i am designing a simple website for a nonprofit, hoping to use a wordpress theme and to have the website hosted by wordpress.com. My question:
can the nonnprofit use their own domain name and still have the website hosted for free at wordpress.com?
The blog I need help with is glyph500words.wordpress.com.
re: purchasing upgrades
WordPress.com provides free blogs and hosts them free of charge. There are no bandwidth charges. All WordPress.com blogs come with 3000 megabytes (~3 GBs) of space for storing uploaded files and images. Free features are listed here https://en.wordpress.com/features/
We have 4 different plans: free, personal, premium and business. All hosting is free regardless of which plan you choose. You can view all wordpress.com plan features here https://wordpress.com/pricing/ Add a plan for each of your sites here: http://store.wordpress.com/plans/.
There are no monthly payment plans and no bulk deal upgrades. We are billed annually. Also note that purchase orders are not accepted. We must pay for all upgrades in full at the time of purchase.
WordPress.com does not accept domain transfers but mapping an existing domain is possible. http://support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/map-existing-domain/ The domain or mapping of any existing domain URL is included in the pricing for a personal upgrade, a premium and a business upgrade.
Premium upgrades do not include any premium themes which are all individually priced one time upgrades. The Business upgrade includes access to all premium themes but also note that there is no e-commerce capability under any plan here https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/small-business-website-1?replies=2#post-2804631.
Make sure you read the comparison very closely do you know exactly what the restrictions and limitations on WordPress.COM blogging are: http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/
Also read Important Notes Before Upgrading http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/#important-notes-before-upgrading
WordPress.com does not provide an email service for blogs on their sub domains or on custom domains. Please see these support docs
What domain mapping does is providing a seamless redirect to the very same content under the new domain URL when a person clicks the old URL .wordpress.com to the original content. It can take up to 72 hours for domain propagation to take place throughout the internet but it doesn’t usually take that long. https://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/
You must be logged in as Admin http://en.support.wordpress.com/user-roles/#administrator under the exact same username account that registered the blog to access the blog’s dashboard and purchase upgrades at > Dashboard> Store > My Upgrades
Your billing history will be at Dashboard > Store > Billing History
Your only options for payment are found here Payment Methods http://en.support.wordpress.com/payment/
WordPress.com provides a 30-day refund on all upgrades except Domain Registrations, Domain Renewals, and Guided Transfers. The refund period for Domain Registrations and Renewals is 48 hours.
Note: It takes from 1 – 2 weeks for the refund to be received.
You have to be logged in as Admin http://en.support.wordpress.com/user-roles/#administrator under the exact same username account that registered the blog to access the blog’s dashboard, cancel any upgrades, claim a refund for any qualified upgrades, and disable auto-renew. Dashboard > Store > My Upgrades. You can also disable auto-renew there. http://en.support.wordpress.com/my-upgrades/#canceling-upgrades
I do not know what you mean by “designing”. You may be referring to wordpress.ORG installs on paid hosting. If so then be aware that one cannot transfer themes between wordpress.org software installs on paid hosting and WordPress.com hosted sites.
WordPress.COM is a multi user blogging platform with off the shelf themes. We wordpress.com bloggers do not have access to the template files underlying our themes on wordpress.COM hosted blogs and cannot edit them. This is a multiuser blogging platform. All blogs wearing the same theme use the same underlying template found on the live demo site for each theme.
Does Customize let me edit HTML?
No. Customize allows you to edit fonts, colors, and CSS only. You can change the appearance of a theme, but not its HTML markup or PHP code. If you require this functionality, please consider moving your blog to a web host that supports theme code modifications. You can read more about why here http://support.wordpress.com/code/, and find a suitable host here http://get.wp.com/hosting/.
Custom design – Frequently Asked Questions http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/#frequently-asked-questions
See here for details on purchasing an annually renewable upgrade https://wordpress.com/pricing/ that contains a custom design upgrade required for CSS editing:
Custom design – Frequently Asked Questions such as: I’m not sure if Customize is right for me. Can I try before I buy?
Note 1: Once you have the required upgrade you can use this link https://en.forums.wordpress.com/forum/css-customization#postform so you can create a thread that will appear in the CSS Forum where you will get the help you need with CSS editing.
Note 2: You can also post there prior to purchasing an upgrade to get an answer to whether or not what you want to do can be accomplished via CSS editing.
by ‘designing’ i mean customizing a wordpress theme, within the limits of the theme flexibility. using a custom photograph at the top of the page. adding buttons.
i mean customizing a wordpress theme
The only themes we can use on WordPress.com hosted blogs are licensed and adapted to run on our multiuser software the themes are found here http://wordpress.com/themes/ and in your dashboard at > Appearance > Themes
wordpress.com themes. i've been looking at them on the wordpress website today. thank you for the link to free themes. i'm helping out a tiny momprofit that buys food for babies from families in need.
Yay! You were referring to wordpress.COM themes. Best wishes. :)
you have been very helpful. i appreciate your guidance with this. if i have more questions, i’ll ask again at this forum.
I will post this below so you understand where I was coming from:
WordPress.COM and WordPress.ORG are completely separate and have different username accounts, logins, features, run different versions of some themes with the same names, and have separate support documentation and separate support forums. Read the differences here http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/
excellent. i’ll send this on to the people making decisions.
one more question:
the owner of the website just paid the upgrade for personal with the understanding she could use her own domain name included in the upgrade. when she tried to use her own domain name, she was informed she has to pay still more money – another $13/year. seems like she was told one thing and then it was not the case.
can you clarify? thank you.
you have been kind and patient. the owner of the domain figured out the answer to her problem.
That’s great news. Thanks for sharing it.
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