I am new to Drupal and to understand the basics I created a new theme in Drupal and enabled it as default. It works fine, however, I am not being able to log in into admin. I reinstalled Drupal and the admin login works fine. When the default theme is enabled it works, but it doesn't work when my custom theme is enabled.

My .info file is -

name = My First Custom Theme
description = A custom them to understand how Drupal works
core = 7.x

stylesheets[all][] = css/style.css

regions[header] = Header
regions[content] = Content
regions[menu] = Menu
regions[left_sidebar] = Left Side Bar
regions[main_content] = Main Content
regions[footer] = Footer

And my tpl.php file is -

<div id="header">
    <?php print render($page['header']); ?>

<div id="menu">
    <?php print render($page['menu']); ?>

<div id="wrapper">
    <div id="content">
        <div id="left_sidebar">
            <?php print render($page['left_sidebar']); ?>

        <div id="main_content">
            <?php print render($page['main_content']); ?>

<div id="footer">
    <?php print render($page['footer']); ?>

I tried accessing admin page using following ways but without success -



Any idea where I am going wrong ?

  • What is the erroryoure getting on that pages ?
    – niksmac
    Dec 6, 2012 at 11:00
  • No error. It just reloads and stays on the same page, although the title of the page changes to 'User account' Dec 6, 2012 at 11:05
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    Have you moved the content block from the standard Content region to your new Main Content region?
    – Clive
    Dec 6, 2012 at 11:06
  • Sorry @Clive I didn't get you (just started Drupal yesterday), but there isn't any content block in my tpl.php file. Dec 6, 2012 at 11:16
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    @Watki02 In my case I was getting error because I didn't include <?php print render($page['content']); ?> in my tpl.php file. So the drupal login form wasn't appearing on my site since no default region was specified. Jan 19, 2013 at 18:43

2 Answers 2


To quote you, it sounds like the answer to your question is you needed to:

...include <?php print render($page['content']); ?> in my tpl.php file. ...the drupal login form wasn't appearing on my site since no default region was specified.

  • 1
    ya, that's right Jan 22, 2013 at 16:19
  • @Sachyn: not a big fan of writing or marking answers, eh? :)
    – Watki02
    Jan 22, 2013 at 22:14

My whole site crashed due to an error similar to the one above. It’s deadly, because I couldn’t even log into my Admin control panel. Warning: require_once(/public_html/site/wp-content/themes/flexfit-child/framework/functions/meta-box/meta-box.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home2/skegley/public_html/site/wp-content/themes/flexfit/functions.php on line 239 Fatal error: require_once(): Failed opening required ‘public_html/site/wp-content/themes/flexfit-child/framework/functions/meta-box/meta-box.php’ (include_path=’.:/opt/php54/lib/php’) in /home2/skegley/public_html/site/wp-content/themes/flexfit/functions.php on line 239

To fix, go into WordPress installation database.

The SQL is:

INSERT INTO wp_options (option_id, option_name, option_value, autoload) VALUES

[a bunch of irrelevant lines]

(47, ‘template’, ‘flexfit’, ‘yes’), (48, ‘stylesheet’, ‘flexfit-child’, ‘yes’), Change the last line displayed there to (48, ‘stylesheet’, ‘flexfit’, ‘yes’),

In other words, to fix the broken site, go to wp_options table. installing the child theme as normal only changes stylesheet to the child theme. you have to change the stylesheet back to the original theme’s stylesheet.

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