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Can I add things to the blog to style it as my own?

  1. Hi,

    I am new to blog building. I want my page to have three columns, is it possible for my to insert codes to make that happen. And say for example I wanted to add a calendar of up and coming events, would this be possible?

    Thanks

    The blog I need help with is nuclearfreelocalauthorities.wordpress.com.

  2. You cannot build or use your own custom theme built from scratch at WordPress.com.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/ftp-access/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/adding-new-themes/

    The only themes we can use are those found here > Appearance > Themes
    This is a multiuser blogging platform. All blogs wearing the same theme are using the same underlying template and we cannot access the underlying files and edit templates or themes. http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/editing-themes/

    There are two free themes, Sandbox and Toolbox designed to allow maximum flexibility for CSS editing and creating new “skins”. Toolbox is more modern and includes a lot of support for CSS3 and HTML5, so it is really only limited by your skills and knowledge.

    If you have CSS editing experience the upgrade will allow you to stylize the appearance of themes you find here > Appearance > Themes, but will not allow you to change the functionality, by editing the underlying template. It does not allow you to remove footer links to the theme designer or to WordPress.com. Also note that CSS is theme specific, so you cannot use the CSS stylesheets from other themes with the themes at WordPress.COM. http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/custom-css/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/custom-css/#frequently-asked-questions

    I strongly suggest you note that what you pay for here at WordPress.com provides limited ability to customize an existing theme. However, your are free to edit templates and themes on a WordPress.org install - free of any charge. See also > WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org: The Differences > http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  3. With the WordPress.com Custom Design upgrade, you can take the elements that already exist on a page and adjust their appearance using CSS. What I would recommend is starting out with a theme you like and adding CSS to adjust it.

    If you'd like to try it out at any time, you can use the preview button on your Appearance → Custom Design → CSS page.

    For calendar options on WordPress.com, see these help pages:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/google-calendar/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/

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