[ 2019 ] Fix the theme is missing “style.css” Stylesheet Error
Getting a hard time to understand how you got the package could not be installed. The theme is missing the “style.css” stylesheet while uploading a WordPress theme? Hey, wait
Yes, you read it right 5 minutes. Wondering how to Fix the theme is missing “style.css” Stylesheet in WordPress ? & on same time wondering why you got this issue? Here, is the brief updated guide on fixing stylesheet missing in WordPress.
This post will help you to understand why you face this error and what is the best possible way to rectify this issue. I will be sharing with you today an easy fix that you can do to solve your issue on your own.
UNDERSTANDING ERROR MESSAGE ITSELF, THE PACKAGE COULND’T BE INSTALLED. THE THEME IS MISSING THE “STYLE.CSS” STYLESHEET
Before I start hope you already got a question around; how actually you got stylesheet missing problem in a brand new theme that you just purchased. The answer is really simple & I gonna answer you today in brief.
WHAT EXACTLY IS “STYLE.CSS” STYLESHEET?
Stylesheet ( in general term “style.css” ) refers to .CSS file which plays a great role while styling web components. In other word .CSS refers to ( Cascading Style Sheet ). Let me make easy to understand for
WHY AND HOW YOU ENCOUNTERED STYLE.CSS MISSING?
Let’s say you just bought a theme from somewhere. You paid for it. Downloaded the file & tried to upload in your WordPress but then suddenly you got an error message saying ” the package could not be installed. The theme is missing the “style.css” stylesheet. I understand completely what you might have thought at that meantime.
But the most important thing to understand is either the theme author or you did a silly mistake. If I am not mistaken you must have uploaded a whole bunch of “themename.zip” file to your WordPress. Hey wait, here’s the problem. You are not supposed to upload theme on that way. Let me help you to understand much better.
Watch the short video tutorial below. I will guide you through the download package that you usually get in most of the case.
In this particular video tutorial, you saw a package that I got when I purchased through ThemeForest.
As you can see there is a package with a bunch of stuffs inside including documentation, demo data, license information, theme file & child theme file. The documentation file is a guide for you to setup theme. Whereas demo data you can import that later after the theme has been installed. Author license file to state the author copyright information. Theme file at last that you should be installing in your WordPress installation.
Simply unzip the main package that you often get when you purchase any theme package. Look for the actual theme file. Upload the themename.zip file in your WordPress installation. The process must go 100% correct this time.
Wrapping up !
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