Error when trying to install WordPress Theme

Incurring an error when installing a wordpress theme is a very common oversight.  The fix is very simple and all details are outlined below.

Example of the Error:

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

Cause of the error:

This error is caused by trying to install the entire ThemeForest download ZIP package rather than the actual theme itself. The download package includes a variety of extras such as documentation, design files, freebies, child theme, etc. which causes the installation error.

Resolving the error:

Resolving the error simply requires using the correct file during your theme installation.

  1. Unzip the download package (ZIP file) from ThemeForest.
  2. Within the unzipped folder you will find the actual theme file. (for example:,
  3. Re-install the theme using the correct file ( and you’ll be all good to go.

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