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Wordpress Premium and ready made templates?

  1. Hi!

    I'm starting an online magazine and I'm doing it here on WordPress, so as you can understand I was looking into buying the Premium service!

    I wanted to use this template:

    http://themeforest.net/item/simplemag-magazine-theme-for-creative-stuff/full_screen_preview/4923427?ref=magazinehive

    ...what I don't understand is how it works with the Premium? Do I still have to buy both the template and the Premium service? And can I still personalise the template even if it's ready made (Premium offers the possibility to customise it)?

    Thanks - I just got started with WordPress and would appreciate help on this!

    Have a nice day everyone :)

    Sascha

  2. We cannot use themes from the internet on WordPress.com. Themes for use here have been specially adapted to work with this platform. You can view them here:
    http://wordpress.com/themes/
    the magazine style themes:
    http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/subjects/magazine/

    The premium upgrade still means you are hosted here on WordPress.com. If you need that specific theme, then you'll need to use WordPress.ORG. Here are details about the differences:
    http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  3. Thanks! No I wanted a .com domain, not a .wordpress.com:

    vildamagazine.com

    instead of

    vildamagazine.wordpress.com

    ...is this not possible with this theme? Does that mean I have to use one of the themes here:

    http://theme.wordpress.com/

    sorry about these really newbie questions!! I was on Blogger until recently, which should explain why I don't know anything :)

  4. The premium bundle includes these:

  5. That's not possible. There is no FTP access to free hosted WordPress.com blogs and we cannot upload any third party themes, create child themes or our own themes or edit templates.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/ftp-access/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/adding-new-themes/

    The only themes you can use on a free hosted WordPress.com blog are those found here > Appearance > Themes and showcased here > http://wordpress.com/themes/

    There is no upgrade you can purchase that changes that. http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    See here for details of all 3 plans http://store.wordpress.com/bundles/

    Business — $299
    A custom .com, .net, .org, or .me website address such as http://ourfabulousbusiness.com.
    Advanced customization — choose custom fonts and colors, and modify your CSS.
    Choose from over 120 free themes or 50+ premium themes, found at http://wordpress.com/themes/and switch premium themes at any time.
    Unlimited storage space for anything you want to upload.
    Direct email and live chat support from our Happiness Engineers.
    See here > http://store.wordpress.com/premium-upgrades/wordpress-business/

    Note that none of the plans allow you to run advertising or to upload your own themes or plugins. WordPress.com blogs cannot be equipped for eCommerce transactions. If you need a site that requires a custom theme or plugins — e.g., if you want to be able to sell things directly from your site, or if you want to install discussion forums — a self-hosted WordPress site might be right for you.

    WordPress.org offers free software that you can install on a web server. You can upload and install themes and plugins, run ads, and edit the database. Learn about the differences here. http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    Upgrades are also available for individual purchase on a per blog basis. With the exception of the Guided Transfer, all upgrades are per year and per blog. You will find the relevant links to available upgrades here. http://en.support.wordpress.com/upgrades/

  6. @1tess
    Good day to you. :) Sorry about the overlap.

  7. vildamagazine.com
    instead of
    vildamagazine.wordpress.com

    You can do that with the domain mapping upgrade.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/
    Keep in mind that you are still hosted here for free on WordPress.com; it's kind of like a street sign which points your readers to where your site actually is: Your real address might be 555 main street, but people visiting you see it as "My Great Magazine."

  8. http://theme.wordpress.com/

    Yes, those are the themes we can use here! The only themes we can use here. Some are free, some you buy. And if you decide later to move to WordPress.ORG, then you'll have to purchase a different version because our wp.com themes won't work on wp.org.

  9. @vildamagazine
    One last thing:
    You may find that you don't need all the features in the premium bundle useful: are you going to have videos? The 3GB of storage is enough space for thousands and thousands of properly compressed photos, so you may not need that, especially as you are just starting out.
    You can pick and choose which upgrades you need; the bundle saves money but only if it includes things you'll use.

  10. @timethief!
    good morning to you. hope you are feeling better…
    t

  11. Thanks! No I wanted a .com domain, not a .wordpress.com:

    vildamagazine.com

    instead of

    vildamagazine.wordpress.com

    ...is this not possible with this theme? Does that mean I have to use one of the themes here:

    http://theme.wordpress.com/

    sorry about these really newbie questions!! I was on Blogger until recently, which should explain why I don't know anything :)

  12. Ok don't know why this was posted twice, sorry!

  13. When you purchase a domain nothing changes except the URL.
    Are you clear about that?
    Read this Domains: Important Notes Before Upgrading

    There is no upgrade you can purchase that provide3s FTP access and the ability to upload third party themes.
    Are you clear about that?

  14. The only themes you can use on any free hosted WordPress.com blog whether or not you purchase upgrades for it are found here > http://wordpress.com/themes/
    Are you clear about that?

  15. @1tess
    @timethief

    thank you!

    and @1tess thank you so much for pointing out that I may not need all the things in the Premium bundle! You might be right.

    Right now, I think all I need for a start is:

    A design that I can customise whatever it costs
    A .com domain name $18
    Remove all ads $30

    ....so if I can customise the templates in the Premium bundle, then maybe it makes sense after all? Because if you see the above, I'll be spending the same money?

    I don't really understand how the choosing of a template works with Premium: do I just choose from ALL themes, even those aren't free?

    Let's say I want to use the Delicious Magazine theme (I might!) that costs $75, and I have Premium. Is that $99+$75 or is the cost of the template included in the Premium bundle?

    I don't think I'll be moving to wordpress.org as I need a .com address.

    I will not sell things directly from the site and don't need an e-commerce platform: it's just a magazine.

    THANK YOU so much once again for your help!!

  16. Even the basic blog here can choose from ANY theme here, no restrictions. Some themes are free, some are one time charge.

    Premium Themes have a 30 day refund time frame if you don't like it

    The only thing the $ 299.-- bundle gets you is the ability to try the Premium themes as quickly and move from one to another at any time - but you will still only be able to use one theme at a time

  17. ok I've read some guides and @1tess you were right - I don't need all the things in the Premium bundle.

    I think I'll go for a magazine theme (a paid one, one of the ones here: http://theme.wordpress.com/), a $18 .com domain and the $30 remove all ads fee. I think I'll be saving money that way.

    Thank you once again for your patience and help!!

  18. A design that I can customise whatever it costs

    Do be aware of the limitations of CSS editing before you purchase that upgrade. Custom design - Frequently Asked Questions

  19. @vildamagazine
    You are welcome from me, and if I dare speak for the others, we volunteers are here to help—so feel free to ask when you have a problem/question.
    Good luck with your magazine!
    Tess

  20. Also keep in mind that many themes have quite a bit of built in custom features, so you can change the colors and looks without any extra cost.

    <Opinion> -

    many people get worried about the looks of their blog and spend tons of time changing the looks of the site and not blogging - I don't think anyone visits a site "because it looks way cool" - they go for the content - but you can mess up a theme and the way a blog works and drive visitors away

    </Opinion>

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