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Is it easy to create a formatted landing page or should I just buy a theme?

  1. I'm just starting on my wordpress.com blog. I have an idea of what I'd like my landing to look like, but I'm not sure if it's something I can do easily.

    I'd like a full width graphic up top. The two half width graphics below. Then, finally a blur below that. Sorta like this:

    Full width graphic
    half width | half width
    last post blurb

    Genesis has a theme that looks like it's exactly what I'm looking for, but if this is something easy to do I'd like to save some money.

    http://demo.studiopress.com/magazine/

    I'm very comfortable with WordPress admin, but not that comfortable with the scripting, fyi.

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

  2. With WordPress.com sites, you do not have access to modify the HTML/PHP template files for themes, nor can you upload your own themes.

    The good news is that you do not need to do any code or scripting on WordPress.com to get a great looking site.

    More good news: Magazine is available to purchase as a premium theme on WordPress.com: http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/magazine/

  3. The Genesis theme is not available here at WordPress.com. It's a wordpress.org that has not been adapted to run on our software. There is no FTP access to our blogs and we cannot upload any third party themes. 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/

    See also > WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org: The Differences > http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  4. Thanks everyone. So it's not any easy thing to do? Having a layout like that?

    Thank you for the references. I'll be sure to look them over.

  5. WordPress.com is great for blogging and awful for theme tinkering.

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