Hi Frugalistas! Thanks so much for sharing this special post with me. While the new frugalfirstclasstravel.com has been live for a number of days now I’ve been patiently waiting for you, the wonderful loyal Frugalistas who subscribe by email and via WordPress to join me before I sent my first new post out. Now that the migration of my site is complete, it’s time to head onwards. I’ve spent much of the last few months thinking about how to implement the ideas I gathered at TBEX Athens in October. So, if you are ready, let’s take a walk through the new frugal first class travel.
I’ve designed the new site to make it easy for you to find that favorite post or to research a particular topic. The black menu at the top of the page contains information about me, the blog and my contact details. I’d love you to send me an email either directly or via the contact form if there is anything you would like me assist you with. The blue and white menu under the header will take you to previous posts. Here’s where you will find what you are looking for:
Dream – airline reviews and aspirational experiences;
Plan – itinerary planning and travel skills;
Pack – packing lists, packing tips and gear reviews;
Travel – destinations, experiences and travel guides.
There’s still a bit of work to do with updating the categorisation into the new menu structure, so if there is a particular post you are looking for you can use the search function on the right hand side bar.
What’s on the home page?
Regular readers will no doubt notice that I’ve kept some of the features of the old home page. In particular I’ve kept the visibility of the last 10 published posts. This makes it easy for you to find those recent posts you may not have had time to catch up on. In addition, I’ve added a new feature to the top of the home page. Every time you click on the home page an post will randomly appear. A great way to catch up on old posts, or to find a new favourite!
If you’re reading frugal first class travel on a mobile device you’ll find the right hand side bar at the bottom of the page – including the search function.
The geeky blogger stuff
I’ve moved frugal first class travel onto the Siteground hosting site. So far so good, and I love their live chat help line – it’s been a life saver for me! If you are a blogger and are interested in moving, contact me here, and I’ll happily refer you. I’ve stayed on the WordPress platform and am using a Studiopress theme called News Pro. I’ve customised the site using their Design Palette Pro plug in – not a letter of coding required!
What’s still to do?
While the site is looking good and is quite functional, there’s still work to do. I still need to categorise about half of the old posts to make them easy for you to find. Then I need to set up some sub categories to make it even easier. The other big job I’ve got is to compress my photos to improve your reader experience. It’s a big, slow job – I’ve got over 1000 photos loaded. Definitely an ongoing work in progress! Then all that’s left to do is:
1. Get writing
2. Get travelling!
I can’t wait, and I hope you can’t either.
What do you think of the new frugal first class travel? Can you suggest any improvements to make the site better?