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  • Hi,

    I’ve developed a WordPress site locally and have recently been trying to upload it to the server. Although every time I do so, the child theme I have created for the parent seems to break.

    I can’t figure out why this is, as I can’t see anything that has changed. It says that “the parent theme is missing. Please install the “Propulsion” parent theme.” although it is clearly there, and can be activated.

    It might be worth mentioning too that when I originally migrated the site, nothing would show up when I tried to visit the site, not even an error message. Support from Dreamhost then told me that no theme was activated, and activated the default theme for me. It was from here that I could see the error with the child theme.

    I would just try and delete and reinstall the child theme, although when I do so I lose all of my theme options, custom templates etc. which have taken me quite a while to build, so really would be terrible if I had to start from scratch.

    Is there a way I can perhaps export all this data from my local copy if I can’t get it working through a normal migration? I’m testing all this on a mirror of the site through Dreamhost, i’m not sure if that might have anything to do with the problem?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated, i’ve been battling with this for a while!

    Thanks again,


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  • I had to put my database .sql file into “notepad++” then replace the locations, zip it back up and upload it to the new server, then reset permalinks to get my themes to work.
    Good luck! ~J

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