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Questions about layout options for Fresh News theme

  1. I'd like to buy the Fresh News theme, but have some questions first:

    1. I've seen demos of this theme showing a photo and story across one wide column, with two smaller photos and stories side-by-side directly beneath it, each of those being half the width of the one above. That's exactly what I want. But, when I previewed the theme, I saw every story reproduced in the single wide-column format. Are there more column options with this theme, or is the single wide column all that's available on wordpress.com?

    2. If there are no column options available with this on wordpress.com, could you suggest another theme that would be suitable for a newspaper-style blog? I'd like to have the main news story as the wide column at the top, with stories for each of the other categories - sports, entertainment, etc. - appearing in the smaller format I described above.

    This is in reference to thepointfitchburgstate.wordpress.com.

    Thanks,
    Doris

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

  2. One more question: I've found articles like "25 best WordPress newspaper themes" showing themes that look good for my purpose, but none of these (Deadline, Lucid, Tribune, Gazette Edition, etc.) seems to be available. Am I looking in the wrong place, or is it that they're not available for wordpress.com?

  3. Hello there,
    We can't use themes that are designed to run on WordPress.ORG software. If you intend to blog here at WordPress.com on the blog linked to your username or on any WordPress.com blog then you need to know that the only themes we can use on WordPress.com blogs are found here > Appearance > Themes

    You cannot build your own theme here. There is no FTP access to free hosted WordPress.com blogs and we bloggers cannot install any plugins or upload any third party themes or software. Those are for WordPress.ORG installs which run on different software.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/ftp-access/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/plugins/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/adding-new-themes/

    There is no upgrade that you can purchase from WordPress.com that provides FTP access, the ability to install plugins, third party themes and software into free hosted WordPress.com blogs.

  4. Themes Staff can answer your questions about Fresh News, which is a premium theme that we Volunteers don't have access to.

    Theme selection is subjective so we don't help with it. Here's a link to the magazine styled themes. http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/subjects/magazine/ Every theme has a theme description and a live demo site you can access. There is a Themes Showcase http://theme.wordpress.com/ searchbox with filter features you can use to narrow your choices.

    Happy theme hunting!

  5. Thanks for your help - I wish I could use wordpress.org, but I just don't have the necessary skills. I'll try the links you provided for the themes; thanks again.

  6. OK, the Opti theme looks very good to me, but one last question:

    On the Opti demo, the categories are displayed horizontally below the header, and it looks beautiful. But when I do the live preview, my site (www.thepointfitchburgstate.wordpress.com) appears with the categories stacked vertically below the header, looking blocky and taking up a big part of the screen. I even cut them down to four categories to make sure there was plenty of room, but that didn't make a difference.

    So, if I buy the theme, will my site end up looking like the demo or like the live preview? Is there a way to tell? If my site ends up looking like the preview, will changing it to look like the demo be an option?

    I apologize for asking so many basic questions here, but I couldn't find a themes staff to contact on the website.
    Thanks again,
    Doris

  7. Hi there,

    Timethief is correct with the description of the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org, and which themes are available on WordPress.com blogs.

    In regards to Fresh News:

    1. I've seen demos of this theme showing a photo and story across one wide column, with two smaller photos and stories side-by-side directly beneath it, each of those being half the width of the one above. That's exactly what I want. But, when I previewed the theme, I saw every story reproduced in the single wide-column format. Are there more column options with this theme, or is the single wide column all that's available on wordpress.com?

    Where have you seen demos of this theme set-up as you describe above? I don't believe that this layout is available in Fresh News on WordPress.com, and it's likely that someone has customized the theme on a WordPress.org deployment. If you have a link to the demo, I should be able to tell you.

    In regards to Opti:

    So, if I buy the theme, will my site end up looking like the demo or like the live preview? Is there a way to tell? If my site ends up looking like the preview, will changing it to look like the demo be an option?

    There are two navigation areas in the header of the Opti theme. The primary dark navigation bar (which shows categories on the demo blog), defaults to a category listing when a custom menu isn't declared.

    Currently, you have a custom menu setup for your site, so if you bought the Opti theme, and removed that custom menu from the Primary Navigation area, your categories would be automatically displayed.

    Please let us know if you have any other questions.

  8. Thank you so much for your answers - they're really helpful.
    I'm just about set on Opti, but still confused by the categories setup. I'd need it to appear as it does in the demo, like this:
    Opti Theme

  9. Thanks so much for the answers - they've been really helpful.
    I think I've decided on the Opti theme, but as I said, I need to be able to make it look like the demo:

    --------------OPTI THEME-------------------
    --News--Sports--Opinion--Arts

    and absolutely not like the preview:

    -------------OPTI THEME--------------------
    ---------------News----------------------------
    ---------------Sports--------------------------
    ---------------Opinion-------------------------
    ---------------Arts-------------------------------

    I'm pretty unsophisticated about this; removing the custom menu sounds like something I could figure out, but does that mean I'd have to change the words I use for categories, or is it something that wouldn't be noticed?

  10. Last thing: I found the menu area, had no idea it was customized - if I simply click "delete menu," does that solve the problem? And, if clicking that accidentally destroys the entire blog in some way, is there an "undo" option?

  11. It would be so easy if the themes came "out of the box" the way they are in the preview. I've thought more than once there's a massively hit-grabbing blog post to be made of "How to make your blog look like the preview" and always wondered why WP.com itself does not do this.

  12. thepointfitchburgstate: To answer your first question, could you please include a screenshot of what your live preview looks like?

    Last thing: I found the menu area, had no idea it was customized - if I simply click "delete menu," does that solve the problem? And, if clicking that accidentally destroys the entire blog in some way, is there an "undo" option?

    There isn't an undo option for deleting menus, but you can simply set the menu to blank under "Theme Locations" → "Primary Menu".

    For more information about Custom Menus:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/

    Let us know if you have any other questions!

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