How do I install WPZoom Theme to my wordpress site?
Totally new to this. Just purchased a WPZOOM theme to add to my blog. I watched the tutorial on how to install it to my wordpress site, but the tutorial shows an ‘install theme’ tab, which is not showing up for me. How do I go about installing my recently purchased premium theme without this install themes otpion?
The blog I need help with is its415.wordpress.com.
You will need to see if you can get a refund from them.
We cannot add themes at wordpress.COM. We are limited to the 100+ (and growing) themes found in the dashboard under appearance > themes. Themes found on the internet are for self-hosted wordpress blogs using the software from wordpress.ORG.
Themes here have to be modified to work within the restrictions here and to support the unique features here. Themes straight off the internet (which are for self-hosted blogs) will not work here.
~~TSP – Looks like 146 Themes now – some are the “Premium” but a tone of free Themes.
Why do they have tutorials online (see link below) if you’re not able to do it?
They skip over the part of .ORG vs/ .COM – they figure you already have read the links @TSP gave you on the difference.
Yes it can be a bit confusing at the start.
auxclass, I don’t understand what you’re trying to say in any of your replies. I purchased a premium theme from wpzoom and tried to install it to my wordpress account using this tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z8YBjHYh0M but my appearance tab does not offer an install portion tab.
You need to read this link: http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/ .
The theme you have, and the instructions you found, are for a self-hosted wordpress installation on a third-party hosting service such as godaddy, bluehost, etc. WordPress.COM is different. This is a free hosting service and there are restrictions on what we can do since this is a multi-user platform and we all share the same underlying theme and core wordpress files. Themes off the internet will not work here because themes here have to be modified to run on this mullti-user platform.
To use the theme you purchased, you have to register a domain name (if you do not have one already) hire a web host and then install and configure the software from wordpress.ORG on that web host. You can then install your theme at that self-hosted installation on that web host. Figure an average monthly cost, all things considered, of about $10 to $25 depending on your requirements.
Okay, so where can I use my recently purchased premium theme? Is there another hosting site where I can have my domain name applied, etc and still be able to use my recently purchased theme?
where I don’t have to spend $10-25 a month…
We posted almost simultaneously. See my reply right above yours.
No, not that I would recommend. There are some “free web hosting” places out there that support wordpress, but you really do get what you pay for. Most of them have zero support and their up time is dismal at best.
There are some “free” sites you can use your Theme on – but the WordPress.ORG forum is littered with people that found out you get what you pay for and had tons of trouble getting their “free” site to work.
PS – @TSP has had good luck with A Small Orange – they do have a low cost plan and a good reputation.
Seems totally, and purposely misleading!
The problem is with the theme developer you bought from. They are highly likely aware of the fact that their themes will NOT work at wordpress.COM, but for whatever reason they, like almost all the others, choose not to alert people to that fact.
The fact that there is wordpress.com and wordpress.org can also lead to confusion. I wish there was more of a distinction than just the domain extensions, but there isn’t.
They sell a few more themes if they skip the differences or just sort of assume “you are a professional and know what you are doing”.
If you want to a Theme site and they had in big letters “NOT FOR USE ON WORDPRESS.COM SITES” OK – you would not buy there but would you go over to a Theme developer and buy anyway from a site that did not have the warning??
@its415, at A Small Orange, they have a “tiny” shared hosting plan which is good for a basic wordpress installation and it gives you a good deal of bandwith and costs only $25 per year and you will have to check it out, but as I remember if you pay for a year’s hosting at a time, they give you either 1 month or 2 free.
Some theme sales people can be that way. I suggest you contact them and ask for your money back; ethical providers will do it. All theme developers know WP.com exists and their themes cannot be used on it.
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