I didn’t release a WordPress file yet but heard often about that “Missing Stylesheet Issue”.
Why don’t put a different small theme in the download package to prevent this?
Create a folder with this structure in the download package:
temptheme +--- style.css +--- index.php
This “temptheme” should just display a message how to correctly setup the theme.
- Does it make sense?
- Any concerns?
- Does this even work?
You’re a genius… just tried and it works
index.php (empty) and a normal style.css with the theme name: “worng, this isnot the theme man!” works perfectly and would prevent people asking again and again about the stylesheet missing.
I started to add both a ZIP and an unzipped version of the theme in download package because of this issue. Purchasers who don’t understand that they’re supposed to unzip the download package will then have the theme load BUT would also have everything else loaded onto their server (PSD, Instructions, etc.) as well.
Your solution to add a sort of ‘dummy theme’ that would alert the user they did it wrong is a good idea. Maybe we could take a step further and add on screen instructions to the index.php file on how to go back and re-install it correctly too (in case they actually activate that temp theme and try and look at the site).
Why don’t make a “temptheme” which unzips the correct theme and delete stuff afterwards so buyers didn’t notice that they did something wrong?
Awesome idea man.
Will implement it in all our themes these days.
Would be nice to make an envato wrong theme so everybody can use it. Anyone willing to make it?