Customised Design/Skin

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    Hi there
    Just wondering how long it would take to customise the skin of the blog page? I have a website with fonts etc.already set up by a website designer/developer. About how much would it cost on wordpress?

    The blog I need help with is



    To be clear about this you cannot build or use your own custom theme built from scratch at There is no FTP access and we cannot upload any third party themes.

    The only themes we can use are those found here > Appearance > Themes
    This is a multiuser blogging platform. All blogs wearing the same theme are using the same underlying template and we cannot access the underlying files and edit templates or themes.

    There are two free themes, Sandbox and Toolbox designed to allow maximum flexibility for CSS editing and creating new “skins”. Toolbox is more modern and includes a lot of support for CSS3 and HTML5, so it is really only limited by your skills and knowledge.

    If you have CSS editing experience the annually renewable custom design upgrade will allow you to stylize the appearance of themes you find here > Appearance > Themes, but will not allow you to change the functionality, by editing the underlying template. It does not allow you to remove footer links to the theme designer or to Also note that CSS is theme specific, so you cannot use the CSS stylesheets from other themes with the themes at WordPress.COM.

    See also > vs. The Differences >



    Thanks very much for your help!



    You’re welcome.


    To answer your original question, the cost is currently $30 for a Custom Design upgrade which gives you access to add-on or completely replace the CSS for any themes. There is no monthly fee for hosting on, like there is with a setup.

    As a web designer, I’m interested to know if you if you tried out Custom Design and what you thought about it. :)

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