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  • Hi, I’m new to word press and web design in general and I’ve probably jumped in a bit further than I should have. That said, it’s too late to turn back! 🙂

    So I downloaded a wordpress/xhtml/css template file that seems to have all of the php files and of course has the index.html & css file that the standard WP theme (default) has plus a couple of others. I’ve changed the html & css around to meet my needs and so it was time to install wordpress. I am using yahoo! as a host and so they installed version 2.3.3 apparently, and I’m not sure if I can just override theirs with mine? I don’t know how to make a MySQL table yet or if my template does this for me? I’m kind of confused to be honest. yahoo created a mywebsite/blog page using the default theme and I want it to use my theme and I’m just not sure how to hook it all up. I think I have all of the files I need.

    I really just want to know where to go to try and figure out how to get it working… are those files in the default theme folder all you need? Or are there other files that are involved? When I put my templates php files on the server all I see is a blank page – the index.php file seems to be causing this but I don’t know why. These are the files that I have:


    and then the images folder.

    Man, I’m so lost right now.

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  • Yeh… A bit over your head.

    Here is some documentation that you’ll need.

    Now here are some steps that I suggest.
    1. Verify that your template is compatible with 2.3.3
    2. Yes, the theme file should be complete. Upload the entire folder to your themes folder in wp-content/themes/
    3. In WordPress, go to Presentation and select the new theme. This will activate it.

    Good to go.

    (You only need to install WordPress if you plan on upgrading to the latest version.)



    Help! I have the same issue but I am even more uninformed then the orginal poster, though I seem to have everything on the list she mentioned except the “index html.” Mine says index php.

    How do I find out if the template I download is compatible and where do I find the “wp-content/themes/” folder you mention. All I know is godaddy helped Me load My wp into My hosting, and left Me to figure out the rest. So what ever you upload when you first upload is what I have, and it doesn’t look like much. I would really like to use the free template I found, by accident, surfing google.

    Your help would be appreciated.

    Thank you

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