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  • I have a self-hosted WordPress site that I have had to customize by changing the 2011 theme’s CSS code online. The company I work for won’t give me access to FTP, so I can’t created and upload a custom child theme.
    Because of that, I have been reluctant to update to a newer theme, thinking it would probably cause me to lose my changes.
    Anyway, I have recently begun to see the following error message when I go to my site:
    Fatal error: Theme CSS could not load after 20 sec. Please download the latest theme at
    But everything else with my site appears to be fine.

    Does anyone know what the error message is referring to and if there is a way to make it go away without having to update to a newer theme?

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  • I just noticed another error message at the bottom of my website and I’m even more at a loss as to what this one means:
    Warning: Unknown: open(/var/php_sessions/sess_9a457c6ddfec61090e37c7ab66c58713, O_RDWR) failed: No such file or directory (2) in Unknown on line 0 Warning: Unknown: Failed to write session data (files). Please verify that the current setting of session.save_path is correct (/var/php_sessions) in Unknown on line 0

    Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated!

    Moderator kmessinger


    Moderator kmessinger


    The first message comes from a plugin


    The company I work for won’t give me access to FTP

    You work for idiots but you probably know that.

    LOL! But I’m happy to be working! 🙂

    Thanks very much! The mention of Galleria threw me; I didn’t realize it was connected with Slickr Flickr. That message went away when I upgraded the plugin.

    But the second error message is still there. Any ideas about that one?

    Moderator kmessinger


    Try contacting your host and ask them to properly setup the php session.save_path and send them the errors you get there.
    The path is set to /tmp and /tmp has permissions 777. The tmp directory must be open so that scripts can write to it.

    I just tried deactivating Slickr Flickr temporarily, and the error message went away.

    Unfortunately, Slickr Flickr allows me to customize photo captions the way they want them and I haven’t found another plug in that does quite the same thing.

    So I guess I need to contact Slickr Flickr’s developer, but I’m not sure that will lead anywhere since I have to use the free version which doesn’t include support.

    I don’t suppose knowing that Slickr Flickr is at fault gives you any further clues about what I could do to get rid of the error message myself (besides turning off the plug in)?

    Moderator kmessinger


    No. The only thing I know about plugins is how to enable and disable :^) The developer is your best chance. You might Google Slickr Flickr and find help.

    You also could use css in a child theme to make your captions like you want.

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