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  • choozhome


    Not 100% percent sure of the version.

    Issues is that I cannot add a real estate theme I found on onto my blog. I mapped my site onto and only themes that are within the Appearance theme search are available to activate.

    How come even though it says that the Real Estate Blog theme is free, it doesn’t allow me to transfer that theme onto my wordpress account?


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  • flamenco

    (@flamenco) controls what themes you can install. You can’t simply install any theme you want there.

    If you have a self-hosted blog using the open-source version, then you have the freedom to use whatever themes you want, free or paid.



    Thanks Flamenco …. The “real estate” theme is part of the WordPress.Org …. it is not self-hosted … WordPress is hosting my site … shouldn’t all the themes that are available at WordPress.Org be activated? There are many themes at WordPress.Org that are available for “activate” … however the “real estate” theme that I need doesn’t have the “activate” button.



    Absolutely not. is clearly separated from What you get with is that they handle all server admin, themes, plugins, site installation, and so forth. This is great for beginner users, because they often cannot handle normal hosting tasks, and cannot fix a problem when it arises.

    And if the users want extra stuff, they pay for it, and makes a little money. And given the extremely variable quality of free themes, there’s no way in you-know-where that can guarantee that they’ll work, so they feature themes that do work reliably. offers much more flexibility. You can control every aspect of your site, including the theme, because you are hosting the site somewhere, like Liquid Web or elsewhere, the WordPress people are not hosting it. So the price for this flexibility is that you need to handle everything about the site yourself – geek skills are a must!!! Beginners get excited when they see free stuff, themes, plugins, and so forth. But then they are often disappointed, because something doesn’t work, their site has been hacked, some theme looks funny, and so on, and they have no clue how to fix it. They don’t need to worry about this stuff with

    The unfortunate thing is that Godummy and other hosts are now offering 1-click installs of WordPress (the .org version). This sounds great, but then the person installing it has no clue how it works, or even the simplest tech skills needed, like FTP, file permissions, etc., so it becomes a tech support nightmare.

    For beginners, with no geeks helping them, I recommend, because quite frankly, as I see every day in the forums here, beginners are not capable of handling all aspects of hosting a site. If you have strong geek skills (that leaves out probably 90% of WordPress users) and want all the control that this allows, is the way to go.

    Michelle Langston


    Theme Wrangler at Automattic

    @choozhome, if you want to run self-hosted WordPress (, check out this page:

    You might also want to take a look at ( They offer WordPress hosting and let you use whatever theme you want. It’s not free but you do have more freedom than you would at is best for bloggers. It’s not ideal for a Real Estate site!

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