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Style.css file missing in uploaded theme

  • I uploaded a theme several different ways and get a message that the theme has a missing style.css file. Is this a file I need to create myself, and if so how and in what directory does it go?

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  • The style.css should be included in all WordPress themes, what theme are you using or trying to use?

    Moderator Jose Castaneda



    Generally themes come with a style.css file in the root folder; if it doesn’t exist there often times a theme creator will sometimes put it in a separate folder titled either includes, or css. That file is essentially what gives the theme the overall look and feel of the theme.
    style.css read a little about it. Hope that help a little. 🙂

    Is it a free theme, if so where can it be downloaded from?
    Is it a child theme and the parent is missing?


    I am using Modern Elegance from Themeforest, which is not a free theme. I don’t believe it is a child theme.



    Forum Moderator

    As you are using a commercial theme, you need to seek support from the theme’s vendors.

    @sally@eventsatbrookhills.com, you usually won’t find help for premium themes in these forums, but as a start, try extracting the .zip you downloaded from ThemeForest. There are a lot of files inside that zip, including the actual theme .zip. In this case would be something like modern-elegance.zip, you should upload that via the WordPress admin, or extract it, and then upload via FTP.

    WordPress looks for the style.css in the main theme directory, it is what defines a WordPress theme, the theme name, author, version, tags, etc…

    If you’re still stuck, contact the theme author.

    Hope that helps

    Thanks. That solved it. I had not unzipped the folder inside the original zip file. Did that and found another Modern Elegance file, when I uploaded that everything is fine.

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