Errors Upon Activating WPMU Dev Themes on Dreamhost PS

OK, I'm getting errors upon activating the themes available from here on my sites.

I've tried activating Showcase on a fresh install of the latest Wordpress, and my install procedure was this:

1) create OnlineDomain.atsis.com sub domain on dreamhost PS
2) create OnlineDomain.com as a domain
3) Mirror OnlineDomain.atsis.com to OnlineDomain.com
4) Install latest WP 3.0.1 using DH's one click install
4.1) Turn off auto update of WP
5) Edit wp-config.php like this:

// define('DB_HOST', 'mysql.OnlineDomain.com');     // ...and the server MySQL is running on<br />
define('DB_HOST', 'mysql.CurrentDomain.com');

so that when OnlineDomain.com is ready to go live, i can just change that one line of code and flip the DNS over to my Dreamhost PS
6) Upload placeholder content
7) Experiment with themes
7.1) "Other" themes seem to work. The themes I've tried from wpmudev seem to not work when I get to this step.

The thread that relates to that specific install is here:
https://premium.wpmudev.org/forums/topic/install-error-showcase-theme

The error I get is this:
Fatal error: Unsupported operand types in /home/mayyue/taoofyouth.com/wp-admin/themes.php on line 83

...it looks like the dashboard is working...but i don't want to ride over an error like this. i want the theme activation to be effective, fast, and bug free

I also have another setup that I'll be using in two locations
Dreamhost Private Server
WP 3.0.1
Latest BuddyPress
Currently using the BuddyPress Default theme
Not multi-user

The website is this: http://www.urine-therapy.org/ and I plan on using a similar setup for latv.at and likely a few other sites.

I uploaded the WPMU Dev Studio theme according to the instructions here:
https://premium.wpmudev.org/wpmu-and-buddypress-themes/helpsheets/
https://premium.wpmudev.org/wpmu-manual/installing-new-themes/

and I get the WSOD as described here:
https://premium.wpmudev.org/forums/topic/wsod-upon-activating-studio-theme

I'd like to be able use both the WP and the BuddyPress themes.

Can you let me know how to proceed?

Sincerely,
Dainis

  • Tammie
    • WordPress Wizard

    @dainis: Ok now we're in one spot lets get a few confirmations.

    1. Are you using php4 or php5? Ideally we'd recommend php5 as from 3.2 wordpress won't even support php4 but our themes should work ok on php5 for now - we'd just recommend you use php5.

    2. Can you provide a screenshot of your wp-content/themes/ directory for us please to see what you have listed there for our themes?

  • dainis
    • The Incredible Code Injector

    ok, we can drop the BuddyPress Themes part of this thread. The WSOD was the result of the BuddyPress Template Pack and thanks to Aaron and this forum for clearing that up.

    Now we are on to a non BuddyPress install, plain WP, not WPMU:

    http://screencast.com/t/ScSoy2PytO

    I wanted to try the Showcase theme, but the child theme does not show up in my WP dashboard. Tried with Edu-Blogs, and that one works fine...also with no errors.

    On one hand, I could just forget about deploying a non-BuddyPress site, on the other hand, we could get the Showcase theme to work.

    Best,
    Dainis

  • Mason
    • DEV MAN’s Sidekick

    Hiya Danis,

    Your setup looks ok to me here. Only thing I'm not a fan of is the "one click" installs. They're known to break things.

    I wanted to try the Showcase theme, but the child theme does not show up in my WP dashboard.

    Does the Showcase parent theme activate properly?

    On one hand, I could just forget about deploying a non-BuddyPress site, on the other hand, we could get the Showcase theme to work.

    Let us know what you decide. Worth noting that Showcase is not a BuddyPress theme though so if you're going for a BuddyPress theme I'd grab one of our awesome BuddyPress themes from here:
    https://premium.wpmudev.org/buddypress-themes/

    Hope this helps!

    Thanks!

  • dainis
    • The Incredible Code Injector

    Yes Aaron, just tried commenting out that line, and unfortunately, I still get:

    Broken Themes

    The following themes are installed but incomplete. Themes must have a stylesheet and a template.
    Name Description
    Showcase Child The parent theme is missing. Please install the "Showcase" parent theme.

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