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  • I’m attempting to upload a recently purchased theme to my site but keep receiving the same error message. I am not sure what to do to resolve this as I am new to WordPress.

    The theme I am trying to upload is called Solid WP – Corpotate/Business WordPress Theme and can be found here:

    When I downloaded the theme, it appeared in my Downloads folder in a folder file, not a zip file. So I right clicked and compressed the file into a zip file. When I upload the file to wordpress, I receive this message:

    “Unpacking the package…

    Installing the theme…

    The package could not be installed. The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet.

    Theme install failed.”

    I do not know what to do resolve this and am hoping someone here may be able to discern between simple newbie error and complicated error and/or provide a step to take to try and resolve this problem.

    Also, I do not know what version of WordPress I am using, but I signed up in the last month so I assume this means I am using the latest version.

    Thanks in advance for your help and advice!

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  • As this is a commercial theme, you need to seek support from the theme’s vendors.

    Okay. So I should email the support team that created the theme? I was hoping someone here may have some insight.

    Sorry – we cannot access themes behind a paywall. Nor is it our place to keep theme vendors in business.

    I had this problem when I downloaded my theme, and I figured it out!

    You don’t upload a zip file of everything you downloaded: you have to go INSIDE the main folder and find the theme folder, and zip that, then upload it. I promise, it’s quick and easy! : )

    carolehayes – thank you!!

    sorry for my english i’m french
    whell i ‘ve got the same problem and message when installing my new template named velo from themforest. In my case the file is zip
    but wp don’t find the styme.css sheet.
    I open the .zip to check the file is in…
    seems like WP don’t recognized it.
    i try the carolehayes trick but it’s not working for me
    I’m quite new, first time i buy and instal a wp theme
    please help
    i already wrote to theme forest waiting for answer too.



    Forum Moderator

    As mentioned above, commercial themes are not supported here. Perhaps this will be helpful:

    For further questions, you need to contact Theme Forest.


    you’re a genius, thank you 🙂

    awww…. I’m glad it worked for you, Rachel! : )

    Izabo, have you had any luck?

    Moderator Andrew Nevins


    WCLDN 2018 Contributor | Volunteer support

    Okay everyone, if you wish to discuss commercial products, please do so elsewhere. Do not continue to ignore this.

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