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  • Resolved mvdarby

    (@mvdarby)


    Hi Folks,

    I am very very new to all this and I am finding it a steep learning curve… but having fun with it. So to get to the point… Child Themes… hmmm.

    I am just trying to get my head round child themes etc and have hit a bit of a brick wall. So I am following a video on Lynda.com by Morten Rand-Hendriksen called “Installing and Running WordPress MAMP”. Part of that video lesson walks you through the process of creating a child theme using twenty seventeen as the parent theme.
    I have gone through this step by step to create the Twenty Seventeen Child but WordPress keeps telling me..
    “Template is missing. Standalone themes need to have a index.php template file. Child themes need to have a Template header in the style.css stylesheet.”

    I have my twenty seventeen-child folder with my style.css file in. My style.css folder has the following information in

    /*
    Theme name: Twenty Seventeen Child
    Version: 1.0
    Template: twentyseventeen
    */

    Any ideas where I am going wrong?

    Just for information this is being done on a local host.

    Thanks folks, forgive the newbie.
    Mark

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  • Moderator Steve Stern

    (@sterndata)

    Volunteer Guardian of the Interwebs 2nd Class

    Is twentyseventeen installed? Basic, but necessary, question!

    By the way, you can compare your functions.php header and style.css header to my own 2017 child theme, as a point of reference.
    https://github.com/sterndata/sds_2017

    Hi Steve

    Thank you for the very quick reply. Yes twenty seventeen is installed. I’ve had a look at your style.css just to compare and There is nothing glaringly obvious that I can see. I do freely admit though I am MOST definitely not a developer and today is my very first venture into any form of coding at all.

    Mark

    Moderator Steve Stern

    (@sterndata)

    Volunteer Guardian of the Interwebs 2nd Class

    So twentyseventeen is in wp-content/themes/twentyseventeen and your child is in wp-content/themes/soemthingelse?

    Hi Steve,

    Yep… I have
    wp-content/themes/twentyseventeen
    and then
    wp-content/themes/twentyseventeenchild

    Mark

    Moderator Steve Stern

    (@sterndata)

    Volunteer Guardian of the Interwebs 2nd Class

    If you activate the twentyseventeen theme, it works?

    Yep… no issues with the twenty seventeen theme working

    Moderator Steve Stern

    (@sterndata)

    Volunteer Guardian of the Interwebs 2nd Class

    copy my style.css over yours and see if it works.

    Hi Steve,

    Sorry for the late reply, real life got in the way for a bit.

    I copied your style.css across and guess what… same error message! odd! Any ideas?

    Mark

    Ok… Just to add a bit more meat to the bones here I have just discovered something else….

    So when I create my theme child folder and then add in my style.css using my text editor (Atom or Text Wrangler) I can see the file and all my text. I go to the themes page on WordPress and get the problematic error message as described in my previous posts.

    I then close my text editor, go to my style.css file in Finder only to see that the file has no script in it. I open the file up in ATOM or Text Wrangler and there is no script what so ever in my style.css! I am assuming that this is what is causing the issue… just to be safe I tried this with your style.css Steve and had the same result. I can see your file in my text editor but once I close that and look at the contents of the style.css file it’s empty!

    So here is the dumbass question… is there something I am not doing with my text editor that I should be?

    Problem solved… and please don’t laugh to hard at this!

    Turns out I wasn’t saving what I was editing! Once I had finished editing my style.css I had failed to hit save and hence to changes were taking place.

    Told yo uI was new to all this…. every day is a learning day though. Thanks for your help though Steve… I doubt this will be the last time I appear on the Forums.

    Mark

    Moderator Steve Stern

    (@sterndata)

    Volunteer Guardian of the Interwebs 2nd Class

    🙂

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