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Frequently Asked Question #404. How can I buy a premium theme for my journal? What is the Themes shop?

In the LiveJournal Shop there is a "Themes" page, where you can buy a premium theme for your journal or community. Every LJ user regardless of their account type can buy any theme available. You can even buy-out a whole theme so it will no longer be available for purchase in the LJ Shop (though it will still be available for users who have already purchased it earlier).
How do I buy the Theme I like?

Go to the LiveJournal Shop page and choose a theme. Click the zoom icon in the upper right corner of a theme preview image and check out how that theme will appear in your journal. The price is listed under each theme as well as the number of users who have already purchased it.

To buy a theme, click on the theme preview image, then choose the journal to apply the theme to. You can only choose your own journal or a community you own or maintain. If you wish to apply this theme immediately, check the box ☑ Apply theme after purchase.

At this step you can also decide whether you wish to simply buy the theme for a particular journal/community, or you would rather buy-out the theme entirely. "Buy-out" means that the theme will disappear from the Shop and nobody else will be able to buy it. Note that the theme will still be available for users who have already bought it earlier.

There are different prices for different themes. There is a discount for owners of accounts with Professional and Permanent package of service. You will also get a discount when buying a theme for a community with Professional package of service (even if your personal account doesn't have any additional packages).

All purchased themes remain available for you as long as your account exists. You can always choose it as your current theme on the Select Journal Style page. If you have purchased a theme for one of your communities, do not forget to select the community in the "Work as User" field and press "Go" to apply or customize the theme.

How do I customize a purchased theme?

After purchasing a theme, you can customize it. To do this, go to the Select Journal Style page and click the "Purchased" tab. Select the theme and press "Customize". You will be redirected to the "Customize Journal Style" page, where you can edit additional parameters. The parameters you can adjust for a particular theme are described under "Customization details…" link on the theme page in the LJ Shop.

Last Updated: October 1st, 2019

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