[wp-hackers] How to install a new theme?

John Blackbourn johnbillion+wp at gmail.com
Mon Feb 24 19:06:16 UTC 2014

Hi Steve,

After unzipping the theme into "ryu", is there an "ryu" directory
inside it? If so you'll need to move the files inside it up one level.

Eg. this is wrong:

 - ryu
    - index.php
    - style.css

This is right:

 - index.php
 - style.css

If that's not the problem then I've no idea what's wrong. Installing a
theme is very straight forward. The only other thing it could be is an
opcode cache, but that should get flushed when restarting the server
or the machine.


On 24 February 2014 18:59, Steve Litt <slitt at troubleshooters.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm running WordPress on Ubuntu 13.10, installed via Ubuntu's normal
> package. From , I go to the
> Install Themes tab, search for ryu, click "Install Now", and I get "To
> perform the requested action, WordPress needs to access your web
> server. Please enter your FTP credentials"
> I'd rather not give someone FTP or sftp access, and besides, I'm behind
> a firewall, but no problem: I just downloaded ryu myself, unzipped it
> into /usr/share/wordpress/wp-content/themes/ryu in exactly the same way
> as the
> preexisting /usr/share/wordpress/wp-content/themes/twentythirteen, but
> when I went to WordPress, ryu wasn't shown as an installed theme. No
> problem, I logged out and back into Wordpress, same problem. I stopped
> and started Apache: Same problem. I rebooted the computer. Same problem.
> Twentytwelve is installed too. I think I installed it yesterday without
> these problems, but I'm not sure. Anyway, I grepped the
> entire /usr/share/wordpress tree for "twentytwelve" and, other than the
> files inside the theme itself, I came up with the following files:
> * wp-admin/includes/update-core.php
> * wp-content/languages/*.mo
> * wp-includes/class-wp-theme.php
> At that point I decided to quit experimenting and ask for help. Ideally
> I'd like to be able to install a new theme *both* the automatic way
> from my WordPress site (but without giving WP an (s)ftp login), and by
> downloading the theme .zip and incorporating it into my installation.
> I read on the Internet various descriptions of the "ftp credentials"
> problem as being a permissions problem or something you fix with chown,
> but all these posts conflicted with each other in the details so I
> decided to ask here. For all I know it's just because my Ubuntu machine
> is behind a firewall.
> Thanks,
> Steve
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