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The theme I chose doesn't match how I previewed it

  1. I've set up a new blog and am having a lot of difficulty getting it to look the way I want.

    Eventually I'll have different categories but being new to blogging I've only done a couple of practice posts. I want the newest blog to show on the top and on the right side of the page I want the archives to show for the past months of posts. I also want links to web pages for my readers to click on.

    The theme I originally chose couldn't do this for me so I tried different themes in the preview and found one called Enterprise that did exactly what I wanted in the preview. I saw the September and October months listed and the one web page link I've set up on my dashboard is there. I activated Enterprise and looked at the site but it does not look the same as it did in the preview. Namely there is nothing on the right, the September and October archives and the web link are missing. I did not do anything in the dashboard inbetween the time I activated Enterprise from the preview area and went to view it live.

    Does anyone know what I have to do to bring them back to information I'd like to see on the right?

    Thanks!

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

  2. "I want the newest blog to show on the top"

    All themes display posts in reverse chronological order: that's the way blogs work. A few themes have an unusual front page, but in most the front page displays your latest posts, latest one first.

    "On the right side of the page I want the archives to show for the past months of posts. I also want links to web pages for my readers to click on."
    That's possible on all themes with a right sidebar - see here (under "One sidebar", "Two or three sidebars", "Sidebar(s) plus bottom and/or header"):
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/02/26/sidebars-and-other-widget-areas/

    As for your last question, see here:
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/09/28/the-no-widgets-paradox/
    You have added an invisible statcounter widget, so the default sidebar items of the theme were cancelled. You simply go to Appearance>Widgets and add the Archives widget, the Links widget, and any other widget you like.
    Note: links aren't created in the Links widget itself, they are created in Links > Add New.

  3. panaghiotisadam - thank you so much for your help! I also discovered by removing the statcounter that the blog displayed exactly how I wanted it to!

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