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  1. Hello

    i have [MistyLook] as my blog theme. i want to change it from 2 columns to 3 columns. 3rd column will have a vertical menu. is it allowed to modify the layout [HTML] of the theme to add the 3rd column. i know CSS can be modified but can HTML be too? i've looked everywhere in my account for an option to EDIT THEME but have found none.

    also, is the width of the blog fixed or can be changed to, may be, 1000px? currently its 780px.

    last question, can we download the source files of the blog + db dump to set up locally and do all the styling and modifications locally before applying them to the actual blog?

    thank you very much in advance for all the help and support.

    SL.

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

  2. No, you can't.

    If you really want to tinker with theme structure, WordPress.com is not the place to be. You need to be at WordPress.org instead. Our blogs have severe restrictions on that sort of thing because of the shared backbone of WP.com. If you changed something on your theme, you would change it for EVERYONE using that theme.

    Significant changes to appearance, but not functionality, can be accomplished with the paid CSS upgrade. I recommend you tinker with the free preview before deciding whether your money should be spent there or with an independent install of WordPress.org software.

  3. We cannot edit either themes or templates at wordpress.com.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/editing-themes/
    We cannot use CSS editing to affect functionality at all. We can use it only to alter appearance.
    Also note that CSS is theme specific, so you cannot use the CSS stylesheets from other themes with the themes here at wordpress.COM.
    If you are considering purchasing the upgrade, you can go to Appearance > Edit CSS. There wordpress has provided a preview function where you can try before you buy.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-css/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/editing-css/

    If you do purchase the upgrade be sure to read this article before starting your editing > http://csswiz.wordpress.com/2009/10/15/if-you-have-the-wp-com-css-upgrade/

  4. Also, wordpress themes are not HTML, they are PHP script and it is not a good idea to go poking around and changing a bunch of stuff if you do not have experience with PHP, and a good knowledge of how to do things where it does not potentially open up security holes. You really don't want to open a door for hackers. That scan the net all the time looking for security holes and will do all kinds of mischief, even potentially destroying your entire site.

    Just sayin'

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