Trying to start a new Website/blog

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    Hi. I tried to make my second Website/blog my primary blog, but the screen keeps returning to my first blog. (I started learning WordPress in December, then left it alone for several weeks.) Also, I’m trying to use XHTML code for the posts, but the code is all that shows up on the page–nothing changes in the layout. (I haven’t the faintest idea how one might use CSS in WordPress.) Thanks.

    The blog I need help with is



    That should bring you to your dashboard where you can manage your blog.



    The private blog linked to your username is a free hosted blog. You cannot build or use your own custom theme built from scratch at

    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 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, alexsaja. The problem I’m having is that after I click on my blogs and try to work on the second blog (which I want to make into a regular Web site), it keeps taking me back to the first “blog” (which I’m also attempting to make into at a Web site). I must not be clicking or putting a check in front of something in the dashboard that I ought to be changing in some way.

    I appreciate your response.


    This is extremely helpful, timethief! I was just reading an entry online about the differences between and, but I found that entry much less clear than your description. (Oh, so that’s how I can use some CSS in those two themes–neither of which I’ve used before! I hadn’t noticed that feature in the dashboard.) Thanks for the heads-up on the themes; this will save me a lot of time on rereading theme descriptions!

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