Cannot get child theme to activate on live site

  • deborah


    I had my site running smoothly on my PC using BitNami.

    I created a child theme easily and it worked fine.

    Today I have been trying to get it moved to the hosting service – GoDaddy – and cannot get the child theme to connect. It says the theme is broken, that the parent theme is missing.

    I have deleted all extra themes. I deleted Graphene and resinstalled it. I have reviewed the css child theme and cannot determine the problem.

    Screen shot of the error message in the dashboard:


    Screen shot showing that Graphene is the active theme:


    Header of the child css file:

    @import url('../graphene/style.css');
    Theme Name: GrapheneChild
    Theme URI: http://www.?.com
    Description: This is my first child theme
    Author: Deborah
    Template: Graphene

    The site:

    Any suggestions? I am just about at my wits end and considering asking GoDaddy to restore the site to what they initially setup and starting over again.

    Edit to add: I tried the sites URL for Theme URI, but that did not work either. That could the the problem, but I don’t know what the URI should be if not or what I have in it.



    Hi Deborah

    Try this one:

    Theme Name: Graphene Child
    Theme URI:
    Description: Child theme for the Graphene theme
    Author: Deborah
    Author URI:
    Template: graphene
    @import url("/wp-content/themes/graphene/style.css");
    /* My modification goes from here */

    Hmm.. Your pictures are linking to localhost.

    Remember to upload and link to the pictures.

    I made a very short Child Theme intro last in this post:




    Yes, I know the photos have not been loaded properly yet. I stopped doing anything to it when I thought I might need to totally reload.

    OK, that did it on the colors. Thanks. I’ll continue with the other settings now.



    Maybe start with a empty functions.php 🙂

    Then add corrections one by one.. worked for me!




    Now it is gritching about the wp-login.php file that apparently GoDaddy loads on top of the wp-admin file…. I’m going to call them since I can’t get into the dashboard right now.

    The only thing in the Function file is a change to the header image height.



    You only need style.css file in the graphene-child

    catalog to start with. The functions.php there is

    the one making error!




    Working on photos now. I am not sure that it was worth it to put it together on my PC first.



    Finally got the photos loaded and in in the right places. Now I have a test environment on my local PC, but if I do this again (likely) I will not do as much content work on the PC before I move it to the web. “Under Construction” pages don’t bother me. I would rather use one of those than have to do so much work over again.

    Thanks again for your help.



    Im glad You got it so far 🙂

    Not sure Who told the local stuff & how to move wordpress.

    But if You want to make text fonts more readable, now You

    have a Child Theme, just ask 🙂


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