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"Template is missing" for child themes

  • Hello,
    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!

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  • WPyogi


    Forum Moderator

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

    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?



    Forum Moderator

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




    Forum Moderator

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


    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?

    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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