“Add New Themes” Link is Not There on WordPress.com-Hosted Sites

The “Add New Themes” link is not available in the Dashboard navigation on WordPress.com-hosted sites because you are not allowed to upload your own themes on WordPress.com. You can pay extra to be able to use custom CSS on WordPress.com, but this is not the same as being able to upload your own theme. There are other limitations with WordPress.com-hosted sites, like the fact that you cannot install Google Analytics and you cannot add plugins.

In general, if you want to start off with WordPress.com-hosted site, I recommend that you pay to register and use your own domain name. That way, if you decide to change your site to a self-hosted WordPress installation, all your links will be preserved.

Here’s what the menus look like in the self-hosted WordPress Dashboard versus WordPress.com:

Self-Hosted WordPress
Dashboard Navigation

On a self-hosted WordPress site, there is an "Add New Themes" link under Appearance

On a self-hosted WordPress site, there is an "Add New Themes" link under Appearance

WordPress.com
Dashboard Navigation

On a WordPress.com-hosted WordPress site, there is no "Add New Themes" link under Appearance

On a WordPress.com-hosted WordPress site, there is no "Add New Themes" link under Appearance

How to Put Text On Top of An Image in WordPress

A reader asked if it’s possible to put text on top of an image in WordPress. Actually, the reader asked if it is possible to set an image behind text in WordPress, which is another way to put it.

Either way, the answer is yes! You can do it if you use the WordPress HTML editing window and a little bit of HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) code. You can watch the video tutorial for this below.

Here’s the code for this example. Paste this into your HTML editing window. Replace the image URL in the example with a URL for an image you want to use, and BOOM!

Text on top of image code. Right click to open or save the file.

This HTML and CSS code is basic stuff that works on any web page, not just a WordPress page or post.

You can increase or decrease the height, width and padding values to work with your image. You may need to change the color of the text so it’s readable over the image. This sample text is colored black using the CSS “color:black;” as shown above.

For more about background images and Cascading Style Sheets, see w3schools.com.

This is a Sample Headline

This is sample paragraph text on top of an image. You may need to change the color of the text so it’s readable over the image.

How to Put Text on Top of an Image – or Set an Image Behind Text

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