Module "hugo-universal-theme" not found error while pushing to github

When I try to push my site to github I get an Error: module "hugo-universal-theme" not found; either add it as a Hugo Module or store it in "/home/runner/work/MyRepo/themes".: module does not exist error.

I added these to the .gitmodule sadly it didn’t change anything:

[submodule "themes/hugo-universal-theme"]
path = themes/hugo-universal-theme
url =

this is an error from Hugo, not Git. You haven’t correctly referenced the theme in your site configuration.

Ah you are right, I had themesDir = "../themes" instead of themesDir = "themes" Thank you! Also, I still cannot see the site at despite everything looking like all set:

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