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Assistance with Installing Theme

Hello,
I have created a new theme and uploaded it in the /themes directory along with the default themes. For some strange reason, however, the theme does not work and does not appear on the admin page where I should be able to set this theme as the default. Can anybody help me?

the new theme is accessible at bestschools.ca/forum/themes/new

Thank you

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  • whu606whu606 I'm not a SuperHero; I just like wearing tights... Moderator
    edited November 2015

    @benjy000

    Have you edited the about.php file in your theme folder to include your theme's name? The name in about.php needs to match the theme folder name.

    hgtonightYmris
  • Yes, I did that. You'll see it just shows this page cannot be displayed. please go to bestschools.ca/forum/themes/new

  • Basically, if you go to http://bestschools.ca/forum/discussions, I want to keep the top portion (menu buttons and divider). I think the issue I'm having with page is not being displayed is because the theme is for an older vanilla. So, I would want to use Baseline theme for new vanilla, but change the accompanying files to create the exact same top portion on the site http://bestschools.ca/forum/discussions. I've tried doing this myself and I can't figure it out.

  • If you go here http://bestschools.ca/forum/themes/ColorBaseline/ you can see the files that currently exist for Baseline. So, basically I would want to take the top portion and divider from http://bestschools.ca/forum/themes/new and migrate this into the top portion of ColorBaseline. I should be able to cut and paste the relevant items, but I've been having a very difficult time.

  • vrijvlindervrijvlinder Papillon-Sauvage MVP

    You need to post or zip your modified theme here so we can see what you did wrong...

  • If you go to http://bestschools.ca/forum/themes/ you can see the original one (new), the theme I would like to modify (BaselineColor) and the theme I have tried to modify to look like new (test2015).

  • vrijvlindervrijvlinder Papillon-Sauvage MVP

    You need to look at the other themes and make sure you have the right files that typically go in a theme. 2.1 and above is vey different than 2.0 or less. Old theme stuff will not work.

    Look at a newer version theme for 2.1 and see the kind of files it contains, you are missing files and file structure. your theme will not work.

  • I've tried doing that and changing to a .tpl structure, etc. No luck. Basically all I need to copy is the top portion from the theme 'new' and cut and paste that into the theme 'test2015'. If you go to bestschools.ca/forum you will see what needs to be copied and pasted (theme is called new) from the top portion.

  • As a complete n00b I'd love to know how to install a theme in the first place. When I've tried it gives me 'there is a problem' error.
    I'm trying to install systhem into 2.1 Vanilla.

  • vrijvlindervrijvlinder Papillon-Sauvage MVP

    You simply upload it to the themes folder then you select it in the dashboard. The theme needs to be compatible with vanilla. Some themes are outdated.

  • YmrisYmris New
    edited February 2016

    Thanks. The theme I'm looking at is:
    https://vanillaforums.org/addon/systhem_theme-theme
    I've unzipped it onto my Desktop and in CP uploaded it into public_html/themes. Or tried. I get the error message as I noted above. I tried it with another theme to the same effect.

  • vrijvlindervrijvlinder Papillon-Sauvage MVP
    edited February 2016

    the correct place to do this is in the forum folder

    yoursite.com/forum/themes

    I recommend to use Filezilla to upload into your folders.

    To see the errors you need to check your CGI error logs from where you host this.

  • Okay, thanks again.

  • R_JR_J Cheerleader & Troubleshooter Munich Moderator

    @Ymris: Vanilla 2.1 has security issues and you should use Vanilla 2.2 instead.


  • I'd like to but there I'm not sure I can get proper site admin to bother with it.

    I note in Cpanel that there isn't an option to go yoursite.com/forum/themes.
    The themes folder is in public_html.

  • R_JR_J Cheerleader & Troubleshooter Munich Moderator

    Whereever your forum is installed, there is a subfolder called "themes" and you have to copy the theme folder in that folder.

    In your case, it must look like that: public_html/themes/systhem_theme and in there must be the files about.php, README.txt etc


  • I've just about done it, thanks very much.

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