Editing themes

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    Hey Everyone, Just starting to use Word Press. I’m using the greyzed theme http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/greyzed/ and I’d like to make it more my own… Like this.. http://rafaelalburquerque.com/

    But I have no idea how to change the artwork… I assume I have to use the editor in the appearance tab under dashboard.

    But do I have to upgrade to the 30 dollar a year subscription to do editing??

    I’m a noob at this so far.. But eager to learn.. Any info would be great thanks.

    The blog I need help with is mortal-musings.com.



    Just to be clear about this we cannot edit themes or templates on free hosted WordPress.com blogs. We can purchase an annually renewable custom design upgrade and do CSS editing only. Thats what has changed the appearance of the theme on the blog that you point to.


    The WordPress blog I have was not free. It cost 17 dollars.

    Doesn’t that mean I get to use wordpress 3.2.1 on it?

    Sorry if my questions are amateur.



    I said free hosted and the blog linked to your username is definitely being free hosted by WordPress.com. :)

    My blogs are on their own domains and being domain mapped too like yours is. What you purchased was a domain name and domain mapping and that’s what you got — nothing more and nothing less. See here > http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/#important-notes-before-upgrading

    If you want to change the appearance of the Greyzed theme to something like the blog you pointed to, then then you must do as I stated above ie. purchase an annually renewable custom design upgrade and then do the required CSS editing.


    How embarrassing.. I guess I only purchased the domain name. Which would make sense since it was an annual fee of 17 dollars.

    Just to clarify, what is the perks of self-hosting your own website?



    Just to clarify, what is the perks of self-hosting your own website?

    If you read this entry you will be well apprised of the differences between WordPress.com free hosted blogs and free software installs from WordPress.org for self hosting.

    If you are an experienced WordPress.com software user, and have the skill sets required to set up and manage your own self hosted WordPress.org install then the instructions for making the move are easy to follow. But if you are not skilled at WordPress.com blogging, and also lack the skill sets required to self host your own WordPress.org install then acquiring those skills first is recommended. If you read this article you will be well apprised of what to expect if you choose to self host. The article also contains thesacredpath’s advice and my advice. Setting up a self-hosted WordPress.org install


    That definitely looks like a lot of learning to do…

    And what does it cost to have someone else set up your site… A person who is well versed in the ins and outs of WordPress. They wouldn’t have to do the Graphics etc…



    Hi again,
    If you purchase a custom design upgrade it comes with Staff support. However, thesacredpath is the Volunteer who provides CSS editing support in almost all cases.

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    If I go to the custom design upgrade. Can I upload other fonts besides the fonts already in the Library?

    Also, can I change some of the graphical features… Example. http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/greyzed/

    In the Greyzed demo they have arrows pointing to titles…

    Could I change the arrow to something more to my liking?? Or are these parameters I could only change with The Self hosted site and WordPress 3.2.1



    Can I upload other fonts besides the fonts already in the Library?

    Please read this whole entry I linked to above. You can only use Typekit fonts as described here > http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/

    Could I change the arrow to something more to my liking?

    Possibly. There is one volunteer thesacredpath who helps with CSS editing and he can answer definitively – I can’t.



    If you want complete control over your blog, I recommend you go for a self-hosted blog. It will, however, cost you a little more and require additional technical knowledge. But it pays off in the end.

    PS: If you need help regarding installing WordPress on self-hosted, tweaking themes, options and settings and the likes, I can help you. But I can help in no graphics of CSS designing help.

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