"Template is missing" for child themes (7 posts)

  1. Mockeri
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I've been googling for this answer everywhere and tried absolutely everything. I've rechecked the CSS a million times I'm going crazy (lowercase lowercase lowercase - yep!)! I think I'm going dyslexic!

    So I'm just trying to create a child theme. I've created the child folder /wp-content/themes/twentytwelve-child and have a style.css file in that folder that reads:

    Theme Name: Twenty Twelve Child
    Description: Child theme for the Twenty Twelve theme
    Author: Your Name Here
    Author URI:
    Template: twentytwelve
    Version: 0.1.0

    @import url("../twentytwelve/style.css");

    It comes up with 'Broken Theme' on my theme page and the message 'Template is missing'.

    But the twentytwelve theme is there!! I have tried uninstalling twentytwelve theme, and installing it again. I've tried deleting the child folder and starting from scratch. I have even tried putting in a different theme names - it still comes up with the message 'Template is missing'. All default templates are in the folder. This is the first action I've done since installing wordpress!

    I know I am missing something vital if it's not just happening to the twentytwelve theme but all the themes. Help me!

  2. WPyogi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    How are you creating the child theme style.css file ? Using a plain text editor?

  3. Mockeri
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Yeah! I created it in TextEdit (plain text format) and also in Dreamweaver. I am guessing it's recognizing the stylesheet because it doesn't say the stylesheet is missing, but the template is missing?

  4. WPyogi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Template missing would be that it's not seeing the parent theme - do you have the parent themes installed and the file structure correct:

  5. WPyogi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    If that still doesn't work, you can download one here:


  6. Mockeri
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Yep! That's exactly what it looks like! I've even tried installing twentytwelve theme again and creating the child folder again. I'm losing my marbles. Do you think I need to uninstall/re-install wordpress?

  7. Mockeri
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Ah! My first experience with web stuff and simple instructions to create this child theme and I can't even get that to work. Off to a great start! I'm doomed.

    Thanks WPyogi. I'll do that!

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