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  1. ddonofrio
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I really like the wordpress.com theme "Forever" but want to run it on my own site powered by wordpress.org. can i do that?

  2. Chip Bennett
    Theme Review Admin
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Automattic maintains a publicly accessible SVN repository of all of their (free) Themes. You'll have to download it manually (I'd suggest using an SVN client, rather than trying to download through your browser), but here's the Automattic SVN repo for Forever:
    https://wpcom-themes.svn.automattic.com/forever/

  3. ddonofrio
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Chip thanks, but OI am not following you on what "the Automattic SVN repo" is and how i get that onto my wordpress.org site. Please elaborate for dummies!

  4. Chip Bennett
    Theme Review Admin
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I am not following you on what "the Automattic SVN repo" is and how i get that onto my wordpress.org site.

    Did you follow the link I provided?

    Notice that it's a list of files? Those are the Theme files. You simply need to download them, and then upload them to your self-hosted install, inside /wp-content/themes/forever/.

    For detailed information about using Subversion (SVN), see here:
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Subversion

    To cut to the chase, and simply use an SVN client to get the files, see this post, linked in the Codex entry above:
    http://mindsharestrategy.com/2011/how-to-publish-a-wordpress-plugin-subversion/

    (If you're using Windows, I highly recommend using the TortoiseSVN client.)

  5. bellabaking
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I downloaded the all the SVN files, zipped them and uploaded them in my themes section of my wordpress.org account, but the the theme seems to be broken. It uploads the screen shot and adds the 'Forever' theme on my installed themes menu, but it does not show a preview and gives me the 'wordpress white screen of death' when I try to activate it. Has anyone else experienced this? Any idea what part of the theme is broken or how to fix this problem? Any guidance anyone might have would be extremely helpful!

  6. ClaytonJames
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    The theme probably should not be uploaded in .zip format, if you are installing using an ftp client. Try uploading the entire "un-zipped" version of the theme directory and its contents using an ftp client, and see if that makes any difference.

    Example: /wp-content/themes/forever/all_of_the_forever_theme_files

    [edit] clarification: "zipped them and uploaded them in my themes section" I'm not sure if you meant you uploaded the .zip package to /wp-content/themes, or if you meant you used the upload button in the themes section to install the .zip package from your desktop.

  7. bellabaking
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    The WordPress.org theme uploader only allows you to upload a theme in .zip format. I uploaded the .zip package to '/wp-content/theme-install, which is the 'instal feature' under /wp-content/themes. I am unable to upload the unzipped version as the install feature won't allow it.

  8. ClaytonJames
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Try uploading the un-zipped version using your ftp client (or the file manager in your hosts control panel). See if that makes any difference. If not, perhaps you had an incomplete SVN checkout of the files. I just downloaded the forever theme files and tried it on a test site, and they worked fine.

  9. VModarelli
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Before uploading the zipped theme files...how do you download them? I want to use the Forever theme as well and I went to the link Chip Bennett provided (thanks) that shows the list of the Forever theme files...now what? How do I download them?

  10. Rev. Voodoo
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Read the REST of the links Chip provided..... all the instructions are there

    YOu can always right click on each file and save target as.... (at least on a windows machine you can)

    You just need to save them all in a folder named forever, but, the SVN route is probably more reliable (as describe in the links Chip provided)

  11. VModarelli
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks Rev. Voodoo...I was afraid of that. That link is much too techy for me. I'm going to try your way of right clicking and save target as.

    I'm going to have to zip them after I download since the upload requires a .zip format. Still, this way is more comfortable for me.

    Thanks.

  12. VModarelli
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Spoke too soon...not as direct as I thought. When I right click on a bullet item, it says "save link as..." And, many files are .php which are easy to save in a designated folder, but other files have more files in them, and those files have even more files!

    Which files need to be saved and how do you save the files in files in files?

    Need help.

  13. Rev. Voodoo
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    YUp, that would be a problem. You can't download folders.... you'd have to make that folder, and then download the items in it!

    (note the two dots .. at the top aren;'t part of the theme, that's ike a back button)

    SVN is probably the way to go. Try to download tortoisesvn, and then use google to see if you can find a tutorial you understand. It's not too hard if you can find an explanation that makes sense to you.

  14. VModarelli
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I created a folder on my C drive, went to the Forever url, downloaded each file - mostly php files, few folders had 2-5 other files in them, but downloaded all into the Forever folder on my C drive.

    Then downloaded tortoisesvn and followed online steps. Seemed clear...too good to be true. When I got to the right-click on the Forever folder, right-click and select import, I get stuck on the repository url. It asks for the URL Repository and I typed in "c:AFC_ForeverFiles" and get the message "Error: Illegal Repository URL"

    My other attempt was to compress the Forever folder and then upload it to install the theme. I keep getting a message that the installation failed because there is no index.php file...but there is! I checked and doubled check.

    Anyone got any ideas? Help!

  15. Chip Bennett
    Theme Review Admin
    Posted 2 years ago #

    If you're using TortoiseSVN, you don't need to download individual files manually. Simply define a local directory, and point TortoiseSVN to the wpcom-themes URL. It will download the entire Theme in the local directory you created.

