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Confusion about Themes and Hosting

  1. sweetsweetlavin
    Member

    I have a website (sweetsweetlavin.com) that I recently purchased a theme for from another theme provider. I keep running into the issue that I need to upload the theme through my host.

    I was always under the impression that the host was wordpress.org, but now am confused as that doesn't seem to be the case.

    I'm just trying to get this theme up and can't figure it out for the life of me.

    Thanks

    The blog I need help with is sweetsweetlavin.com.

  2. thistimethisspace
    Member

    This blog http://sweetsweetlavin.com/ is being free hosted by wordpress.com.

    You can't use the theme your pyrchased on a free hosted WordPress.com blog. Return it and ask for a refund. The only themes we can use on free hosted wordpress.com blogs are found here > Dashboard > Appearance > Themes

    There is no FTP access to free hosted WordPress.com blogs and we cannot upload third party themes or edit templates or themes. Those found on the internet are for WordPress.ORG installs which run on different software.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/ftp-access/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/adding-new-themes/

    There is no upgrade you can purchase from WordPress.com that changes anything stated here http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/ and restated again here > http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/#important-notes-before-upgrading

  3. thistimethisspace
    Member

    pyrchased = purchased

  4. sweetsweetlavin
    Member

    Thank you.

    To follow up on that, would you happen to know the easiest way for me to make that switch from the wordpress.com free hosting to another host?

  5. thistimethisspace
    Member

    There is no easy way which is not to say the process is difficult. You log out of wordpress.com. Go here > http://wordpress.org and on the top right hand corner of that page register a wordpress.org username account as all your support must come from there - not from here.

    You hire a web host, your set up a wordpress.org install, equip it with a theme and plugins. Then you export your content out of your wordpress.com blog into a wordpress.org install. http://en.support.wordpress.com/export/ The text widget content is not exportable and must nbe copied and pasted. The widgets in the wordpress.org install will not include the many "in-house" wordpress.com widgets.

    After you have installed and activated the JetPack plugin you return to this support forum and provide both URLs and Staff will transfer your email subscribers only (follwers who use the Reader cannot be transferred.)

    You will be responsible for all upgrades, installations, backups and troubleshooting. If you install a theme or a plugin that negatively affects your blog, then you have to figure out what went wrong and fix it.
    http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/11/06/setting-up-a-self-hosted-wordpress-org-install/

  6. It's probably easier just to get your money back from the theme designer. No sense incurring a hundred dollars a year in hosting just to use a theme.

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