A theme with the name ” 1011″ and version already exists on the server.

First time I’ve ever hit this one – Building a custom theme for a client, using the technique Heather Solomon suggested here (Great strategy, saves heaps of time in testing cycles). Everything’s going smashingly, then when I first change the test site to the new theme, it comes up with the dodgy message listed in the title.

Googling found a few people with some unique ideas – Change the name of the theme (puh-lease), renaming the theme folder (uh-huh) and delete the cached theme using SPD (this was plausible at least, but didn’t help me resolve the issue).

In the end, I had to go in to the codepage value within the inf file in the themes folder to a different value (anything but what it was) and it resolved the problem. Thinking about it now, I probably could have deleted the file altogether as generally it’s only used for multilingual environments so they can "read" the theme name in their native language, and has nothing to do with the theme functionality. One trap I’ll remember for next time when copying a theme folder as a starting point for customisation.

Thanks for the tip, Aris!

About Brad Saide

I'm a SharePoint consultant. I'm also slowly going bald, seem to have a permanent spare tyre around my waist and enjoy socialising with friends over a beer or 10. The last 2 may possibly be related. Started working with SharePoint when the first version was in limited beta release (participated in the Technology Adoption Program while at Woolworths) and have been committed to the adoption of the technology as a business enabler ever since.
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2 Responses to A theme with the name ” 1011″ and version already exists on the server.

  1. Viral says:

    Thanks Brad. Surely your post has helped me.

  2. Viral says:

    Hi Brad. I updated the codepage value within the inf file which worked fine for one of my subsite.
    But when i followed the same steps for other subsite it didnot work. i have had to create new theme for that. It was nt a big issue until i found out the http://uatshareit.aklc.govt.nz/_catalogs/masterpage/Forms/AllItems.aspx link is broken from Gallaries > Master pages and page layouts. Any idea ?
    Thanks in advance.

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