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  • I was just wandering how to apply styles to my dashboard… I’ve already download some themes, but can’t get them to work. Errors:
    “Template is missing.”
    “Stylesheet is missing”.
    Sorry for the newbie question, but what am I supposed to do?

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  • Mark (podz)


    Support Maven

    “apply styles to my dashboard” ??
    You mean the editing area ?
    As for WP Themes, hopefully the theme author has written some help up, but if not, just drop the whole named folder into /wp-content/themes/

    I did that but I always got these two errors…
    “Template is missing.”
    “Stylesheet is missing”
    and I would like to know why?
    The only way to change my theme is to overwrite the wp-layout.css and to add the images of the theme into /images; but I’d like to use the theme support of WP 1.3 inside the editing area.

    Mark (podz)


    Support Maven

    What exactly are you trying ? Link to the file ?
    It may not be a full ‘Theme’ in the 1.3 sense…….

    I think the styles I was trying to use were designed for WP 1.2.
    I was trying to change themes directly from the edit area, under Presentation. The problem is that I’ve got “stylesheet is missing” error for all the themes I’ve uploaded to the ftp.

    Im getting the same errors now. tryin to add new themes.

    In the top of the style.css file, there must be a header that WordPress looks for to provide information to the Presentation Panel. It should look something like this:

    Theme Name: WordPress Default
    Theme URI:
    Description: The default WordPress theme based on the famous <a href="">Kubrick</a>.
    Version: 1.5
    Author: Michael Heilemann
    Author URI:

    This provides the information needed to “see” the information. You can change the specific to whatever you want but the titles need to stay the same and it needs to be within the CSS comments (slashes and astericks).

    Everything related to the theme must be in the wp-content/themes/themename folder with the themename being the name of the theme you are using without spaces. Like “fredtheme” or “mytheme”.

    I have this header in my modified “default” theme, but when I update my list of themes, I get the CSS code for the theme name and so on…

    I am running on a Mac, edited theme with DW MX 2004, not much to say beside that. I am wondering if something is not being done like a CR/NL combination that Winblows normally would look for.


    Ok Guys, it seems that you NEED to have the CR/LF combination turned on in Macintosh Dreamweaver for it to recognise any changes to themes correctly.

    I’ve just found this out through some trial and error and some minor head banging on the table 🙂

    I’ll see about reporting this to the mail developers as a possible issue for them to look at 🙂


    Good catch. And let them know!

    Here’s a good guide to making your own custom “theme”.

    I actually call it skinning since you aren’t creating a theme per se.

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