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Child vs Stand Alone Themes

  • Avatar of dswright
    dswright
    Participant

    @dswd

    Hi,

    I was wondering what the preference is, be it make a child theme or a stand alone theme.

    ALso, if making a stand alone theme, what are the necessary items that are needed?

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  • Avatar of @mercime
    @mercime
    Keymaster

    @mercime

    @dswd depends on the project. If you’re creating a WP theme and want to make it compatible with BuddyPress, simplest requirements are: the_title() and the_content() and using jQuery which comes bundled in WP. That’s it. BuddyPress is compatible with nearly all WordPress themes.

    Avatar of dswright
    dswright
    Participant

    @dswd

    Hi @mercime, thank you for the speedy reply

    For arguments sake, let’s say that the project is just a BP site.
    Does this make sense?

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    Hugo
    Moderator

    @hnla

    Given that BP 1.7 introduced theme compatibility, and 1.8 will extend that considerably as we have now brought into play a new level of template hierarchy along with placement of assets CSS/JS in BP directories the question is moot, as you can do either but a child theme is always a child of whatever parent theme you have chosen to use – unless you decide to overload BP by adding bp directories directly to the top level of a theme in which case theme compatibility would be automagically disabled.

    The rule of thumb is that if your chosen theme can be updated and you want to make custom changes to BP template files then you do so in a child of that parent theme, even if only containing the ‘buddypress’ ( or ‘community’ ) directory to ensure your changes are maintained in your own child theme.

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    @mercime
    Keymaster

    @mercime

    @dswd what hnla said. Currently, if it’s a BP in multisite, I use BP Default child themes throughout :-) Might change it in future, but for now it’s working great.

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