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Theme Mantra CSS Style Sheet Missing !!!??!! (24 posts)

  1. Goodwife1
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I have never modified the style sheet over the past 2 months since I've downloaded this theme. When I look in all of my downloaded file folders from wordpress, I do not see mantra. Could the reason be that I downloaded mantra from another computer (not the same computer that my WP folders are on)? It is possible, and that is the only reason I can think of as to why the mantra theme is no in my word press files.

  2. Andrew
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Are you looking at the files on the server? That's where your website is. On the server.

  3. Goodwife1
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yes, I go to the CSS style sheet from the Dashboard and when I click edit, it says file missing. I thought if it were on the server, it definitely wouldn't be missing. I have never modified the style sheet, my website is still using the template theme changes I've made through the menu and setting options. In other posts I've looked in for this problem, they say that to look for or unzip the downloaded file. I don't see a downloaded file in my computer for this theme.

  4. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Can you post a link to your site? What do you mean "downloaded files from WordPress"? Are you trying to use a local install of WP?

  5. Goodwife1
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    here is the link to my website http://www.goodwifeworld.com href="www.goodwifeworld.com
    By downloaded files from wordpress, I thought, (from reading other forums) that everyone has WP files downloaded on their computer with all of the files from WP in it. I thought those files were only for back up purposes, but on the other forum, "they" said (in answer to someone elses question) that the stylesheet was missing because the theme files were in the wrong folder or had not been unzipped. So I checked my downloaded wp folders and did not see the mantra theme files. This is why I asked the question here.

  6. Goodwife1
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    This is the conversation that I read that made me check my downloaded WP files. http://wordpress.org/support/topic/stylecss-file-missing-in-uploaded-theme?replies=8

    Perhaps this doesn't apply to me?

  7. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Sorry, I'm kind of confused about what you're asking - are you asking about something on your local computer but not your site itself? Are you trying to backup your site? Where from and how did you download these files from? Can you link to the thread you are referring to?

  8. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    The above thread is about installing a NEW theme on a site - that does not sound like what you are doing.

  9. Goodwife1
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    No problem, I am probably confused. I am looking for my theme style sheet so that I can make some changes to the header. When I went to my dashboard and clicked edit and style sheet, I got an error code that it was missing. When I searched on WP forums 'My theme css stylesheet is missing' I read advice to look for the file in in a folder (i guess from the computer). So I tried to look for the backed up version on my computer to upload it, but it is not there.

  10. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    It's definitely there on your site - I can see it - if it was missing your site would have NO styles at all :)

    http://www.goodwifeworld.com/wp-content/themes/mantra/style.css?ver=3.5.1'

    You really should not be modifying that file (or any other theme file) as your changes will be overwritten and erased when the theme is updated. Instead you need to use a Child Theme or custom CSS.

    But this is still an odd error message - when you go to Appearances > Editor - do you have a list of files on the right side of the screen?

  11. Goodwife1
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    The support for the Mantra theme is awful, and when I went to the creators website (cryoutcreations), there was not much support for the question I had. However, on their FAQ the creators recommended that users do not make changes to the css style sheet directly on it, but via a plug in. This made me look harder on the server and locally for the mantra theme and I cannot find it anywhere. It must exist because my website is till using it.
    I considered deleting the theme and using another, but I've made so many uploads with this theme and it took me so long to learn to format my site with this theme, I don't want to start over.

  12. Goodwife1
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    When I go to appearances >Editor I get a red message that says Oops, no such file exists! Double check the name and try again, merci.

    urgh!

  13. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    There really isn't a problem with your site - the theme IS there. Are you using FTP to look at the files? The theme is in wp-content > themes > mantra (there will be other themes there too - at least the default theme)

    Yes, they are totally right - so all you need to do is add a plugin for CSS - JetPack is a good option (a bit more involved to set up - or maybe you are using it already for other things? It does add some cool features.) or this one:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/my-custom-css/

    You can add one of those under plugins.

    EDIT - posted this before your last post.

  14. Goodwife1
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks! It's good to know that the style sheet is somewhere. So I really don't need to use this file to modify changes on my website? I guess I'm okay then. I was just worried that any changes I made to the custom css would not find the main theme css style sheet and my changes would be lost. I think I won't delete the theme.

  15. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'm still puzzled as to why that's happening? Is this on your live site when you are logged in as admin? Do you have any other problems with posting or editing or ?? What if you click on one of the other files on the right side in that Editor screen.

    Can you post a screenshot of that screen/error message?

  16. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Custom CSS doesn't really "find" anything - it just overrides the existing CSS. Custom CSS allows you to make changes WITHOUT changing the existing style.css file.

  17. Goodwife1
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    So if I use the custom css it will somehow find the existing CSS to over ride it? Even though I cannot find it, we know it exists somewhere.
    I made a screen shot of the error, but I don't know how to embed it. :/

  18. Andrew
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Custom CSS is applied through the <head> section of the webpage, after the stylesheet is loaded. By that method, Custom CSS has higher precedence than the stylesheet.

  19. Goodwife1
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'm very green at using FTP, can you explain it? I've been a point and clicker for the most part. I'm clearly only a writer.

  20. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Not exactly - YOU have to write the correct CSS code so it will work the way you want. The best way to do that is by using a tool such as Firebug - http://getfirebug.com - it will show you the existing CSS for an element on a page - so you can copy that code to the custom CSS and then make changes to it there. Or you can create new CSS if needed - depending on what you want to change.

    Basically, you need to learn some CSS :) - this is a good reference site for that: http://www.w3schools.com/css/

    You can't post images here - you can post on your site or use an image posting site.

  21. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    You don't use FTP for custom CSS...

  22. Andrew
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Are you enquiring how to install plugins? That you may need FTP access.

  23. Goodwife1
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    No, I've installed plugins and I have firebug, I thought I knew about css, but I've learned new things today and I will go learn some more. I was inquiring about the technical explanation of FTP. Another new term that explains what I am doing. Oy!

  24. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Ah, okay, FTP is just a way to access files on a server - http://codex.wordpress.org/FTP_Clients

    You need to get the access information from your hosting company.

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