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  1. Hi there.

    I am very new to this whole theme business with wordpress.

    Basically, i have an account and blog and i've purchased a theme from themeforest but have no idea how to implement this theme. I have read about downloading wordpress but have just been so confused with all the lingo! So i have my theme and account. Where do i go from here? I don't understand the themes read.me instructions.

    Thanks!

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

  2. Bad news.

    You can't add external themes to a WordPress.COM blog. They are for WordPress.ORG blogs. So if you're talking about http://sgbsuk.wordpress.com/ you can't put the theme on that blog, not even with an upgrade.

    Don't buy anything else yet. First, contact the theme seller and ask for a refund. Then read http://learn.wordpress.com and go from there.

  3. That's a shame. I know my way around wordpress.com so what is the difference on wordpress.org? Does that cost more money?

  4. yes it will cost you more money - and you will be responsible for the whole web site

    For more on the difference: http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  5. This explains the basic differences: http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/ .

    With the wordpress.ORG software, you would have to have your own domain name registered, then hire a web host (Godaddy, bluehost, etc.) and then install and configure the software from wordpress.ORG. You would be responsible for all installations, all upgrades, all backups and all troubleshooting. If something goes wrong, you have to figure it out and fix it.

    Figure an average overall monthly cost of about $10 to $25 depending on storage and bandwidth requirements.

  6. Thank you for your replies guys.
    I see now that .org requires a lot of maintenance. I am a self employed builder and wanted a simple website to display my work and so people can find me online to get my contact details etc. WordPress.com's themes are not great for displaying that kind of thing in a website format.

    Is there anywhere or any idea where people can point me in the right direction for what I want? Many thanks.

  7. Yes, I suggest you use a WordPress.com site, but use the newer themes. You can filter the theme search this way. Try Inuit Types which is free and I have it on http://raincoastermedia.com or you could try any of the big, clean white themes and just lay it out very simply. You don't need to make Posts if you don't want. Just have your main page (edit the Hello World post and put new content in) and an About page and maybe something else, like Services etc.

  8. A plain html web site that you seem to be thinking about is way way more work than a WordPress.ORG install.

    Listen to @raincoaster, she helps bloggers and web sites for a living, many companies use WordPress for their sites.

    Don't be too quick to abandon WordPress.COM. This is about as easy a place there is go get a web site up and running.

  9. Thank you raincoaster. Have been playing about a bit and will try and utilise the free themes available to make it look like a site. Thank you for your help. I'll stick to wordpress.com for now.

    Much appreciated auxclass too.

    Thanks guys. Problem resolved! (for now) :)

  10. If you check TT's blog http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com I think you'll find some advice on making a blog look more like a website.

  11. PS - don't use the word "blog" just refer people to "my web site"

    Good luck,

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