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Santa came early this year…
And he brought me a brand new blog! Finally, after months of putting it off, I’ve moved to a self-hosted site.

My New Blog

Can you see it?? For me, at the moment, the new header shows up (as well as the new layout). But the site isn’t completely up-to-date; it’s showing the latest entry as my Pumpkin Cream Cupcake post. And I’ve received a few emails from readers who are getting 404 error messages. Boo. It should all straighten up soon, though!

I want to know your opinions.
What do you think of the new layout?
Any features you’d like to see (such as a blogroll)? Or additions to the sidebar?

Also, what do you think of the new header? I had way too much fun designing it!

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Freya says:

    First impressions, before a proper look round? Love it! Much better :)

  2. I LOVE IT!!!! Honestly, it looks fantastic!

  3. Congratulations on the new blog. :) It looks amazing! I think a blogroll would be could, but up to you of course!

    1. *I meant good not could! :)

  4. Gina G says:

    love it Katie girl! :)

  5. Cassandra says:

    Looks great! I have the same Santa hat – it’s the best!

  6. Cynthia says:

    Love the new header!

  7. Albizia says:

    I absolutely love the new look. It’s so chocolate-y! Yum! The header is beautiful, the layout is nice, too. I only wonder why there are no pictures at the related posts. Maybe it is one of the features that still don’t work properly? At least the links lead to the posts. No 404 error messages for me :) .

    You can add whatever you want to the sidebar. I am not a big fan of blogrolls but you can post links to things you find interesting.

    Let’s see what comes next :)

  8. Love the new site!!!!!!! The header looks awesome! I hope that it gets completely up to date soon! =D

  9. Eric Jaffa says:

    Congratulations on getting an updated website. Looks good.

  10. Jennifer JCD says:

    Yay! It works! Keep up the excellent work you do to keep this blog up and running. I always start my day with some CCK. :-)


  12. Camille says:

    I really, really like the new blog.
    I am having trouble seeing photos, but aside from that, everything seems to be working just fine!

  13. Looks fantastic, Katie! I absolutely love it! 😀

  14. Gloria says:

    I love it!! That pic of you in the header is adorable. And all that chocolate is making smile :) Congrats on the big move. This gives me a little more confidence to start my own blog because the header and graphics is the part I’m most worried about – I have no computer skills!

    1. Katie says:

      Haha me neither!! They definitely make it easy, though. You learn as you go along :).

  15. Love the new blog! You did a great job on the header and I love the color scheme! Great job, Katie!

  16. Kim says:

    Ooh, I love the chocolate-coloured tabs;)

  17. yay worked for me, looks cleaner and easier to navigate win win!

  18. Brandie says:

    I do like it! To be honest, I think I’d have liked to see a more recent picture in the header or maybe just one we hadn’t seen before? New blog, new picture! Of course you’re beautiful in all of them lol… I’m so impressed with your blogging savvy! How fun to have your own site! :) Congrats darlin 😉

    1. VEGirl says:

      Hi Katie, I agree with Brandie. A new photo would be great!!!! Love the chocolate/roses background, too. So exciting for you!

  19. Brandie says:

    Sorry did that new picture bit seem critical? Ack, sorry! Just was waving an opinion Lol :)

    1. Katie says:

      No no, I love constructive criticism. As for the header, it’s a work in progress. It may still change again lol!

      1. Brandie says:

        Oh yay 😉 I looked at it and then thought maybe it was too much. One more thing though, and I don’t see where to fix it myself (?) but I don’t get a notice from my subscription anymore about your new posts! Do I need to re-subscribe somehow or… ? :( I just realized today that it was weird I hadn’t “heard from you” (lol) and so I checked in and sure enough, there are posts, I just didn’t get my notice :(

      2. Ugh yeah, I’m working on trying to import my subscribers. I really hope there’s a way, and right now Zestycook (Cory) is helping me. But in the meantime, you can always subscribe at the top right of the blog, by clicking on the email message (Do you see where there’s a twitter button, a facebook button, and an email envelope all together at the top of the page? Click the envelope :).)
        Sorry for the trouble!!

      3. Brandie says:

        No worries darlin, I just wondered if I was doin somethin wrong! 😉 I’m off to click an envelope…..!

