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I think I want to modify a theme. Do I?

  1. Yeah, I don't even know enough about this stuff yet to know what I'm asking about. The last time I worked with html i think 2.0 was just coming out and I'm trying to get my bearings in the current world.

    What I was trying to do was wrap text around a photograph with noticeable margins around the photo. I went out to w3 and played with their show and tell editor and came up with the code below.

    1) Am I right in concluding that in order to do this (the resulting page if you run the code below) I will need to upgrade from the free account?

    2) I want to start with a simple theme like the WordPress Twenty Ten and modify it. If I do upgrade to an account where I can modify an existing theme, will I have complete access to the code?

    Also, I don't really know what putting around the code is going to do.

    Thanks

    <html><br /> <head><br /> <style type="text/css"><br /> img<br /> {<br /> float:left;<br /> border:5px solid black;<br /> margin:5px 10px 0px 0px;<br /> padding:5px;<br /> }<br /> </style><br /> </head></p> <p><body></p> <p><p><br /> Here’s a whole bunch of text. It doesn’t serve any purpose other than to wrap around this photo depending on the alignment chosen. Here’s a whole bunch of text. It doesn’t serve any purpose other than to wrap around this photo depending on the alignment chosen. Here’s a whole bunch of text. It doesn’t serve any purpose other than to wrap around this photo depending on the alignment chosen. </p> <p><img src="klematis.jpg" alt="Klematis" /></p> <p>Here’s a whole bunch of text. It doesn’t serve any purpose other than to wrap around this photo depending on the alignment chosen. Here’s a whole bunch of text. It doesn’t serve any purpose other than to wrap around this photo depending on the alignment chosen. Here’s a whole bunch of text. It doesn’t serve any purpose other than to wrap around this photo depending on the alignment chosen. Here’s a whole bunch of text. It doesn’t serve any purpose other than to wrap around this photo depending on the alignment chosen. Here’s a whole bunch of text. It doesn’t serve any purpose other than to wrap around this photo depending on the alignment chosen. Here’s a whole bunch of text. It doesn’t serve any purpose other than to wrap around this photo depending on the alignment chosen. </p><br /> </body></p> <p></html>

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

  2. First off, wordpress themes are not written in HTML. They are written in PHP script with a little HTML here and there as need to create the web page. Also, we cannot edit the underlying theme files here at wordpress.COM. This is a multi-user platform which means we all share the same underlying theme and wordpress files. Any change by one person would change it for everyone using that theme.

    The CSS upgrade can be used to stylize a theme here, but cannot be used to add functionality. CSS is simply a styling document used by the browsers to place and stylize the elements of a web page.

  3. That last paragraph should start like this instead:

    "The custom design upgrade can be used to stylize a theme here..."

  4. A related question is, "CAN I modify a theme?" I would suggest going back to the tutorials mentioned at the top of the CSS forum and reading them. Use the free Preview to test whether or not your editing skills are good enough to do what you want, and when they are, buy the upgrade.

  5. thanks all

    i'm sure i'll be back

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