You need WordPress 3.0 or higher, hosted on your own web server. PhotoPressPro is not compatible with WordPress.com blogs. Instructions for installing WordPress and PhotoPressPro themes are in the tutorials, or you can purchase The Works package to have it done for you.
PhotoPressPro is not currently available for WordPress.com blogs, but we hope that will change in the future.
Yes, WordPress can have its own unique domain name. Or, it can be installed in a subdirectory of a domain, such as domain.com/blog; or as a subdomain like blog.domain.com.
Many website companies restrict what you can install on their servers. In our experience, PortfolioSitez and Bludomain allow WordPress, but they do not expressly support WordPress, and have limited space and bandwidth; so you may be better served going with a separate host such as CoolHandle, Bluehost or Dreamhost. (Disclosure: Those are affiliate links, and we may receive compensation if you buy anything through them. We only recommend services that we use or have used.)
On most hosts, you can install WordPress in your "blog" directory or subdomain using the hosting control panel. Then, you can install the PPP theme. Finally, you can import your Blogger blog using WordPress's importer.
If you go with the Works package, we'll take care of everything. We'll just need some login info and have your blog up and running in 24-48 hours.
We use the built-in importing tool in WordPress.org software, located in Tools > Import on the dashboard, and it works great for WordPress.com blogs. You'll need to download an export file from your WordPress.com blog (under Tools > Export), and then use the importer in your WordPress.org blog to upload the export file. It will import posts, pages, categories, tags, and comments. You can also import blogs from many other blogging services using the import tool.
I switched hosts and I'm trying to transfer the theme from my old host to my new one. I can activate the theme on the new blog, but it's not bringing all of my changes with it. Do you know if there is another folder or file that I should be transferring as well?
PPP stores all of its settings in the the WordPress database. Using phpmyadmin on your old blog's database, go to the "wp_options" table and page through the fields until you find the "ppp_platinum_settings" field. Open the field and copy the contents. Use the same procedure on your new blog's database, and paste the contents to the new blog's ppp_platinum_settings field.
I created my blog in the /blog directory of my domain, so I could get it how I wanted it before going public with it. I want to use this as my home page, so I moved it to the root folder. Now the site isn't working correctly. What should I do?
The kind WordPress.org developers have made it very easy to run WP from a subdirectory. Follow the instructions on the Giving WordPress its own Directory page in the WP codex. The instructions are laid out as if you are moving WP to a subdirectory, instead of moving it from a subdirectory, but the steps are the same. You'll need FTP access to your root directory to copy the 2 files from your /blog directory to the root directory, and you only need to change the Blog URL field on the admin page.
The theme is downloaded as a zip file; but if you are using Safari on a Mac, it is probably un-zipping the file for you. You should be able to turn off the auto-unzip option under Safari->Preferences->General — something like “Open Safe Files after Downloading”.