  20. Katie!! This is soo excellent; I love your new blog! I’m very excited for you. This is great and I can’t wait for the new content.

  21. P.S. What host are you using?

    1. Katie says:


  22. Alisa Cooks says:

    It looks great Katie! I can’t wait to hear more about the direction.

  23. MaryZ says:

    Love the header! Still getting 404 errors when trying to reach some of the older posts…but I’m sure in time it will all work out! Nice job!

  24. Katie says:

    The new header (and site!) look great! It looks so clean and professional. Keep up the great work!

  25. Lisa C. says:

    Love it! Love it! Love it! You are so darn pretty! :)

  26. Namaste Gurl says:

    Yay for new self- hosted blogs and another yay for great Cory! He helped me move into a self- hosted domain as well as design my whole layout on my site– you should check out my new site, by the way (from one blogger to the other!) :)

    I love your layout– nothing needs to be changed! A blogroll might be fun though :)

    1. Your site looks great too :). I’ve been there before. I especially love the header font!

  27. Anne says:

    I’m so excited to have all your recipes so easy to link to – at least it looks like it will be easy from my initial click. It took a little while to find where to leave a comment. Perhaps you could have “Leave a Comment” be the link instead of the number of comments being the link. Also, when your site first came up, the menu bar was across your face. =( But when I put my cursor on it, it popped down where it should be. I think the gremlins are still playing with your site. It looks great and I’m sure was a lot of hard work. Congratulations!

    1. Hey Anne! It now says “add a comment” :)

  28. Shanna says:

    Honest opinion on the header, I have seen better pics of you. For instance, the one you have in this article with the Christmas hat is beautiful. They way you are holding your head in the header makes you look disproportioned.

    1. Thanks so much, Shanna, for being brave enough to be honest! And I’ll be honest too: I love the photo… but you’re right, it just looks off in the header! I’m still brainstorming for the header, but there’s just been so much else to do that it got put on the backburner once I at least had SOMEthing to go with. But, as I said to Brandi, I’m probably going to be changing it up a bit :).

  29. The blog looks fresh and interesting (as I did before too!) and I love the new layout :) you look very cute in your header too!

  30. abby says:

    ahhhhh it’s beautiful! YOU are beautiful!

  31. Great job! Love your blog name!

  32. Your new blog is awesome!!!!!!!

    It reminds me of Heab’s, very clean, simple, same “feel” when i am here in the comments section typing a comment…It pretty much makes me cry that I dont have a WP blog b/c I want this look for MY blog! It’s Beautiful, Katie!!!! Job well done!!!!

    Can’t wait to hear about any new content thoughts and what you’ve got going on :)

    Will reply later on today on email. Pressed for time at the moment :)

  33. Claire says:

    Congratulations Katie! It looks fantastic.
    Blogroll would be intereting because then we can see who you like to read. What site were you with before the move?
    I hope this new chapter in your blog will lead you to an even more exciting blog-life and more blog world friends. Well done again it looks beautiful 😀

  34. Fi says:

    Fantabulous! Loves it, very creative Katie:) xx

  35. Love it!!! The chocolate in the header is great….and I love how crisp and clean the layout is. I’m totally J though. I REALLY need a re-design too.

  36. Ann Claire says:

    Love the new blog! I espicially love the new header!
    As for features, I think a blogroll would be nice.

  37. Looks great!
    I am sure it’s nice to see everything coming together

  38. Looks wonderful! The header is lovely, by the way.

  39. Valerie says:

    I loved your old site, but this one looks like a snazzier version of the old CCK we’ve all come to love. I’m excited to keep reading :).

  40. Julia says:

    I love the header! so cute!
    the one thing i’m not so sure about is how all of the posts but the two recent ones are at the bottom like all stacked up (not sure how to describe this). When I first found your blog and when I find new blogs I scroll through a lot of their old posts. this makes that super hard !

    1. Hi Julia, thanks for the feedback. When I get some time (i.e. when I get everything else set up the way I want it), I’m thinking I might change it to three posts showing before the stacked ones. As long as I remember to do it, that’s my goal. :)

  41. Marissa says:

    I especially love the side photo of you. It’s gorgeous! But I love the header too. It’s so bright and, well, you! Bright and cheery!

