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Downloading Themes From WordPress

  1. perfectionistgal
    Member

    Can I download a theme from wordpress.com and use custom CSS to upload the theme? Will that be possible?

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

  2. No and no. Themes at WordPress.com are not downloadable. Themes which are downloadable are for WordPress.org blogs. You cannot apply external themes to a WordPress.com blog. The CSS upgrade allows you to edit CSS, not change a theme. It changes only the appearance, which is only a small part of a theme.

  3. Do not buy the CSS upgrade if you don't know how to write CSS. You can test changes you want to make using the free Preview and when you're ready, then purchase it after making sure you can change what you want in the Preview.

  4. perfectionistgal
    Member

    If I really want a free theme that is downloaded from the website, which type of upgrade should I purchasec in order to use the downloaded theme for my wordpress.com website?

  5. You cannot apply external themes to a WordPress.com blog, regardless of which upgrade you purchase. Your options are to use what you've got here free, to learn CSS and edit it to look differently after purchasing the CSS upgrade, or qualify for the VIP program, pay $600 a month, and design your own theme.

  6. perfectionistgal
    Member

    However I do not want to design the theme by myself, there are themes that are downloadable from other sites?

    So can you tell me if I cannot apply external themes to a WordPress.com blog, what can I do to have a downloaded theme for my website? Although the theme I want to use is made by WordPress.com but it's in files. I know it is possible to download a theme from a site that is hosted by WordPress and install it to a WordPress blog.

    Except for the VIP program, are there any other options for me? If I do not want to use WordPress, which site can I choose a theme since I think that the themes on WordPress.com do not have enough choices selection. I know there could be ways for people who has downloaded a theme hosted by WordPress and install the theme for WordPress website.

    Another question, what is the difference between "wordpress.org" and "wordpress.com"?

    (Please respond every important questions)

  7. No, you cannot have a downloaded theme on your blog. It is NOT possible to download a theme from a site from a site that is hosted by WordPress and install it to a WordPress.COM blog.

    There is a thread permanently at the very top of the forum on the difference between the types of WordPress.

    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/please-read-me-first-before-posting?replies=1

  8. perfectionistgal
    Member

    So you mean that wordpress.org is editable for almost everything? So where can I get it? Is it free?

  9. Did you read that?

  10. perfectionistgal
    Member

    Can I have the link to download it directly? For WordPress.org

  11. You have to go to http://wordpress.org and get it there.

  12. You really DO need to read that post. It's the very first link in the post.

  13. perfectionistgal
    Member

    I don't like reading a bunch of words. I want it simple. But anyway, I went to wordpress.org, but I found out that after I've downloaded the wordpress.org, there's just files. How can I create a website?

  14. You'll have to ask over at WordPress.org. We don't do that here.

  15. @perfectionistgal if you do not want to read "bunch oh words"why writing a blog and asking people to read YOUR bunch of words, why post here, why bother?

    Surely you can understand that you are NOT the first person on the surface of this earth who came here asking that very same question, so why can't you stand being redirected to the answer to your very question?

    This beggars belief, really. In wordpress.com you can only use the themes that are here and if you want to be self-hosted, you can go to wordpress.org and build your own sitebut it would NOT be a wordpress.com blog then, it would be another blog with another address that you would have to pay for. What is so complicated here to understand? Good luck to you, and you really should thank rain for having so much patience with you.

  16. perfectionistgal
    Member

    @sunnisme

    What you said here sounds offensive.

    Here's a support forum and basically it's a place for everyone to ask anything they do not know.

  17. @perfectionistgal

    You are right - it is a support forum. You asked two questions which were both correctly answered within 7 minutes and since then you have been, to put it mildly, a pain in the backside.

    I read what sunnisme posted and none of it seemed offensive to me.

  18. perfectionistgal
    Member

    Well that's fine if you do not seem what he wrote is offensive, I respect your opinion. Just to be clearer, I'm not here to argue. I just want to know how to have custom themes for me website?

  19. perfectionistgal
    Member

    Correction: "my" not "me"

  20. You say you only want to know how to have custom themes for your website but you see, Jessica, this is exactly what raincoaster has ALREADY answered. You cannot download external themes to use with a wordpress.com blog. Simple as that. You can pay for the CSS upgrade, and customize that way *to a certain extent only*, and NO, THAT WOULD NOT ALLOW YOU TO DOWNLOAD EXTERNAL THEMES TO A WORDPRESS.COM BLOG. If you are not familiar with "CSS", then surely you do not want to pay for that.
    And just to make it clear: I think I would be offended if somebody asked me a question, and I had given them a link which IS the answer to their question, and they answered me "I dont like reading a bunch of words". Please be considerate with those who are trying to help by actually trying to UNDERSTAND what they are telling you.

  21. @perfectionistgal, people here don't know how to make themes since we cannot do it here.

    I have absolutely no idea your level of programming experience, but creating themes is NOT something for a beginner. If you do not have a high level of expertise with PHP scripting and are not well versed in how to avoid security issues with PHP, then you can really mess yourself up in a hurry. Even going into the PHP files of an existing theme to change or add functionality can put you in the middle of a mine field.

    If you do not already have theme writing and design experience, my suggestion is to scour the internet, find a theme that comes close to what you want, and then use CSS to stylize it (if you have CSS editing experience).

  22. perfectionistgal
    Member

    Just to be honest, I do not like the way you use my real name in public, however you should ask me before using my real name. It is a warning. Listen to me: call me "Perfectionist Gal". I will get support in wordpress.ORG, so please you don't have to worry.

  23. perfectionistgal
    Member

    @thesacredpath - Thanks for telling me to put into consideration on regard about PHP files and custom themes. I would like to download an existed theme from wordpress and install it for my website.

  24. Are you talking about a self-hosted blog when you say "install it for my website?" The themes here have been modified to work at wordpress.COM, and will not work properly on self-hosted wordpress blogs.

    Do a Google search for the name of the theme you are wanting to use (something like "chaoticsoul wordpress theme"). Most of the ones used here have equivalents for self-hosted blogs although they may have been revised several times from the version used here.

  25. perfectionistgal
    Member

    I had a chosen theme and ready for it to use. But there's not an option for me when i go edit my profile theme.

  26. perfectionistgal
    Member

    I got another idea most recently, I also want a self-hosted blog from WordPress.org but could not figure it out how to use it.

  27. If your blog is hosted here at wordpress.COM, then you CANNOT upload or use themes that you find on the internet. Those themes are ONLY for self-hosted blogs. Raincoaster told you that in the fifth post in this thread: http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/downloading-themes-from-wordpress?replies=26#post-339124 .

    A self-hosted blog needs a certain level of web knowledge and expertise and from this thread, it is apparent that you are not at that level. This is not me being mean, it is simply the reality that I see.

    The gulf between what is required to blog at wordpress.COM, and what is required to set up, maintain and troubleshoot and blog on a self-hosted blog is wider than the Grand Canyon.

  28. Thanks, guys.

    For anyone interested in continuing this thread, I suggest a simple copy/paste will save you oodles of time.

  29. @raincoaster : LOL, you're soooooo right!

  30. I just want to note that this thread is hilarious to read. It's going under my favorites.

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