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uploading a child; “missing parent theme”

  • Hello,

    I am trying to build a very generic buddypress child theme. I am fairly new to css and recently tried to make a style sheet by following the instructions listed at

    When I uploaded the child however I am getting a message saying “The parent theme is missing. Please install the “bp-default” parent theme.” However I already have buddypress installed as a plug-in and would like to inherit the default theme properties. My own style sheet follows the buddypress example almost line for line. Suggestions? Any help would be great.


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  • Mike


    Make sure your style.css starts with…

    Theme Name: BuddyPress Dusk
    Theme URI:
    Description: Dark theme for BuddyPress.
    Version: 1.0
    Author: John Doe
    Author URI:
    Template: bp-default
    Tags: buddypress, two-column, grey, dark

    and don’t forget the bold line!

    Thanks Michael,

    the stylesheet works when I paste the URI’s above. I would like to get a better understanding of Uniform Resource Identifiers and requirements in css. Do you have any good references?

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