services and their charges. Also, I realized that the free WordPress does not allow any access to plugins. Plugins enhance the functionality of your site. There are countless plugins out there!. The free wordpress comes fitted with some plugins already so that you don’t have to worry about anything. But if you want more, it’s not possible unless you upgrade. That was one more reason that I wished to move.

Then one day, a friend’s WordPress.com blog just got suspended. That’s when I realized another rule of the free WordPress platform. If you violate any of their rules, WordPress can take away your blog from you. It does not matter if you have been blogging for long or have a ton of followers. It will be gone. She contacted WordPress and they never replied. She finally bought an upgrade and continued blogging. She lost her followers and started building it from square one. Anyways, my heart went out to her and I wondered what if that would happen to me!. I never back up my posts or anything. I would lose all my posts into which I had put a lot of effort and time into. It was unthinkable. So, my desire to move to a self hosted blog intensified. I googled different people’s thoughts on moving from WordPress to self hosted and came across a ‘very helpful site’ that basically handled the whole blog setup procedure for you.. It seemed too good to be true but I still kept that site’s address handy just in case. More on that in just a minute..

Fast forward to Dec 20th, 2014. I was working on a post. I checked the ‘Preview’ option to see how the post looked and I did the final touches. Then I hit ‘Publish’. Then, I visited my homepage to once again look at my post. But this is what I saw:

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This screenshot was actually sent by my friend, Abidha who was concerned seeing this message on her screen. I am glad she did because I could now show it in this post, because when this problem did happen, it obviously didn’t occur to me that I should screenshot it!.

Back to our discussion, could you guys imagine how I felt at that moment?. There I was checking the preview of my post one minute and then staring at a screen like that the next minute!. I was so confused and my mind kind of went blank. In the next few minutes, I went into a moody state where I was thinking about my blog’s bleak future. Everything I had built so far, was gone. Then in the next few minutes, I went into an ultra calm mode. It’s weird how certain emotions just come over you. My reasonable side suddenly was chilled out, as if nothing mattered anymore. I somehow had this confidence that everything will be alright though I pretty much had no clue what to do next. I was pretty angry after some time that my followers/friends are going to see this screenshot when they visit my blog. Surely, ‘violation of Terms and conditions’ is a serious offence and I was pretty sure they would wonder what I did to have let this happen. I felt so sad then.

At that moment, I had access to only my dashboard (where I can see/edit all posts, moderate comments etc). I did see an option to download my entire blog’s content to my PC in a zipped format. I quickly did that even though at that moment, I literally had no clue how I would later on ‘import’ this content to a new blog.

In the next few hours, I was stuck to Google, reading about different people’s experiences of having suspended blogs. At last I came across a link through which you can contact WordPress when your blog gets suspended. This particular sentence kind of made me more sad.

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I wasn’t sure I did violate any rules but I did contact them. My message was ultra simple – “I don’t know why my blog is suspended. Kindly help!!”. That day, thoughts of whether they will ever reply tormented me. Finally, I remembered that ‘very helpful site’ that I had once come upon. That site is WPbeginner.com. They have tons and tons of WordPress tutorials on there that will help a beginner or an advanced user alike. I went on this link – http://www.wpbeginner.com/free-wordpress-blog-setup/#getstarted and started reading more about it. Here is the gist of it:

You will use WPbeginner’s referral code while buying a hosting service for your self hosted blog. They will receive a one time commission from that hosting service. As a thank you, WPBeginner will transfer all your files and everything to the new domain (blog) that you purchased from the hosting service.

Fairly simple right?. When you move from a WordPress free platform to a self hosted blog, one of the main obvious things you need to do is get a hosting service. Inevitably, that’s something you will be paying for. So, what’s wrong in using WPBeginner’s referral code and getting such a service from them in return?. Seemed too good to be true but I decided to go through with it (after some hours of thinking). I found myself thinking “Seriously Naz, are you moving to a self hosted blog?.. Really???… Are you ready to move on?. This is a serious step, girl!. You will be taking your blog to the next level. No more restrictions. Sky is the limit. WordPress.com will no longer dictate any rules”…

I was ready. Yes, I totally was. That’s the moment, I knew that I wouldn’t wait for WordPress.com to reply to my email. I wanted to move on. It was time.

