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  1. I am a web designer and I am looking to use WordPress to develop a website for my client.

    I have already completed the design of this website, and the goal is to shape a WordPress theme to match, 100%, the design that I have already created. I am NOT going to be using an existing WordPress theme as the design for this client, because she is not paying for an existing theme.

    I have been reading into using WordPress and I understand that you need to pay money for a custom design (the ability to change the CSS). And, with this custom design, I actually won't be able to change any of the other files - PHP, HTML, etc.

    Is there a way that I'll be able to make WordPress work for an existing design, without having to settle for using any existing WordPress layouts, themes, or styles?

    I do not understand what is preventing me from going into my server and changing the CSS there - because I already have hosting elsewhere, and I've just installed WordPress onto that server. What is stopping me from going into the CSS and coding it by hand, without the customization? Or is this a different case?

  2. Short answer: What you propose cannot be done on any free hosted WordPress.com blog. Don't waste any time here. Hire a web host http://wordpress.org/hosting/ and set up a WordPress.org install. http://wordpress.org/

  3. I do not understand what is preventing me from going into my server and changing the CSS there - because I already have hosting elsewhere, and I've just installed WordPress onto that server. What is stopping me from going into the CSS and coding it by hand, without the customization? Or is this a different case?

    WordPress.com and WordPress.org are completely separate and have separate logins. If you don't have a username account at WordPress.org, click http://wordpress.org/support/ and register one on the top right hand corner of the page that opens, so you can post there.

  4. Just so you are crystal clear why you will get no support here for WordPress.org software please read this comparison > http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    The upgrades sold here are offered to only free hosted WordPress.com bloggers and are not available to others.

  5. timethief:

    I actually had no idea that there were two different versions of WP. I have my own hosting and I have WordPress installed on that hosting, and I was confused because I was looking RIGHT AT the CSS editing page, but I read that you needed to pay for it. I didn't understand why I had to pay for something that was right in front of me?

    That definitely clears things up for me. Thank you very much!

  6. You're welcome and best wishes. :)

  7. I'd like to add one note about the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org which is to say that WordPress.com doesn't charge for basic hosting but does charge for optional paid upgrades, like the Custom Design upgrade or a Custom Domain.

    If you really want to have full control over the code, then WordPress.org is the right choice for you. But if you find a theme at http://theme.wordpress.com/ that will work well and the pre-setup plugins and features setup at WordPress.com have all the things a client needs, I think the Custom Design upgrade would be totally worth checking out. Think of it more like CSS Zen Garden though—where you don't have control to edit CSS directly on the server but you can add any CSS rules to change whatever you need on the design.

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