  42. Love the new blog, Katie!! The header’s super cute :) And you make a GORGEOUS santa! Err..Misses Claus I mean?

  43. Michal says:

    Katie!! I love the new site so much! :) Ive been thinking about you bunches latley and I hope your doing good! Miss you!

  44. Hayley says:

    Love it! What are the advantages of a self hosted site? Just curious. :)

    1. You just have so many more options, with plugins. Plus it looks more professional. And you have more control over everything.
      I haven’t even begun to explore all the fun plugins I can add yet lol!

  45. Haylee says:

    Wow I cannot believe I just spelled my name wrong in that last comment.. haha clearly I need some sleep.
    By the way, I made your Smore’s babies a couple of days ago and So good! Thanks for the awesome recipe.

  46. Sarah says:

    Long time reader, first time commenter. I adore your blog, Katie!!! And the new one looks beautiful :).

  47. Love the new header Katie! Scratch that. I love the new “look” in general! I wouldn’t change anything. :-)

  48. emily says:

    i love the new site :). and that pic of you in the santa hat is sooooooo pretty :).

  49. Sarahishealthy says:

    Great new site! I loved the old one, but this one is even better. But really, Katie, as long as you’re writing it, I don’t care what it looks like so much :). It’s the content that matters.

  50. Jennifer says:

    Yum, I love that photo with the chocolate. You look so pretty in it :).
    Like the other commenters before me, I think the new blog looks great but as long as you keep giving out such delicious recipes and zeal for life, I’m going to read even if it’s just a white screen. Thanks Katie!

  51. whitney says:

    Love the new page! It looks beautiful :)

    The only thing I don’t like is having to type in my name, e-mail, and website everytime I leave a comment! :(


    1. Hmmm, wasn’t that the case with my old blog too, but just the first time you signed in? Hopefully it saves your info, so the second time you go to leave a comment, it remembers you!
      (Also, email address isn’t required) :)

  52. eatandrun says:

    Looks great, Katie :)

  53. It looks great Katie!!! Although, you should be holding some fake flowers or something in the header :)

  54. Susan says:

    Katie this looks fantastic!

    Love the header, love the layout, love it all!

    A blogroll would be cool, and maybe an archives in the sidebar?

  55. I know we are late in responding but love the new site and header!!! xoxo
    the twins

  56. moon says:

    Dear Katie,
    I love your blog!! I can’t believe you are around 10 years younger to me, but your recipes are awesome and healthy!

  57. moon says:

    I am definitely inspired by your raw whipped cream..your recipes are very innovative.
    keep up the great work, and good luck with school!

  58. How have you found the change to a self-hosted site? Worth it? Do you have to do all the “behind scenes” stuff on your own??!!! I love it either way!

    1. Love it :). You definitely have more control and more options. Sooo worth it :).

  59. Whitley says:

    Hej (I live in Sweden, lol but I am American), Katie

    I love your blog it is so inspiring. I am also quite a healthy eater, I have stopped eating most meats (I eat fish from time to time) and this transition was super easy but I would like to go vegan and i have attempted this but kinda fell off the wagon. lol A few reasons, one being i moved to Sweden and i am a student so my budget is small and i don’t have the best cooking area but they bigger thing was everyone making such a big deal about me trying this. I don’t care what people think but their constant questions got to me and i got tired of talking about it and it made going to get togethers hard and not so fun. Do you have an advice? Oh and i made your chocolate chips cookie dough dip for a party tomorrow… wonder what they will thing! 😉

    Keep blogging, i love it!

    1. Hi Whitley!
      I guess maybe in America it’s more common? But it wasn’t always that way! And I went vegan when I was living in China, so people definitely thought I was weird.

      Here’s a post I wrote that kind of relates to how to act around others:

      Sending hugs from texas!

  60. Ella Robinson says:

    Love the new blog header, I’m not a fan of the blue colour on the border of the blog though, i don’t think it does your amazing food justice

  61. Lizzers says:

    Very nice!! love i sooo much more!! i’m glad the recipes stay just as good and never change from there awesomeness!!!=))))