I am using the Pricerr theme. In my parent theme I have a CSS folder with a few css files in it, a rtl.css and a style.css.

What should be the code to put in the functions folder so that I can pull the info from the parents theme? And am i on the right track for identifying this as the error when they say "The parent theme is missing. Please install your parent theme?"

I've checked and my parent theme is under Appearance > Themes hence it is definitely loaded.

  • Pricerr is a commercial theme, ask the theme's support for help.
    – Florian
    Commented May 15, 2016 at 9:13
  • What does your child theme style.css have for Template:? Your parent theme should be fully installed (it does not sound like it unless you meant that is what is in your child theme directory?) and this field should point to the parent theme slug.
    – majick
    Commented May 15, 2016 at 10:35
  • I think this might be what went wrong. This is what is in my child theme's function.php: <?php function theme_enqueue_styles() { $pricerrtheme = 'pricerrtheme'; wp_enqueue_style( $pricerrtheme, get_template_directory_uri() . '/style.css' ); wp_enqueue_style( 'pricerrtheme-child', get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/style.css', array( $pricerrtheme ) ); } add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'theme_enqueue_styles' ); ?> It looks wrong... :/
    – Hkoh
    Commented May 28, 2016 at 12:06
  • Please edit your question to add the code. It's not readable in this way.
    – cjbj
    Commented May 28, 2016 at 12:35

3 Answers 3


There are three things to check:

  1. Is your parent theme complete and what is the exact spelling of the parent theme's name in its style.css. Uppercase and lowercase are important.
  2. Is the child theme directory named parentname-child. It should be in the themes directory, not in a subdirectory of the parent theme.
  3. Does the child theme's style.css have the line Template: parentname in its header. Beware: NOT Template: parentname-child.

Strictly speaking you don't need a functions.php file for your child theme, but you will probably want to load the parent theme's style.css as well. Read more about that here.

  • This is in my child theme's style.css: /* Theme Name: PricerrTheme Child Theme URI: sitemile.com/products/wordpress-pricerr-theme Description: Child theme for the PricerrTheme theme Author: SiteMile Author URI: sitemile.com/products/wordpress-pricerr-theme Template: pricerrtheme Version: 3.1.3 Tags: job, blue, bid, budget, rating, feedback */
    – Hkoh
    Commented May 28, 2016 at 12:20
  • And this is in my parent theme's style.css: /* Theme Name: PricerrTheme Theme URI: sitemile.com/products/wordpress-pricerr-theme Description: The only wordpress theme that will let you run a job/auction fixed price site. Author: SiteMile Author URI: sitemile.com/products/wordpress-pricerr-theme Version: 3.1.3 Tags: job, blue, bid, budget, rating, feedback */ Is it correct? :/
    – Hkoh
    Commented May 28, 2016 at 12:21
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    You need Template: PricerrTheme in the child css. It's all lowercase now.
    – cjbj
    Commented May 28, 2016 at 12:33
  • It worked!! I've been trying to figure it out for the longest time. Thanks a bunch!! :D Is it true i don't need the function.php file in child theme?
    – Hkoh
    Commented May 28, 2016 at 12:37
  • Strictly speaking functions.php is not necessary, but it depends on how the parent theme loads styles. So if it works: don't touch it anymore. ;-) Also: don't forget to accept the answer, so it wil not pop up as "unsolved" later.
    – cjbj
    Commented May 28, 2016 at 12:47

The Template Name in the Child Theme Should be Parent theme's Folder name., If you give the Parent theme Name or something else It won't work.

Is your theme "pricerr" provided by 'sitemile' ?

then the template name should be like

Template: PricerrTheme

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    Also, be sure to check the capitalization of the Template name. It should match the folder's capitalization, which is likely lowercase. Commented Jan 21, 2018 at 6:42
  • @Pikamander2 you should made that an answer - even paid theme authors get this wrong... one would expect at least for money it would be set-up well x)
    – jave.web
    Commented Feb 19, 2020 at 22:01

This question has long been answered, but since I stumbled here and this did not solve my problem, I thought I would add another solution.

In my case, the template was set correctly in both the parent and the child theme, but the parent theme's folder was not named what it expected. Despite all of the files themselves being correct, this can be a parent folder name issue.

  • The template for the child theme wasn't correct then, was it? Commented Aug 11, 2018 at 1:34
  • @JacobPeattie The child theme was correct. I erred when I unzipped the parent theme (used incorrect name for folder).
    – Michael W.
    Commented Aug 11, 2018 at 19:50
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    @JacobPeattie this seems to be a common bug by theme authors: they distribute themes from a case-insensitive operating system, which breaks WordPress for everyone who installs the theme - but you only notice when making a child-theme. Wordpress's error messages for this are incorrect (they know for certain that they have a theme with wrong folder name, but instead they report an error in child-theme).
    – Adam
    Commented Aug 14, 2022 at 11:59

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