Learning the software to design templates for my clients.

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  • #751702

    jraditz
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    Hi there, my name is JoAnne Raditz
    I am a graphic designer. One of my clients is insisting on using wordpress for two of her companies (instead of a stand alone website). I am totally new to this. I need to learn how to use it and how to customize and give her options to choose from for each company. How do I do this?

    #751801

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    #751802

    timethief
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    First you need to read this so your know the differences between free hosted WordPress.COM blogs and WordPress.ORG installs for self hosting.

    design templates for my clients

    That’s not possible at WordPress.com. There is no FTP access to free hosted WordPress.COM blogs and we cannot install themes or individual plugins into them Those 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/

    You cannot build or use your own custom theme built from scratch at WordPress.com. 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.

    As you have CSS editing experience the 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 WordPress.com. Also note that CSS is theme specific, so you cannot use the CSS stylesheets from other themes with the themes at WordPress.COM. http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/custom-css/

    #751807

    jraditz
    Member

    Hi timethief, thanks for your reply.
    So, I either use wordpress.com to get free web hosting and then upgrade for $99./yr to be able to edit/customize one of the only two themes available called Toolbox. All the editing software is on WordPress.com

    Or, I use wordpress.org by paying for a third party hosting company and downloading/uploading the wordpress editing software to that domain??

    And I would need to do this for every sample? I usually give three option for my template designs.

    Also, do you know if you can add e-commerce?

    I don’t know why she wants to go this route?

    #751808

    timethief
    Member

    WordPress.com blogs cannot be equipped for ecommerce transcations. IMHO you need to head over to WordPress.org.

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