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  • I have had to re-install WP half a dozen times this week. I install Twenty eleven, make a child which always fails one way or another. Sometimes it says success but doesnt appear. Other times it gives can’t write errors.

    I go to ftp and give /themes and or /uploads public write which usually ends with the blog going blank, and no themes shown in ADMIN except in the activated window a no name nothing with a WIDGETS link. And then I cant install any themes at all.
    I try deleting the themes in FTP but nothing fixes it so I assume WP is broke and re install it. This goes on and on in an never ending sad pity potty song, The Child Theme Blues…


    *I am first steps setting up a WP site behind the scenes to replace my Serendipity site of 5 years. I have learned enough .html .css .php and unmanaged dedicated server crap to get me by for some time now.

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  • esmi


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    You could try a basic, pre-made Twenty Eleven child theme and see how that goes.

    Thanks! I did try that and got into the same issues… SOmething would not write, change permission, breaks WP.

    I guess what I need to know is what permissions are best for WP directories and sub directories to be sure things work but not break.

    I have been reading up a lot on HEADWAY. I think that’s the way I should go as I am very design and layout minded. Trying to get the blog to look like a website.

    And I don’t want whatever this problem is to screw up basic headway theme.

    Thanx, Kicker



    Forum Moderator

    I did try that and got into the same issues

    Are you sure that you are uploading the new child theme correctly? Its folder should be placed in wp-content/themes. Or it can be uploaded via Appearance -> Themes in the exactly the same way as any other theme.

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