Wordpress Themes Not Showing Up After FTP (LAMP, Ubuntu, Wordpress, Filezilla SFTP)

January 20, 2016 908 views
WordPress LAMP Stack Ubuntu

Hey all! Thanks for any time you take to help me.

I have a Ubuntu 14.04 server setup, with LAMP installed after following this DigitalOcean tutorial. I then installed Wordpress following this DigialOcean tutorial.

Everything is running smoothly, except when trying to upload themes.
I am using Filezilla's SFTP which as been successfully configured and connected to my server without a problem. I have tried to install three different themes, all with the same result.

When I upload themes via Filezilla SFTP, they successfully upload into my server's "~/wp-content/themes" folder. However, when I try to access them via my WP Admin panel, they simply do not appear.

I am thinking this may be a permissions problem, as the default WP 2014, 2015, and 2016 themes work fine, and can be changed without an issue. That said, my main (non-root) user account should have all permissions necessary.

Does anyone have any advice on how to resolve this issue? Thank you!

  • Are you uploading the themes to ~/wp-content/themes or to your web root? Typically ~/ indicates a user's home directory and that is not normally where you would install Wordpress.

  • Thanks for your reply, Andrew!!

    I'm new to the Linux syntax, so I may very well have indicated the incorrect directory. I looked at what appears to be the default directory and it showed up as ~/wordpress/wp-content/themes.
    However, upon further investigation, I also found the same directory under /var/www/html/wp-content/themes. Is it possible I should be uploading the themes to the latter directory rather than the former?

  • Oh man, oh man!

    Thank you very much for your reply, Andrew. You led me to check further, and indeed the issue was I was simply uploading the files to the wrong directory.
    When I went back in with Filezilla, I uploaded the theme to /var/www/html/wp-content/themes instead of ~/wordpress/wp-content/themes and it worked flawlessly!

    It was a simple misunderstanding as to which directory was being sent to the web.
    Thanks again, my problem is solved!

1 Answer

You need to upload to the** /var/www/html/wp-content/themes**

Also, after you have uploaded, check the ownership of the files in /html, if it says www-data when doing ls -al /var/www/html from your ssh terminal, then make sure all the files in the new theme folder you have uploaded are also www-data. This will ensure maximum compatibility with WordPress. You can do this by doing: chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/wp-content/themes/yourthemefoldername

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