I made my wordpress run local and copied a new template
into the templates folder.
After logging in to the backend i got the message
that the active theme (the new one) is broken and
its reverting to default.

So far so good, it reverted to the default theme...
BUT the broken one doesn't even show up in the theme selection anymore!
How can i check what is broken or missing?... or at least make it visible again.

(I alredy made shure that the index.php exists and i compiled the scss)

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    Is your stylesheet (style.css) header correctly. What you are experiencing is normally due to a bad header in style.css. Post your stylesheet header Dec 22, 2015 at 12:05
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    @PieterGoosen it actually was a missing * in the header. Didn't see it in the first place.
    – Minzkraut
    Dec 22, 2015 at 12:18
  • Glad you solved it. Enjoy ;-) Dec 22, 2015 at 12:36

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To be a WordPress Theme index.php and style.css are the basic requirement. check Template Folder ( Whatever you name it ) and check index.php and style.css in style.css you can see theme name and other details.

WordPress Theme Codex

  • I got both, and neither of them is empty. To me it looks allright
    – Minzkraut
    Dec 22, 2015 at 11:31

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