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  1. elvislouie
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'm trying to install an "Alex King" template, style, skin, or theme (?) into my "wp-content/themes" folder, and when I try to activate it, I've been told I'm missing a template file. The only text file is the "style.css" file. How do I create or borrow a template file?

  2. Michael Bishop

    Posted 9 years ago #

    If you are missing a file, for some reason it's not there. Such as header.php, footer.php, etc.
    Double check that you uploaded all the files to the wp-content/themes directory.
    What theme was it?

  3. elvislouie
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    It was the DOTS (3 column). I downloaded the compressed file, which included
    style.css
    style.css.bak
    images (folder)
    sample.gif
    screenshot.gif

    I'd love to get the rest of this.

    http://www.alexking.org/software/wordpress/styles/dots.zip

  4. moshu
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    You have to put all those files in a folder called /dot under the /themes folder: wp_content/themes/dot/

  5. Michael Bishop

    Posted 9 years ago #

    You have to put all those files in a folder called /dot under the /themes folder: wp_content/themes/dot/

    Yes, he would do that, but there are no template pages, ie, header, index, footer, etc.

    Can a theme work without those?

  6. Root
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Er. Dots is a WP 1.2 style. Not a theme.

  7. angelitron
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    :)

  8. elvislouie
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    It definitely does NOT work without the other pieces.

    What is the format for a tempate page? What is the default name for this?

  9. elvislouie
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    OK, it's a style, not a theme. I really don't know the difference. I don't do webpages on a regular basis. How do I transform this style into a theme?

  10. Michael Bishop

    Posted 9 years ago #

    I would suggest looking at some 3 column templates, and perhaps using some of the CSS in dots, create your own hybrid.

  11. prissed
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Actually, you *should* be able to throw those files into the classic template directory....

    In theory, that is...

    I don't know for sure...

    But it's worth a try.

  12. elvislouie
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    If someone could point me to a 3 column template, that would be appreciated. I've been spending hours trying to find one, and I thought I had one with "DOTS."

  13. Michael Bishop

    Posted 9 years ago #

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Themes/Theme_List
    scroll about 3/4 of the way down to the 3 column templates...

  14. moshu
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I know this is a "style" for 1.2.x - but they work, and they would be using the Classic template files. (It says on Alexking's site, soo.)
    And Dots was adapted (=changed the styleshett's header portion) for 1.5.

  15. Root
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I would be inclined to fit Neuros 1.5 port of the very excellent :) Trident. A quick search will throw up the url.

  16. moshu
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    @prissed,
    you don't have to throw the files of a style into another theme's folder.
    In the case of dots the only thing you have to modify (after creating its own directory) changing in the style.css the first lines, like this:
    /*
    Template: classic
    Theme Name: dots
    Description: Dots - A WordPress CSS Template. Copyright 2004 Alex King. Based on: Bloggia 3-Column Template by Alex King (http://www.bloggia.com/styles/bloggia_themer/)
    Author: Alex King
    Author URI: http://alexking.org

    */

    That very first line tells WP to use the template files from the Classic theme.

  17. elvislouie
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    OK, I've used my classic settings, and it seems to work. Thanks to all for the feedback. Now, I just have to tweak the little details....

  18. prissed
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Thanks moshu. I didn't know about the Template: xxxx comment in the stylesheet.

    See...I learn something new everyday! :D

  19. elvislouie
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Someone mentioned:
    "That very first line tells WP to use the template files from the Classic theme. "

    Obviously, I couldn't figure this out on my own. I'm still very much novice, trying to figure this stuff out. I went to the referring website (http://www.bloggia.com/styles/bloggia_themer/) and tried to make a template, but after spending a good half hour messing around with this, I finally gave up.

    I'm glad to see this DOTS style work, but I can't get the calendar feature to work. There must be something else one has to do to make this thing work with the classic template?

    I also need to figure out.....

    1) How to add a "recent posts" section.
    2) Figure out how to place certain things on the right or left columns, keeping the middle column specfically for the posts.

    thanks again to all that respond.

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