ROOTS Bootstrap WordPress Theme Giving Errors (manifest.json missing)

If you just newly installed Roots Bootstrap Theme for WordPress and just uploaded it to your server and activated the theme and are seeing confusing errors that read like this:

Warning: file_get_contents(/var/www/ failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /var/www/ on line 23

It’s because you need to run

grunt build

in Terminal (in your theme’s directory) to produce the files necessary for non-development environments (aka that manifest.json file that is missing). Voila!

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Hi, I'm Steven! I'm an entrepreneur, photographer and art director in New York. Follow this blog for self expression, fun, and most importantly: looking comfortable, at ease, and amazing in your photos no matter who takes them! I dedicate this to my amazing friends who have let me inadvertently turn all of our hangouts and travel photos into a never ending photoshoot of fun. The proof is in the pudding-- our photos rock. My other projects: I'm the founder of, a face-to-face tech concierge service for NYC. Book a techie to walk you through something you want to learn! My work focuses on socially engaged art projects which use technology to create access to resources for communities. Visit Steven Chu Studio ( for branding & design work or Steven Chu ( for photography projects.

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