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Wordpress.com vs wordpress.org

  1. We're creating a blog for our retail company and I've set up a wordpress.com account and purchased a custom domain that is a sub domain of our homepage. We've also had a custom wordpress theme designed through 99designs.com. Do i have to get set up in wordpress.org to have this work and if so how does this affect our current wordpress.com account?

    The blog I need help with is blog.calranch.com.

  2. To use your custom Theme you need a WordPress.ORG install - most put it on their existing server / web site - you can install the software such that the address is the same as your current mapped blog on WordPress.COM.

    You would then manage your new WordPress.ORG install on your new site not here at WordPress.COM. You existing WordPress.COM account can just be left to sit - probably set your base blog to Private to keep search engines out. You would also need to turn off the domain mapping to your sub-domain.

    Transfer any content by export from here and import to your new install.

  3. When you say that I need to put it on our existing web site do you mean our actual webpage http://www.calranch.com?

  4. There is no FTP access to free hosted WordPress.COM blogs and we cannot install individual plugins or any themes into them The themes found on the internet 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/

    On free hosted wordpress.COM blogs we can only use the themes which have been coded to run on this multi-user software and made available to us here. > Appearance > Themes and no others. We cannot edit either themes or templates on free hosted wordpress.COM blogs. > http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/editing-themes/

    If you wish to have complete control over a blog, the ability to upload themes and plugins, and to edit themes and templates then your option is to hire a web host and get a free software install from WordPress.ORG and self host it.

    Please read > http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    If you are moving the content from the free hosted WordPress.com blog into a WordPress.org install. You create an export file and place it on your desktop. Then you import that files into your WordPress.org install. The content you can move by export and import is posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, and tags and links. All content in text widgets must be copied and pasted. No WordPress.com free themes or premium themes can be exported and used on WordPress.org installs as the two run on different software.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/export/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/import/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/blogroll/import-export-links/

  5. Note: Free hosted WordPress.com blogs cannot be embedded into websites. What's possible is moving the content only.

  6. So can we have the web host that hosts our homepage host our blog as well?

  7. So can we have the web host that hosts our homepage host our blog as well?

    yes as long as they meet the requirements to run the WordPress.ORG software - easiest to just ask your host - many of them offer a "one button install" to get your started.

    You will also want to make friends over at WordPress.ORG where the software you will be using is supported: http://wordpress.org/support/

  8. This should answer some of your questions: http://codex.wordpress.org/FAQ_Installation

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