This article outlines how to resolve the “style.css is missing” error displayed when trying to install your WordPress theme.
Example of the Error:
Unpacking the package… Installing the theme… The package could not be installed. The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet. Theme install failed.
Cause of the error:
This error is caused by trying to install the entire ThemeForest download ZIP package rather than the actual theme itself. The download package includes a variety of extras such as documentation, design files, freebies, child theme, etc. which causes the installation error.
Resolving the error:
Resolving the error simply requires using the correct file during your theme installation.
- Unzip the download package (ZIP file) that you received from ThemeForest.
- Within the unzipped folder you will find the actual theme file. (ie. Karma.zip, Sterling.zip)
- Re-install the theme using the correct file and you’ll be all good to go.
A complete set of Training Videos outlining how to install and use your awesome new wordpress theme can be found on the Theme Training Videos page.