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Need ideas: moving to .org w/Guided Transfer but have premium theme

  1. basiasbookshelf
    Member

    I have a giant mess on my hands I think. I bought a premium theme, the CSS upgrade, the domain mapping and now will have to move to .org for some size/other needs. I spent a month customizing the blog before I moved here from Blogger and now I hear I won't be able to take it with me from .com to .org.

    I have no idea how to go about ...fixing this situation. I know how dumb that sounds, but I've done some searches here and through Google and can't really find anything about how to do some sort of template change mid-move. I did some serious customization and while I'm okay using the CSS editor here, I'm hopeless with programs like Dreamweaver so if I had to edit one of the free templates in something like that and upload using an FTP program, I'm completely screwed.

    I'm open to any suggestions - everyone has to be smarter than me at this point!

    Thank you!!

    The blog I need help with is basiasbookshelf.com.

  2. Hello there,
    This is a continuation of our conversation in this thread > http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/guided-transfer-question-before-i-do-it-want-to-be-sure?replies=5

    Note: Premium Themes are customized for WordPress.com usage only, and cannot be transferred to self-hosted WordPress.org sites. http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/premium-themes/

    Guided Transfer Frequently Asked Questions > http://en.support.wordpress.com/guided-transfer/
    I purchased a premium theme at WordPress.com. Will it be transferred?
    Premium themes purchased at WordPress.com are only valid here at WordPress.com.

    I have no idea how to go about ...fixing this situation.

    I'm not clear what you mean by "fixing". You cannot use a theme that's coded to run on wordpress.com multiuser software (wpMU) on a wordpress.org install. The two run on different code and as I explained in the other thread as as stated in doscumentation. Your premium theme purchased from wordpress.com to run on wordpress.com software is not exportable. If your purchase a guided transfer you can purchase the version of the theme coded to run on wordpress.org sotware and Staff will uplaod the theme for you. http://www.studiopress.com/themes/lifestyle

    Please read this article and it will provide some insight into Setting up a self-hosted WordPress.org install

  3. basiasbookshelf
    Member

    Thanks for continuing the conversation. I did read all of those articles and they're not addressing what I'm wondering, which is more of a "personal experience" issue at this point maybe.

    What I'm asking (albeit incredibly clumsily) is that unless I'm missing something important, in that day when I make that switch over from .com to .org - because I understand the actual transition takes about a day - I'm going to be jumping from one theme to another unless I drop another theme in place before I attempt to make the switch.

    Is that correct? I think that's what I'm asking - how do I go from an active blog on a very customized theme to the same active blog on a completely different, non-customized theme?

    I'm assuming someone, somewhere has had this same issue and all I'm trying to figure out is what steps I ought to take before I start the process. I know my theme was created for WordPress.com.

    Is starting from scratch and transferring my nameservers again a better option at this point? I honestly don't know - it's almost becoming moot since I don't know if I can even buy a Guided Transfer, they're limiting them.

  4. I have moved blog content back and forth from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. I'm not clear why you aren't clear on the process as I provided a link to a step by step article. Yes the theme has to be uploaded into the WordPress.org install before the content in the export files are imported into it. As you intend to purchase a guided transfer Staff will do that for you. If you choose to do it yourself I provided a link to a step by step article and there's really nothing more for me to state on this. The process is clearly laid out. http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/#moving-from-wordpress-org

  5. basiasbookshelf
    Member

    Sorry, guess I'm just stupid that way. I don't know why I'm not clear on it either, I'm just not. Thanks for trying to help.

  6. You cannot use a theme that's coded to run on wordpress.com multiuser software (wpMU) on a wordpress.org install. The two run on different code and as I explained in the other thread as as stated in doscumentation. Your premium theme purchased from wordpress.com to run on wordpress.com software is not exportable.

    Sorry, this is incorrect.

    The themes here on wordpress.com only have *slight* difference because of how wp.com choose to run things. Themes technical work on both platforms. There is nothing special about themes for wpmu, partly because it doesn't exist as a stand-alone program any more. The codebase for it is rolled into the wordpress.org codebase.

    SOme premium theme designers, like us at StudioPress, have chosen to give the user a copy of the theme they paid for when they leave the platform. They don't get it from wp.com, they get it from us. (we might revisit this)

    We do give them the .org version though. There's minor differences, but not much really, mostly code standards.

    The css customizations can also be transferred. The css upgrade is available for stand-alone wp.org install and the user can set it up on their hosted install and copy/paste the css over.

  7. alishagratehouse
    Member

    SOme premium theme designers, like us at StudioPress, have chosen to give the user a copy of the theme they paid for when they leave the platform. They don't get it from wp.com, they get it from us.

    Hi. Could you direct me to where I can find more info on this? thanks

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