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  1. I am new to wordpress and I am wondering if

    #1 if it is possible to download the source code of a wordpress theme to modify on my own rather than on the browser with compilation by wordpress website. I want to be able to host it on godaddy as a file. How is this done traditionally?

    #2 If I change the CSS/HTML/JS can I still maintain the CMS functionality of wordpress for my clients to maintain the website in the future?

    The blog I need help with is testingskcmu.wordpress.com.

  2. For starters you need to get quite a bit of help over at WordPress.ORG as that is the software you will be using on Godaddy or any other outside host.

    We only support sites hosted on WordPress.COM - you can't modify any code here

    WordPress.ORG has themes you can download and modify to the point they blow up if you want -

    A few cautions, there are correct ways to modify a theme and wrong ways - if you modify the theme in the wrong way you can open up serious security holes in the entire site, basically giving it to hackers

    http://wordpress.org/ - open an account at WordPress.ORG - it sounds like you have a lot to learn - best to make friends over at .ORG

  3. Many of the themes here at WordPress.com can also be downloaded for use on WordPress.org, self-hosted installations, if there is one that we have here that you wish to use. If you find the theme you are wanting to use at http://theme.wordpress.com/ check the right hand column on the theme showcase page for that theme to see of there is a download link. If there isn't, their may be a link to the theme author's website where you can download the theme. You can also search on the WordPress.org theme page at http://wordpress.org/themes/ to see if the theme is listed there. If not, hit the search engine of your choice and search for something like "theme name WordPress theme".

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