Wordpress Themes & Templates
What is the cheapest and most professional way of starting a website? Simple: Templates! Find out which templates are the best and most affordable.
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Whenever I am consulting a new client about starting a website, the first thing they usually ask me is "How do I create a good looking website without paying too much money". The answer is so simple: THEMES and TEMPLATES!
When I started in this business, Wordpress didn\'t exist and templates were still few and far between (and rather dull, in my opinion). TheWebReviewer itself is not a theme, rather an on-going attempt by myself to create my own vision (personally, I think it is OK, but it could be better!). I went down this road about 6 years ago and I\'m in a bit too deep to go back.
Kind of regrettable, but still was required and I\'m happy with the final product. 1000s of man-hours and plenty of outsourced work to get to where I am now.
These days, I still create about one new website per quarter and I always start with two things:
- A Wordpress Blog
- A Wordpress Template
I\'ll never go back, either.
First of all, Wordpress is free. All you need is hosting (and a service like HostGator, my preferred hosting, is cheap and easy to set-up).
Now you want to make it cool and professional looking (and something that matches your niche). There is always the Wordpress database of Free Themes. Here, there are over 1500 free themes for you to download immediately. Some of these look pretty darn good.
The downside to these free wordpress themes is that:
- They are tough to browse
- Not much support
- Usually not optimized for SEO purposes, External Widgets, or Customization
Those are three reasons why I don\'t typically use free themes.
Instead, I typically buy my themes. In mostly all cases, you can buy a single theme for less than $100 total (no recurring fees). Some sites provide a collection of themes included in the one-time price.
But in my opinion, I have typically found these paid themes to look more aesthetically pleasing, much more customer support, and are typically highly optimized. In this section, I review the paid theme websites which I use on a regular basis.
And by the way, I know the next question in your mind (since it is always asked after the initial one from above...):
"Won\'t other people have this same theme?"
The answer is yes...but it is very rare that anyone will ever notice. The internet is a very big place. I have never found a duplicate of any theme I have ever used (and if I did...I wouldn\'t really care).
One final note...themes are just not for Wordpress Blogs. Some services provide pre-made templates and style sheets for general websites as well as pre-hosted websites (like Volusion, Yahoo Merchant Solutions, and Intuit Websites just to name a few!)