On WPBeginner’s site, I was given the choice of five hosting services – BlueHost, GoDaddy, InMotion Hosting, Hostgator and SiteGround. All five of them are recommended by WPBeginner and let me tell you, those people at WPBeginner are experts!. I looked at only three options – BlueHost, GoDaddy and Hostgator, since they are so popular and I have heard of them a lot. I finally decided I will go with GoDaddy. It is a globally known hosting service. I clicked through their referral link and purchased the domain which was www.nazninazeez.com and an year’s hosting service.

I believe everything happens for a reason. I couldn’t have moved at a better time!. I consider myself pretty lucky because GoDaddy was having a major sale at that time. Usually GoDaddy’s hosting service costs $6.99 (AED 25.67) per month, which works out to be $83.88 (AED 308.10) for an year. However, the time I was purchasing it, they were charging only $1 (AED 3.67) per month and thus $12 (AED 44.08) for an year!!. Not just that, registering a domain is usually charged at $14.99 (AED55.07) but at this time it was FREE!. I only had to pay something called ICANN fee which cost only $0.18 (AED 0.66). My grand total bill for registering a domain and for an year’s hosting service = $12.18 (AED 44.74) instead of $99.05 (AED 363.89)!. Man, how cool is  that??. I will probably have to pay the full amount of $99.05 when I renew it after one year. But you know what, I will just worry about that at the end of this year, alright?. No worries right now!

Next, I filled up the form on WPBeginner’s free blog setup link. You just fill up your name, email, the hosting service provider you chose, your payment receipt from the hosting provider (which will be in your email. Just copy paste that), the Title of your site, the Description of the site and that’s it!. After submitting, it was displayed that I will be contacted in 24 hours. I waited patiently and once it crossed exactly 24 hours and I still didn’t receive an email from them, I worried a bit. But in one more hour, my wait was over. Here is the email:

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I was overjoyed!. I quickly gave them the requested details. Then once again I started waiting. Meanwhile, after say 2 days after I had initially emailed WordPress.com, they replied!. Here is what they had to say:

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Well well well… What can I say!. My free WordPress blog was back on track. I was just relieved to know that I didn’t actually violate anything!. But this ‘mistake’ from their part, made me finally decide that I wanted more for my blog and I wanted to move on to a self hosted blog. No going back now and I really couldn’t be anymore happier!.

It was the holiday season and it took WPBeginner a week to get back. They were sweet enough to apologize for the delay!. Here is their email.

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One of the things that had scared me the most was if I would lose my followers. However, as you can see in the above email they had already installed a Jetpack for me to migrate my followers to my new site. There was a fairly simple step-by-step explanation of how to properly migrate the followers, which I followed and successfully did. I checked my blog and it looked exactly the same as I had left it!. All posts were intact and the only thing that had changed in the links of every post was that the word ‘wordpress’ was removed. Also, they installed WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin so that depending on how I tag my posts and such, my posts would get more traffic.

I cannot thank WPBeginner enough for this fantastic service. I didn’t have to do anything technical at all in this whole thing!. I highly recommend you try out this free blog setup service by WPBeginner!. I ran into some trouble with ‘views’ on my posts/blog and the subsequent followers on my WordPress.com blog, whom I had to manually migrate to my self hosted blog every single time. But WPBeginner had a solution for that too. Since, this post is already too long, I will be doing a separate post about what the actual problem was and how it was rectified. Stay tuned for that post on Feb 28th.

That’s my journey from WordPress.com to a self hosted blog!. If you did read the entire post, thank you for your time!.

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