When I try to change my theme it just sits there and everything except my background dissapears. Can someone please tell me the correct way to install a theme?
Firstly, "Help please, I'm new" is not an acceptable subject for a post. It tells us nothing about your problem.
Assuming you have downloaded an OTS theme you will find the correct way to install your new theme in the readme file that comes with it.
if you haven't done what mr. white said, then pick the theme you're trying to switch to in lsts and click "edit settings". be sure it reads "step.rc" (without quotes) in Step-textbox.
and if you can tell the theme author to fix it so the next one that downloads the theme doesn't have this problem.
the same thing happened to me. you think with all the time people put into litestep they would have at least explained installing themes better. I have downloaded about 5 different themes, and the only one that has worked was simplicity. not one of the themes actually had a readme file that i could follow through and get the theme to work. some didn't even have a readme. and all of them were highly popular ones. i've tryed unzipping everything everywhere and opening them every way i can figure out. the most i've gotten was ONE theme to show up a little bit. then it had a lot of errors and crashed.
... this is why I created my own theme :) It's really not difficult to conform to the OTS. Every theme should be able to be installed exactly the same way. It's a shame that some developers don't put much effort in making sure there themes will run as well on other peoples systesm as it does on their own. Having said that it can be difficult to predict how a theme might behave on a different system without testing for yourself.
lain7: You need the fixed LSTS. A lot of themes that claim to be OTS compliant don't include a .thm file. The LSTS version that comes with the installer has a bug - it doesn't handle themes without such a .thm file properly. Go here
and look for the fixed/patched LSTS.