I have a website on wordpress.com. Is there a way to download it to my localhost, customize it and then upload it back to wordpress.com?


  • What are you customizing? Theme options, the content, custom CSS, or everything? – TheDeadMedic May 16 '15 at 11:24
  • The customization will after the HTML, CSS and also JavaScript – lomse May 16 '15 at 11:26
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    Are you sure all the stuff you need to edit can be done on wordpress.com? Anything outside of theme options (& the custom design premium feature) you won't be able to re-upload. – TheDeadMedic May 16 '15 at 11:28

WordPress com doesn't allow you to upload any customization, other than CSS via their paid customization feature.

Notably you can download WordPress com themes (link is available in sidebar of theme info page) and use them in self hosted installation. However, given that WP com doesn't provide source for much of its environment, it's unlikely that you would be able to replicate features and customization process precisely.

In a nutshell you need to go with self hosted installation for real freedom of customization.


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