Incurring an error when installing a wordpress theme is a very common oversight. The fix is very simple and all details are outlined below.
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) from ThemeForest.
- Within the unzipped folder you will find the actual theme file. (for example: Karma.zip, Sterling.zip)
- Re-install the theme using the correct file (Karma.zip) and you’ll be all good to go.
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