After upgrading Magento to I've found that no themes are working at all. I've copied the exact theme structure from app/design and skin/frontend and then set the package name in Settings > Configuration > Design but no dice. Has anyone else experienced similar problems?

The methods I've used above work on a brand new installation so I know it's not the theme or config causing an issue but I'm struggling to suss out what else could actually be causing it! (I have cleared my cache).

Also - setting the theme as rwd doesn't work either.

  • Are you symlinking template files? If yes then you have to enable symlinks in administrator panel. Also try copy whole design and skin base/default from fresh downloaded magento instance - so your base/default files will be 100% original. Check if you don't have design overriden by System > Design > Add design change. Check apache error log if there's no error about including empty filename.
    – versedi
    Nov 5, 2015 at 12:01
  • Have you also made sure your plugins are disabled before testing rwd or default theme?
    – lee murphy
    Nov 5, 2015 at 12:10
  • I've just logged in and removed every single plugin from the website, retested but it still doesn't pick up my rwd theme. Nov 5, 2015 at 12:59
  • Make sure the file owner and permissions are correct too Nov 5, 2015 at 13:04

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I found the problem. There was a custom theme being set from the old Magento website insice System > Design (not System > Configuration > Design) - silly me...

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