Installing wordpress themes?

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  1. sanar

    sanar Junior Member

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    Hey guys I seem to be having a problem with uploading the WP themes I find on blackhatworld to my website's wp admin page. Is there something I'm doing wrong? Or is it the files? Note I do compress them into .rar files before I upload them to wp
     
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    aspe_heat Power Member

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    What problem do you exactly have?

    Make sure the folder structure within the archive correct and I suggest using .zip extension, I'm not sure if .rar even works for WP.
     
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    2 easy ways to upload the themes to WordPress.
    1. Go into WP, click on install theme and upload a zipped theme and let WP handle it from there. As far as I know rar wont work.
    2. Unzip on your hard drive, use Filezilla or another FTP client or even Cpanel and upload the UNZIPPED files to the wp-content/themes directory.

    Oh always check the theme files, in some cases the file structure isnt right -- you see it more in plugins, but they may have the theme itself buried a couple levels deep. If thats the case, unzip and upload the theme/plugin by itself!
     
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  4. Chintoo

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    When using nulled themes, you will see a lot of incomplete/buggy themes. If you are not able to achieve something like the 'demo' it is most likely the theme's fault and not yours. It is always recommended to use legit themes.

    If you need to use nulled themes, just follow what others have said or just try another theme which might work.
     
  5. krishnap

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    None can help you with this much of information. Give the details.
    1)Which theme you are trying?
    2)What exact error you are getting while installing?
     
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    Can you be more specific please? What's the error you get? Where are you unpacking the RAR files on your server?
     
  7. sanar

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    I'm currently trying this now

    Specifically I was trying the detube theme I found on here, and I was also trying megusta v 2.5 I found through google. And gave me this message when i try to upload

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    The package could not be installed. PCLZIP_ERR_BAD_FORMAT (-10) : Unable to find End of Central Dir Record signature
    The error I got is shown above, and as for the unpacking I just go on my browser and just navigated to the WP admin page, and through settings->theme-> upload that's where I uploaded the themes and got those errors.

    Edit: after changing the .rar file to a .zip file and I attempt once again to upload detub package as a test for my server I get this error
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    The package could not be installed. The theme is missing the <code>style.css</code> stylesheet.
     
  8. shiv4

    shiv4 Newbie

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    The package could not be installed. The theme is missing the <code>style.css</code> stylesheet.

    This^, as it said, the theme missed a style.css file.
     
  9. Gogol

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    That is where your problem lies. You don't compress them into rar files. You compress the theme folder into a zip file and upload it. Wordpress doesn't know how to handle a rar file lol.
    EDIT: It seems that you have already tried that.

    What is the folder structure of your theme?
     
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  10. shiv4

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    ^yes, please check the theme folder structure. When changing the .rar to .zip, maybe the structure was also changed so that the installer can't find the style.css.
     
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    The problem is that you are trying to upload the whole theme package, along with the documentation and other files not intended for public display. Zip only the folder containing files style.css, index.php etc..
     
  12. onlinb2e

    onlinb2e Newbie

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    Just make sure you upload ZIP file, not RAR
     
  13. pavan

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    rar format wont be supported
    try uploading all the theme files via ftp using filezilla
    if you still get an error then you need to download the theme again
     
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    Make sure the theme is in a zip folder, then use the theme uploader in WP. Also make sure the theme files are the only ones in the zip, and that there is no subfolder before the theme files or anything like that.
     
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    I have a solution for your problem. Open up your FTP browser (e.g. FileZilla). Navigate to /wp-content/themes/ and drag the folder of your theme into it. The end result should be like this: /wp-content/themes/yourtheme/
    Hope this helps you out.
     
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    Yes, you are right dude, WP will not support rar file...

    Am sure, Op tried already LoL:)