I am migrating my server from the dev to live, on the live server when I go to the admin section I am getting 404s for the css.

For example instead of trying to load the css from


it is trying to load from here:


What could cause this?

  • put reset.css to /skin/adminhtml/default/default/ – Amit Bera Jun 4 '14 at 4:16
  • where you have specified your css? – MeenakshiSundaram R Jun 4 '14 at 4:46

The backend has the same fallback mechanism as the frontend regarding the themes.
The last fallback level is always base/default for both of them.

The reason you reach that level for admin is: you don't have the file you requested in default/default OR the file is not readable.

I would put my money on "door number 2". Check the permissions on your files and folders.

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To change the path for the admin skin, I think you want this in your config:


That will allow you to use the path default/yourdesignthemename and will fall back to default/default if files are missing (CE 1.8.1)

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If you try to get /skin/adminhtml/default/default/ path then you can use Mage::getDesign()->getSkinUrl(); or Mage::getDesign()->getSkinUrl('reset.css');

Then you can get skin/adminhtml/default/default/reset.css You can try to test it on your controllers

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