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Discuss SilverStripe Themes.

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Themes do not work

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Community Member, 3 Posts

22 October 2010 at 3:31am

Hi there,

After a fresh installation of SilverStripe I've been trying to install a downloaded theme. I've followed the instructions I found on the internet which included editing the '_config.php' file which I have since restored to its original state as I later read you should select the site theme from the admin area.

I found the theme selector optioin the admin area and successfully saved the changes to the newly extracted folder (the theme name). However when I then view the site, expecting the see the new theme, I get a basic display of the Home page text stating 'Generated with the default template'.

Obviously the theme change didn't work and nor has any others I've downloaded and tried. Is there something I've missed?

I really can't suss this out.

I'm running version 2.4 of silverstripe and have downloaded the 'pixelgreen' theme.


Forum Moderator, 5523 Posts

23 October 2010 at 12:11am

Tried running a ?flush=all after changing the theme? You might also want to check the permissions of the theme folder and make sure the templates for example is readable.

Crystal Evans

Community Member, 1 Post

23 October 2010 at 4:01pm

I am a newbie here and just wanna say Hi to everyone. I am Crystal from Louisiana, US.

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Community Member, 57 Posts

28 December 2010 at 6:29pm

Edited: 28/12/2010 6:30pm

Just a note for newbies to SilverStripe.

Today I downloaded SS 2.4.4 and after I installed as per instructions, I changed the theme which had a name in the format "theme_name" and it just did not get picked up by the CMS admin area. I change the theme name to "themename" i.e. removed the "_" and it works now. Just a thought for newbies to consider.

SS is a great CMS - Enjoy your experience.


Community Member, 3 Posts

10 February 2011 at 6:16pm

Hello, I am new here,I want to Download themes.But themes not working.Please help.


Community Member, 141 Posts

11 February 2011 at 1:44am

Edited: 11/02/2011 1:44am

Hi sanjayi,

have you seen the installation instructions for themes?

And it would be nice if you could be more specific on "themes not working", like :

Be precise and informative about your problem
- Describe the symptoms of your problem carefully and clearly.
- Describe the environment in which it occurs (machine, OS, application, whatever).
- Describe the research you did to try and understand the problem before you asked the question.
- Describe the diagnostic steps you took to try and pin down the problem yourself before you asked the question




Community Member, 1 Post

19 May 2015 at 11:53pm

Edited: 19/05/2015 11:55pm

Removing special characters e.g. '-_/' and spaces as well as carrying out the command worked a treat for me! Thank you guys.