Upgrade to Premium Changes What Exactly?

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    I want to upgrade but I am not sure which option will be what I am looking for. First of all, if I purchase the Premium upgrade will I still be able to use WordPress the same way I do now, only with added options? Will I be able to add banners and more widgets to my sidebars? Does the Premium upgrade allow me to do more options with my sidebars or will editing the CSS be the only difference? I understand that I will be able to customize certain aspects of themes or work with no theme and start from scratch, right?

    From the information I have found it seems that I can alter the CSS (with the Premium upgrade) and still keep blogging the same way that I usually do?

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



    Domain Mapping / Registration – you can use your own Domain name.

    Custom CSS – you can change the look and feel of the site quite a bit – BUT you need to understand CSS, not hard but not much support here.

    Other than that the site works the same, no Premium Widgets, no advertising (unless you are in the high traffic pool, then WordPress has a revenue sharing program a few are trying).

    You can start with a basic Sandbox Theme and modify to your hearts content. Sandbox is designed to be modified with CSS.



    There is no upgrade to “premium” unless you are referring to qualifying and being approved into VIP hosting which I sincerely doubt. http://vip.wordpress.com/

    Each and every upgrade is for a specific function only, for one blog only, and for one year only, when the upgrade must be renewed.

    Purchasing an upgrade does not enable the permission to use advertising, any kind of prohibited code, or upload additional themes and plugins. With the upgrade, your blog will still be hosted here at WordPress.com, which means that you will not have FTP access to your files and must still abide by our Terms of Service accordingly.

    If you have CSS editing experience, you can get the paid custom CSS upgrade and renew it annually. It will allow you to stylize the appearance of themes you find here > Appearance > Themes, but it does not allow you to change the functionality, by editing the underlying template. Also note that CSS is theme specific, so you cannot use the CSS stylesheets from other themes with the themes here at wordpress.COM.

    Since there is no official Staff support for the CSS upgrade, and precious little Volunteer support, I recommend that you don’t buy the upgrade unless you have at least moderate understanding of HTML and CSS because you must be prepared to do the work on your own. If you are considering purchasing the upgrade, you can go to Appearance > Edit CSS. There wordpress has provided a preview function where you can try before you buy.


    Thank you auxclass that helps. @ timethief thanks when I saw Premium features I guess I thought it meant like a package deal but from what you say it’s a Premium feature that can be ordered a la carte so to speak. I can write HTML and have some resources for CSS (fortunately I don’t consider myself on a time restraint!) but I didn’t want to assume and be in over my head. I guess it’s just about understanding what you’re getting into.

    Thank you very much for your help!



    You be welcome – glad we could help

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