change blog theme
We aren’t restricted to using a single theme here. There are 200 themes and we ca change as frequently as we wish to. Changing themes has no effect on the URL and no content is ever lost. You can go here > Appearance > Themes and select a new theme and activate it as many times as you choose to. This is the link to the Themes Showcase http://theme.wordpress.com/
The problem with themes and WP hosted blogs, as I understand it, is that if WP updates to a new version that does not support your theme you are in trouble. WP hosted blogs are automatically updated by WP, that’s why you can’t see the version you are using on your dashboard. Correct me, anybody, if I am wrong.
OK, what I am trying to do before I start on this whole venture, which is supposed to be sooo easy, is not to spend an enormous amount of time setting this up, to find later that I have wasted a lot of time. That would be the case, e.g. if I work on a theme, then find out I cannot change the header, then need to change themes to accomodate that, then find I cannot, and even if I can, you are saying that down the road, WP may change everything, and I will be at ground zero?
What you say has not relevance to free hosted WordPress.com blogs and this support forum is only for free hosted WordPress.com blogs.
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However, it is true that if stevegymac is using a theme already then it will not be available for selection here > Appearance > Themes as it’s already on the blog.
I have been here for 6 3/4 years and I have test blogs that I change themes on multiple times daily to help people here. Aside from that I change themes frequently on my public blogs. Changing themes is quick and easy, provided you don’t choose a theme that’s dramatically different in displayed image width http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/07/23/maximum-image-width/ and in sidebar width http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2010/01/11/sidebar-width/ you won’t have to make many adjustments at all.
P.S. I have visited your blog and as you have very little content I suggest you simply get on with the theme change. Changing themes isn’t a big deal and I don’t know why anyone would assume that it is a big deal. It takes minutes to change themes and go to > Appearance > Widgets and reinstall widgets that have migrated to the Inactive widgets box.
Thank you – there is little content because I am just getting this going. I spent several weeks trying to figure the ins and outs of Typepad, only to then find that I wouldn’t be able to connect a separate url to it. I don’t want to do the same with WordPress. I do find the whole process maddening. The whole process is loaded with circular references, difficult to navigate instructions, incomplete information, and jargon, e.g your last sentence.
Thanks for your response.
On the bottom of your Admin page you will find a link to the Learn WordPress.com blogging Tutorial prepared by Staff. http://learn.wordpress.com/
The support documentation is all found at the Support link http://en.support.wordpress.com which is also on the bottom of your Admin page. The searchbox there works very well and the results displayed are from both forum threads and from support docs. And I just used it to locate this link for you > http://en.support.wordpress.com/topic/widgets-sidebars/
I went there, and ‘found’ the icon to un-distract and the “kitchen sink.” Thanks!
There is no reference to the kitchen sink icon in this thread previous to your post here and that icon and the editor has nothing whatsoever to do with changing themes. I believe you have accidentally posted into the wrong thread.
If anyone knows of a contact in Dallas that I could pay to set a blog up up for me, I would appreciate it. Not looking for a full blown design firm, just someone I can pay for a day or two. Otherwise, I will spend another two weeks trying to figure this all out.
It might not have relevance to a veteran like you but for those who have just started to use WP and the forum, like me, there are many unexplained issues that one has to learn about the hard way.
Yes, that is my point – I don’t want to spend a ton of time, then learn things the hard way. I have already done that with Typepad, and now I am running into the same thing.
Hey there if you don’t think that we Volunteers learned everything the hard way — think again. lol :D I date back to the time when there was single Staff member providing support, a single Moderator, a single support forum and a single FAQs thread on that support forum. I learned everything by the “go figure” method and so did the other Volunteers. :)
Whatever you use, you will have to spend some time learning about it. I have been on WP for over a week and still discovering all sorts. With PCs you have to be veeery patient.
I don’t want to spend a ton of time, then learn things the hard way.
What can I say to that. Blogging is an adventure. We all know that in a technological world nothing is frozen in time. Change is the only universal there is in the universe and it’s resilience and adaptability that sets individuals apart from the masses who get stuck in ruts.
That was my whole point! You have to be a bit more “gentle” with newbies and remember that some of your comments may not be completely understood, hence stevegymac reaction above.
I do not have to be anyone other than who I am. I am a knowledgeable, friendly and polite Volunteer who provided the correct answers to the questions being posed. If you expect more than that from me or from any other Volunteer on this peer support forum please review your expectations.
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