Looking for combo WordPress theme and Web site theme

Still in the process of building my Web site. I have tried using many of the Network Solution themes, but they just don’t seem to work for me. I feel I can create the Web site quicker using a program like Kompozer. (I wish I knew more about Dreamweaver!) Part of my dilemma is that I want my blog to blend with my Web site. I’ve played around with some of the WordPress themes, but haven’t found one I like yet.

I wish I could find a template package that includes a matching Web site/WordPress theme. I’ve read tutorials on how to create a WP theme from a Web page, so I would think a package like this would be available somewhere. If NS is offering a Web site/WP hosting package, why don’t they off a template package as well?

I really like how Lisa created her Web site (http://www.2createawebsite.com/index.html) and blog (http://blog.2createawebsite.com/create-a-website/) to match so well.

Any suggestions?

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My first day with Network Solutions and WordPress

Well, the other day I purchased a WordPress hosting package through Network Solutions (NS). I was contemplating whether I should use the free WordPress blog (wordpress.com), get the hosted WordPress package from NS, or purchase a Web site and blog through NS. I decided to go with the hosted WordPress (WP) package.

Good decision? I’m not sure. The first day I crashed WP by installing one of the templates. I contacted both WP and NS for help. WordPress.com told me I needed to contact WordPress.org…you think they could have forwarded the message to WordPress.org on my behalf. (There’s a learning curve involved here!) Anyway, NS suggested that I reinstall WP, which I had already done, but it didn’t work. It did work today though! So, here I am blogging about it.

I think I might prefer the hosting package with the blog combo. Does anybody have this package? With the Web site, I can have separate pages for the classes I teach at MiraCosta College and Education to Go. I’m thinking I’ll have more flexibility with the combo package because I can insert my own code. The truth is that I don’t know WordPress well enough to know if it’s enough for me. Comments about your experience with a hosted Web site/blog combo vs. a WordPress blog by itself would truly help!

Thanks,

Kathy

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