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Confused and Frustrated (6 posts)

  1. naturalp
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    HI Everyone, Im sure im having a blonde moment and sorry for asking such a basic question. but. I have a wordpress.com account and have started making my website. I then noticed a very nice theme called f8-lite and wanted to use that one.
    I found the files and with a google search and uploaded them to my website by ftp.
    When I had problems "activating" the theme I decided to post a comment in the forum site wordpress.com. I was then told I was on the wrong site and wordpress.org was the place for my question.

    Guys, are these totally different site? How do I get f8-lite to work on my site. What do I need to do to activate it?
    Reading the doco provided it looks really simply, unzip, upload, click appearance from wp admin
    done. I dont see the them in my wp admin panel.. :(

    Help please

  2. fonglh
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Guys, are these totally different site?

    Yes they're totally different. See http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    You can't FTP files to a WordPress.com site, so you can only use the themes they provide.

  3. naturalp
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Sigh, Thanks for that. :( moving on.

  4. theunfilteredword
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    as someone who is going nuts as well with this, does this mean i have to buy the domain in order for a custom theme to work?

  5. Chip Bennett
    Theme Review Admin
    Posted 2 years ago #

    as someone who is going nuts as well with this, does this mean i have to buy the domain in order for a custom theme to work?

    More accurately, you have to purchase a hosting account, part of which includes registering a domain name, in order to use WordPress.

    The wordpress.com service is a hosted blogging service, in which you don't need to have your own hosting account or domain name, in order to have your own website. The trade-off is that you're limited to the Themes and Plugins made available to you by wordpress.com, whereas with your own, self-hosted WordPress install, you can install/use whatever Themes or Plugins that you want.

    For a much more thorough answer, read the WPORG-vs-WPCOM link posted above.

  6. theunfilteredword
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thank you so much! that is so helpful!

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