If you’ve happened upon this blog post it most likely is because you’ve purchased a premium domain somewhere and you’re having trouble installing it. Talk about frustrating!
I made so many mistakes in the beginning of starting my new blog. It seemed like with every step that I took there were at least 3 or 4 hurdles to get over before I could successfully accomplish the task that I set out to accomplish in the first place. In fact the time that it took to jump over those hurdle was far more (of course) than my original endeavor. In the earliest days of my new blog I often felt that with each step I took I was taking 2 steps back. This wasn’t exactly true and definitely not how you want to feel when you’re trying to have the bomb new website.
You want to see something for your efforts and I was seeing very little of that in the beginning.
One of my areas of frustration came from finding that “perfect theme.”
In the beginning of my newest blog I tried all sorts of themes but with each one I felt like something was wrong, something was missing or not quite right. I finally decided to purchase a theme through themeforest. I was excited about it! I downloaded the “installable wordpress file” went to add my new theme in my dashboard, clicked on “install now” and waited for my magical theme that was going to make everything easier to load. I waited…And waited…and then it failed to load. NOOOOO!
For days I tried different things. I researched. I went back and looked at the comments on my theme. Did I download the wrong file? Nope. Were all my plugins deactivated just in case? Yep. Was my file still zipped? Yes. I even went so far as to even double check to make sure that I was using wordpress.org and not wordpress.com. (Yes I was using the correct platform.)
I learned about FTP’s and I tried to download my theme using one. I thought for sure that this was the answer. It did not work!
What finally worked for me was going to my cpanel in godaddy and uploading it from there. It was a strange work around but I finally found success! So maybe if you’re in the same predicament as I was in this will work for you too. No promises though because technology is tricky and what worked for me might not work for you but it’s worth a try.
Here’s what I did:
First, I logged into my cpanel and clicked on “file manager.”
From there I clicked on the file that said wp-content.
I then opened the themes file and created a new blank file by clicking on the plus sign and I named it with my new theme name.
Next I uploaded my theme to this new file.
At this point I tried to see if I could find my theme on my wordpress dashboard and it still wasn’t there. Something was still wrong.
After playing around with it for a little while I saw that if I right clicked on my theme there was a drop down menu and a choice for extract all.
I clicked it and then refreshed my wordpress themes and there it was! Sheesh! For all that trouble I better love this theme for a while.
What has been your biggest point of frustration in learning the ins and outs of the blogging world? Let me know in the comments below. : )
*Please note that not all c panels are set up the same way. This is just what worked with mine.