This is going to be the start of a series of posts describing how I go about developing my most expensive domain so far for 2009. The name is ExploreHungary.com and it set me back a cool $25.00 at Snapnames recently.
For me, this is as near premium for geo/travel without having the exact city or generic “travel” keyword domain. Early last year I purchased a related name for over $600, but I think this one is better, not because it cost 25x LESS, but because it’s more catchy and feels more active. The other name is HungaryGuide.com, by the way…
So, to get this site up and running, first you’ll need an HTML template or CMS theme. Since I do everything in WordPress, what follows is how I find suitable WordPress themes.
Choosing a Theme
The way I keep track of new themes is by reading ThemeTracker.com daily. This is a site that I run and it helps me keep on top of the latest theme releases by the most popular WordPress theme authors.
WebLogToolsCollection.com is another place to get more releases, but these vary in quality wildly from day to day. Another way to find themes of course, is to turn to Google. A search for WordPress themes reveals these recent lists from WpHacks.com, SoothBrush.com, WpZoom.com, another at Wpzoom.com and RiteTurnOnly.com,
From all these sources, I’ve compiled a short-list of FREE themes that I feel are worth testing out for my new travel site, ExploreHungary.com:
- Mimbo from Darren Hoyt
- Magazine Basic Free from Tinker Priest Media
- Indomagz Magazine from MagzNetwork Blog Design
- Magazine from RichWP
There are, of course, premium themes and they do look better. But, I’m on a very tight budget. For next installment, I’ll have a working theme up and running with some “travel” content.