Why can't I install a theme?

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    Hey Everybody.

    It is so that I have two blogs on wordpress (www.drewseeleyworld.com, hosted by fanfusion) and http://www.camillastormont.com, my personal blog.

    Why can’t I install a theme on my personal wordpress blog? there is no place to find “Install themes” like it is on my other blog. What am I doing wrong?

    The blog I need help with is camillastormont.com.



    There is no FTP access to free hosted WordPress.COM blogs like the one linked to your username and we cannot install individual plugins or third party themes into them. Those found on the internet are for WordPress.ORG installs which run on different software.

    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. Also note that we cannot edit either themes or templates on free hosted wordpress.COM blogs. > http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/editing-themes/

    If you wish to have complete control over a blog, the ability to upload themes and plugins, and to edit themes and templates then your option is to hire a web host and get a free software install from WordPress.ORG and self host it.


    Ehm okay I kinda’ got that. So how or who can help me with get a blog that is working like my other website? :)

    Can I buy an upgrade somewhere or something?



    There is no upgrade that you can purchase for a free hosted WordPress.com blog from WordPress.com that will provide you witrh FTP access and the ability to upload third party themes.

    You cannot build or use your own custom theme built from scratch at WordPress.com. 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. http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/editing-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.

    If 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 will 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/

    See also > WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org: The Differences > http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

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