Introducing FreeWP.com

A couple weeks ago I made a post about a new project Terran Marketing was working on. In that post I hinted it would be a site in the WordPress Themes space, but I wasn’t quite ready to talk about the project yet. Today I’m excited to not only talk about the project, but also announce that it’s officially live.

The name of the site is FreeWP.com, which is short for Free WordPress, or Free WordPress Themes.

Background

Rewinding back to early 2004, the first affiliate marketing website I started was called Poker Source Online, which was later shorted to PokerSouce.com. I was lucky in the fact that I melded two of the hottest things going (online poker and poker chips) into one concept. The main focus of the site when I started was giving away a free set of poker chips in exchange for signing up for one of our featured online poker rooms. Today, the site gives away all kinds of stuff from Amazon.com gift cards to iPods, but the concept remains the same: get a nice affiliate commission and reward the person signing up under you. With this concept in mind FreeWP.com was born…

About FreeWP

After running WordPress theme sites for almost a year now, I get asked two questions over and over again. 1) Can I get this theme for free? 2) How do I install this theme? FreeWP.com attempts to address both of these issues at once by integrating what can be a very complicated process into one signup form. Here is how it works:

  1. Pick any premium WordPress theme on the site
  2. Click the “get it free” button
  3. Pick your hosting plan
  4. Fill out the signup form and pay for your hosting package
  5. FreeWP.com does the rest, usually within 6 minutes

Basically, we’ll setup the hosting account, install WordPress, and activate the theme all automatically. At the end of the process the customer will get an email with information on their hosting account and theme developer. We’ve really made it that simple.

FreeWP.com is launching with 180 premium WordPress themes from developers like ElegantThemes.com, WooThemes.com, and WPZoom.com. These themes retail for $39.99 to $79, but are 100% free of charge when signing up via FreeWP.com. We are in the process of adding 100’s of additional themes and hope to be close to 400 before the end of the year.

This project has been in the works for many months and I’m really happy to have finally launched it. My hope is this concept will revolutionize the WordPress themes industry and provide an awesome service for those looking to get a premium WordPress theme.

17 Comments

  1. Very good idea. Best of luck!

    BTW, I think you need to add more details about the hosting plans in the order page such as space, bandwidth limit, etc. Other than that, it looks awesome.

    I also think it might be more helpful if you added “How it works” graphic on your index or in a separate page.

    Thanks,
    Sameh

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    • Sameh,

      Thanks very much for your comments. I’m glad that they are things we are already working on. If you check back in a few days you’ll see a simpler list of hosting plans. That is something we are definitely going to refine. We were just talking about that yesterday in fact.

      We are also working on a video and already have a place on the site for it. We just took the button down while the video is in development.

      If you see anything else we can improve on please let me know. All feedback is greatly appreciated.

      Mike

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  2. >FreeWP.com does the rest, usually within 6 minutes
    So , it sounds like this is automated? Assuming you know the ftp details you can upload the theme to the themes folder? But you also have to install wordpress and change the default theme to the one picked?

    Can you clarify this section for me please.
    Thanks.

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    • It’s all automated. There is no uploading of the theme or anything like that. We created something that requires none of that. You seriously signup, pick your theme, pick your hosting plan, and we do the rest. We’ve written some scripts that take care of EVERYTHING.

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  3. Very nice! Amazing when someone comes up with an idea and you think “why didn’t I think of that” – Simple and brilliant all rolled into one.

    Good luck with it my man, I know it will be awesome!

    Randy

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  4. Add a “register a domain” option in the process and you’ll be golden :)

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    • Dumitru – Thanks very much for stopping by and making the comment. However, we already have the option as a part of the process. Maybe it’s not very clear and we need to do a better job with that?

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      • Ahh, I might have missed that, so I guess that is something as well :)
        Great idea though, hopefully it will kick off :)

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  5. Wow that would be very nice! I’m now excited to sign up with FreeWP.com. But how can you prevent abusive users from using the premium WordPress themes to other self-hosted WordPress blogs and websites that are not hosted with FreeWp.com?

    Maybe someday, somebody will abuse it and take all the premium WordPress themes and use it in their own self-hosted WordPress blogs? Sales from ElegantThemes.com, WooThemes.com, and WPZoom.com, will significantly decrease as you’re giving all their premium themes for free. O_O

    Just my two cents. :)

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    • Mummy Ninja – Thank very much for the comment, but I think the bottom line is there is some level of trust with all these theme developers. The license though FreeWP.com is for installation on one domain name, just like the license as if you went directly through the developer’s site. Anyone could signup directly for elegantthemes.com, download all their themes, and then do whatever they like. The fact of the matter is that most people realize that is stealing and don’t mind paying $39.99 for a product they are going to use.

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  6. This is a neat idea, I remember first getting into wordpress a few years back, it amazes me that more hosting companies dont offer fantastico, for users that have to manually create databases this is a great option.

    A couple of suggestions to pass to your developers – they need to develop more static home page web designs vs having to do this on the back end for businesses that dont want featured posts, etc…it amazes me that there are only a few themes set up this way and I have been using for several years and continue to look for improved, revolution made a nice one a few yrs back

    Your demo link to the woo themes eventually took me thru to their site, not sure if you dont have some holes in the iframe structure and may have some customers end up directly onto their sites signing up

    So the real question, is now how do you plan on marketing this service

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  7. Nice concept. Good luck with it. Here’s more sources for themes:
    appthemes dot com
    themeforest dot net ( I use this site for theme purchases)
    templatic dot com

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    • We actually own several other theme sites such as wpthemes.net and wordpressthemes.com so we are very familiar with the other theme companies. We are just waiting to bring on other companies until we have the process 100% smooth.

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  8. Hi Michael Jackness,

    I signed up and purchased a hosting account to get this theme:
    http://www.freewp.com/themes/view/magazinum

    But sadly, I didn’t get the theme. The support at FreeWP.com didn’t even bother to reply in my e-mails. :(

    I just filed a Paypal dispute to get my money back.

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    • Hi, I’m really sorry you’ve been having problems with FreeWP.com. I’d like to get to the bottom of this. It seems very strange to me that you didn’t get a reply from FreeWP.com. We respond to every email within 24 hours. I don’t see an order in the system under this email address – is this the email that you used? I’m going to email you from my personal email address to see if we can get this figured out.

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    • FYI – I just looked up your support request and it looks like you emailed in less than an hour before you commented on my blog. This was on a Saturday night after midnight. With all due respect I don’t think it’s fair to say that we “didn’t even bother to reply” to your emails. I take pride in the service we provide, responding to all emails within 24 hours, 7 days a week.

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