Error: Missing the style.css Stylesheet

When you try to install a theme on WordPress for the first time, you might get an error message such as:

The package could not be installed. The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet. Theme install failed.

If this happens, don’t worry! This is quite a common issue, which occurs when you upload the wrong file. Here is how to make sure it does not happen:

  • When you purchase a theme license from ThemeForest and download the theme package, you should receive a zipped folder called “themeforest-12234742-journey-personal-wordpress-blog-theme“.
  • Unzip this folder.
  • Within the unzipped theme package, you will find many folders such as Demo Import Files, Guides, etc. You should also find a zipped file called “journey-wptheme-v112.zip” (since 1.1.2 is the current version’s number, by the time you read this guide the number might have gone up to indicate more recent versions).
  • This file contains the main theme, and this is the file you need to install on WordPress.