  16. VModarelli
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks Chip for responding. I guess I'm not as techy as I thought I was cause I feel lost.

    When you say "define a local directory," do you mean create a folder on the c drive?

    When you say "point TortoiseSVN" to the wpcom-themes URL, that's where I'm lost...don't know how to "point."

    When I follow the TortoiseSVN directions, I get the error "Unable to connect to a repository at URL 'http://C:/AFC_ForeverFiles'" Just can't figure it out. It keeps asking me for the URL of the repository, not the theme files.

    What am I doing wrong! I've never used a SVN client before.

  17. RNeudorfer
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    May I suggest http://Lynda.com WordPress 3 Essential Training. Easy to understand and worth the cost.

  18. Chip Bennett
    Theme Review Admin
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @VModarelli

    No worries. :) We all have been in the same situation, at some point.

    First: think of TortoiseSVN as analogous to an FTP client. You simply use it to transfer/synchronize files between a local source and a remote source - except that, with SVN, the remote source is called a repository.

    Remember the Using Subversion Codex entry I linked earlier? First thing: go there. Then, scroll to the very bottom of the page, under "Resources". Find the link for "Using TortoiseSVN to author and update WordPress plugins".

    This is a tutorial, complete with screenshots, that steps you through how to use TortoiseSVN. The part that will be most useful, and that I think will help clear things up for you, is the section entitled "Check Out The Repository".

  19. Chip Bennett
    Theme Review Admin
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @RNeudorfer

    Just a personal pet peeve, but I don't think I would spend any money on a supposed WordPress training guide that can't even get the WordPress versioning convention correct in its title.

  20. Rev. Voodoo
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    It asks for the URL Repository and I typed in

    This is simply the URL @Chip provided earlier

    https://wpcom-themes.svn.automattic.com/forever/

  21. VModarelli
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    You guys are awesome. Thanks Chip and Rev. Doing the SVN Checkout using the forever theme url that Chip provided and Rev. Voodoo said to use in the url repository window WORKED. And it worked easily and quickly.

    Now all I have to do is figure how to upload it so that I can use it for the website.

    I may be coming back with more questions, but for now THANK YOU!

  22. Chip Bennett
    Theme Review Admin
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Now all I have to do is figure how to upload it so that I can use it for the website.

    Now, you have two options:

    1) Upload via FTP client
    2) Compress the files as a ZIP file (protip: select the top-level directory that contains the Theme files, i.e. the forever directory, and compress that as forever.zip. Then, use the built-in WordPress Theme uploader.

  23. VModarelli
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I DID IT!! Thanks to Chip and Rev. Voodoo.

    I zipped the file that I had just downloaded and uploaded and it was done! After all the trial and tribulations, it was quite easy!

    In case anyone is needing to do this, here are the steps:

    1- download TortoiseSVN
    2- create a new folder; I put mine on my c drive
    3- right-click on the folder and select "SVN Checkout"
    4- in the "URL of repository" window, put the url of the files you want to download
    5- in the "Checkout directory" put the location of the folder you created (it might be there already)
    6- click ok (or whatever the button says to make it go!)
    7- check the folder you created to see if the files are there
    8- if the files are there, then compress that folder
    9- upload the compressed (.zip) file using the install theme function

    DONE. It takes only 5 minutes...if nothing goes wrong :)

  24. naturalmoment
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi,

    I too, would like to use the "forever" wordpress.com theme for my wordpress.org site. I am new to creating my wordpress site and would love to know how to download the theme.

    I see the directions by VModarelli, but I'm still a bit confused. Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Lisa

  25. Rev. Voodoo
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @naturalmoment, the instructions @VModarelli posted are about as good as it gets.... where are you getting hung up?

  26. thrivelivestyle
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I am trying to add the "forever" theme as well and I'm totally lost!
    I have a mac so i can't download the tortoise, so I've downloaded something called "SCToolbarbutton" thinking it was the SVN program you speak of but when I go to check out the URL i get an error code:

    OPTIONS of 'https://wpcom-themes.svn.automattic.com/forever/404.php': Server certificate verification failed: issuer is not trusted (https://wpcom-themes.svn.automattic.com)

    where am I going wrong!?

  27. VModarelli
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @thrivelivestyle & @naturalmoment

    I wish I could help more, but the steps I took are outlined in my earlier post. I had never done it before so I don't know how to troubleshoot this. And I don't work on a Mac, so I can't say whether it's the same or different.

    Keep trying and asking for help. The people on this forum are supportive and was the only way I got it done.

  28. LAstylist
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Good grief I wanted to use the Forever theme too, but after reading this.......

    Is figuring this all out even possible for someone that is not a techie and new to wordpress?

    Why can't I just click a button to apply this theme to my blog? :(

  29. LAstylist
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    WOW I did it. I followed VModarelli's steps and it worked!

    Now, can anyone tell me, my site is hosted by godaddy.com I don't know if that matters, but I want to know will using this theme limit me in regards to how much I can customize the site? I need to add share buttons and change the fonts and colors. Can I do this with the 'Forever' theme?

  30. alchymyth
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @LAstylist

    please start a new topic for your new questions - these are not related to the current topic.

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