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Problem uploading theme


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28 December 2007 at 12:22pm 6 Posts

Hi all!
I'm about to upload a theme on this website, but i got this error:

"Your theme could not be submitted:
There is a file $name in the root directory. Your theme should be in a folder."

Can someone help me with this? I zipped the theme folder with the 7zip program using .tar compression. Any idea on what Im doing wrong here?


3 January 2008 at 5:16pm (Last edited: 3 January 2008 5:19pm), Community Member, 26 Posts


I had quiet a few problems with uploading my theme also...
You need to zip it as .tar and then zip the .tar in a .gz to make a .tar.gz file which can then be uploaded. Otherwise it wont work and it will just tell you annyoing error messages!

Follow these steps:
"Right-click on the .tar file go to 7-Zip menu and click on option "add to archive" or something like that (should me the 6th option in order), choose GZip archive format and then OK, and now you should have it compressed it like .tar.gz"

Hope this helps you?


3 January 2008 at 6:18pm Community Member, 48 Posts

Hi there,

Because themes are only a handful of files I upload them via FTP.

Just make sure you place the theme inside the 'themes' folder ( inside it's own named folder ).
The blackcandy should be there by default as a guide.

HTH - Dave Porter


7 January 2008 at 5:44am (Last edited: 7 January 2008 5:45am), 6 Posts

You misunderstood me... I was talking about uploading themes to this site :)

Thank you for replying, but my problem is still there after compressing the .tar to a tar.gz... Same error message. I really hope someone can crack this problem. Its a shame that the theme uploading service is to hard for us mortal to figure out ;p

thanks in advance


3 February 2008 at 12:38am 6 Posts

Can someone help me? Im going nuts here!

thanks in advance


3 February 2008 at 4:00am (Last edited: 3 February 2008 4:00am), Community Member, 149 Posts

the way I was uploading the themes was just to pack it into a .tar package and then to a .gz (.gz is to decrease the filesize, it works without it ). remember, that your theme folder should contain only the css, images and templates folders! YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PUT ANY OTHER FILES AND FOLDERS THERE


5 March 2008 at 12:14am (Last edited: 5 March 2008 12:15am), 6 Posts

Thanks for replying wojtek! But sadly I got this new error:

Your theme could not be submitted:
There appears to be more than one theme in this archive - css and images.

What am I doing wrong here?


5 March 2008 at 12:55am (Last edited: 5 March 2008 12:55am), Community Member, 149 Posts

could you please upload it on your web server or send it to me on wojtek.szkutnik(at) ? it would be the easiest way for me to check what's wrong