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  • Hi. I have used wordpress.com in the past, this is my first experience trying to install a wordpress site on a registered domain. So, I set up a website on .com. Downloaded the site in xml then uploaded it to my new registered domain via bluehost. This was done with the wordpress admin page.

    However, the theme I am using has a set image. I want to change it. I posted a question in the theme’s forum and was told I needed to create a child theme to do so. So, I connected to the site via ftp. The theme is supposedly stored in the wp-content/themes folder. However, when I connect to the website via ftp, there is no wp-content folder. There is also no wp-admin folder.

    Some of the files are the same, but it appears to be missing these two folders, which I thought were critical. So, what I am trying to do is create a child theme so I can change the photo. However, it appears that there isn’t even a wp-content folder. I tried uploading one that i had downloaded from wordpress but it didn’t seem to affect anything.

    Any idea what’s going on here? What am i missing? Shouldn’t there be a content and admin folder already there? Or do I need to connect them somehow? I am a confused noob at this point, any assistance is appreciated. Thanks.

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  • Moderator t-p

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    Thread Starter treesforgoshen

    (@treesforgoshen)

    Hi. Thanks for the links. I’m not having any problems connecting or using filezilla. I can connect just find and am able to download and upload files.

    My basic question is, shouldn’t the wordpress site already have a content and admin folder? And if not, how do I get the site to use my content folder which I want to have a custom theme in?

    Or, to put it another way, I’m able to use ftp, I’m just not sure what I should be doing with it.

    Moderator t-p

    (@t-p)

    There should be three directories in the root of your WP:

    wp-admin
    wp-content
    wp-includes

    Just to avoid confusion: When you say no folders exists, Are you talking about the original theme folder or the child theme folder? (both should reside under /wp-content/themes)

    Thread Starter treesforgoshen

    (@treesforgoshen)

    Actually I found them. I may have posted this prematurely. I dug around a little more and found them, they just weren’t where I expected them to be. Again, I’m just starting. So I made the child them – at least, I thought, but now I’m getting an error message on the site after I upload it.

    Moderator t-p

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    I thought, but now I’m getting an error message on the site after I upload it.

    Can you quote the error?

    Thread Starter treesforgoshen

    (@treesforgoshen)

    Sure. First I basically just duplicated the theme and added “-child” to the folder containing it. It appeared in the themes when I went to appearance/themes. But if I would try to select or preview it I would get this error: Error message: Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ”Skip t’ (T_ENCAPSED_AND_WHITESPACE) in /home3/treesfo2/public_html/wp-content/themes/misty-lake-child/header.php on line 36

    So then I changed the style file like you’re supposed to. Now when I try to click on appearance I get this error: Parse error: syntax error, unexpected end of file in /home3/treesfo2/public_html/wp-content/themes/misty-lake-child/functions.php on line 139. I can’t even get the different themes to appear, just as soon as I hit ‘Appearance’ it goes to that error message.

    I’m assuming I have gotten the code in the style wrong but to be honest it’s still all greek to me so I don’t know what to change. Thanks.

    Moderator t-p

    (@t-p)

    repair/replace this file:
    /wp-content/themes/misty-lake-child/header.php

    useful codex: https://codex.wordpress.org/Common_WordPress_Errors#Parse_errors

    Hey you can try this two links
    https://codex.wordpress.org/FTP_Clients

    https://codex.wordpress.org/Using_FileZilla

    I think it will help you a lot.

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