Can I use a WordPress.com theme on a WordPress.org (self-hosted) website?

Marie asks…

I love the theme Motif and would love to use it for my business website. I have a package where I have wordpress as the hosting page. There is an option to upload a theme that has been downloaded as Motif is not part of the themes that is present on wordpress.org. Do you have a way that I can download the theme and add it onto the website?

The official place to download themes for your self-hosted blog is WordPress.org but as you mentioned, Motif isn’t included.

WordPress.org provides a rather ugly and cumbersome way of downloading a WordPress.com theme. You have to install something called SVN to download your theme from their SVN directory.

But I’ve discovered a site called Design311.com that hosts all the WordPress.com themes, making them available to download in a good old-fashioned zip file! :-)

Here’s the Motif page

Just click download, extract the Motif folder and then upload it to the ‘wp-content/themes’ directory on your self-hosted website. It should now be ready to activate through Appearance > Themes in your Dashboard.

Before you jump in though, please be aware of this message — that themes located on that website will not automatically update and therefore may break at any WordPress upgrade.

The chances are, it’ll continue to work for the foreseeable future, but… well… no guarantees :-)

Best wishes,
James

Disabling comments and linking to social media

Jasmine writes…

“Love your theme!! I’m using it on my new website :) I’m a little stuck how to get rid of the ‘Leave a reply’ boxes at the bottom of every page!

Also I’d quite like to link it up to facebook and twitter — and maybe even have a twitter column where I can post spiritual quotes etc… Do you think any of this would work with me using your theme? Look forward to hearing from you when you have time…”

Thanks Jasmine but Motif isn’t my theme so I can’t take credit! :-) I was helping someone who was struggling with it and realised there were plenty of others struggling too, so I posted up a little guide.  Continue reading

How to remove the featured images from the subpages under a grid page, on the Motif theme for WordPress.com

Ok so you’ve created a grid page by creating subpages with titles, excerpts and featured images. The trouble is those featured images also appear on the subpages themselves — probably not what you want.

Well you can remove them with some simple CSS. You’ll need the Custom Design upgrade for this, but you can try it out first by going to Appearance > Custom Design > Preview for free (in the CSS box). Then in the CSS input box, paste in this code…

.page-child .attachment-motif-page-thumbnail {display: none;}

Before this code was provided by WordPress.com, I’d worked out this (slightly less elegant) way of achieving the same result. So if for any reason the above code doesn’t work for you, give this a try instead…

.entry-thumbnail {display: none;}
.grid-row .entry-thumbnail {display: inherit;}

Let me know how you get on :-)

All the best,
James

How to customize the white text box on the Motif theme’s front page template

Patricia asks…

“I found your Motif tips very helpful, but do you know how I could reduce the overall size of the white Front Page title box?  The box covers an important section of the Featured Image that I want to use. Thanks if you can help! :-)”

Luckily, a chap called Richard from The Sacred Path has provided us with the answer, as well as how to remove it or shift it over to the left hand side. I’ll reproduce his code below.

You’ll need the Custom Design upgrade if you haven’t already got it, but you can try out the code and see the effect, before purchasing. To do this, go to Appearance > Custom Design. On the CSS panel click on “Preview for free”. Click on Try It and then click on CSS. Delete all the informational text and add your code… Continue reading