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  • Avatar of ngoegan
    ngoegan
    Participant

    @ngoegan

    Wordpress 3.5, bbPress 2.2.3

    I have a ning I want to stop paying for so I took your word for it and got a WP site, installed buddypress and bbPress and went through the installation instructions from the codex page and setup a header and added some groups etc.

    Right off the bat I’m having big problems that would cause the whole thing to be unusable. I’ve spent hours reading lengthy threads and tracs and everything else that seems to be telling me there are no solutions to the very basic functioning issues I’m having. How can anyone use this software with these problems? I’m not the only one, there are many people I saw posting in this forum with the same unsolved issues. I’m at a loss.

    So, this is my last hope – I really want it to work. I love the way it looks, the way it could function if it was working – I can envision it in all its glory – I just. can’t. get. it. to. work! Maybe someone here can help me work these things out. I am not a coding person so I need very clear instructions, thank you.

    The site: http://www.livingcm.org

    The issues:

    1. Posting a comment on anything in the activity feed sends the user to a 404 page not found error.

    2. “Private” groups activity shows up in the main site activity feed – OOPS!

    3. I can’t find a registration page so new people can’t register.

     

    Any help would be most greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,

    Naomi (who really does not want to pay $25/mo to ning anymore!)

     

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  • Avatar of danbpfr
    danbpfr
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    @chouf1

    hi @ngoegan,

    you have problems ? Me too ! But what kind of problems ? It’s not working as you expect is not really ” a problem” i guess….

    You can’t find a register page ! Huh , because User registration is currently not allowed. It’s written here: http://livingcm.org/register/

    Go to BP setting and show if you created all the pages needed by BP espacially “register” and “activate”. This must be done. If pages are OK,  check “Anyone can register” from here /wp-admin/options-general.php

    How to do you set up your homepage ? Did you something like a static page or so ?
    Have you changed a slug somewhere ?

    Have you also changed the permalinks from default to something else ? Must be done to use correctly BP : D

    Avatar of Paul Gibbs
    Paul Gibbs
    Keymaster

    @djpaul

    The first issue is fixed by a 1.6.3 update, which we will be releasing very soon.

    I am not aware of any bugs with your second issue; if the current user is a member of that private group, they have access to see its activity items on any page on your site.

    Third issue is a WordPress setting; see http://www.agentwp.com/enable-or-disable-user-registration-in-wordpress

    Avatar of ngoegan
    ngoegan
    Participant

    @ngoegan

    Thanks for your response Chouf1

    I set my homepage as a static page and used the Activity page as the homepage. I think that’s why it’s not working. It’s looking for /activity/reply, but it’s named ‘home’. Where do I change the url for the reply page? It doesn’t show up in Dashboard – Pages because it’s a BuddyPress theme page.

     

    Ideally, I’d like a registration where I am sent an email, and then I approve them. This would keep the community private, rather than anyone and everyone self-registering.

    The permalinks I chose are the postname option. That’s pretty standard on websites isn’t it?

     

    Avatar of ngoegan
    ngoegan
    Participant

    @ngoegan

    Paul,

    So does that mean I can’t have the Activity feed as my home page until the new release? Is there an ETA?

    I setup a test user who *isn’t* a part of the private group (LivingCM nature group) and I was still able to see the comment that was privately posted in the private group on the MAIN Activity feed. Isn’t this a known issue?

    Avatar of ngoegan
    ngoegan
    Participant

    @ngoegan

    Is there anyone who would be willing to walk me through a temporary workaround on the activity feed until the release comes out. I really want to use bp and if I can get it working, it would be ideal for what our group needs.

    Avatar of danbpfr
    danbpfr
    Participant

    @chouf1

    Naomi, on the BP settings the “pages” tab show the page name for the site wide activity. By defaults it is “activity’, choose it as static page pour your homepage. And “blog”, default name too, as your posts page.

    BP commes with all necessary templates for everything, by default so you don’t need to create another extra homepage or any other page for “replies.

    Avatar of ngoegan
    ngoegan
    Participant

    @ngoegan

    I did that already chouf – I chose the Activity page as my static home page.

    The problem, again, is when anyone tries to comment on the Activity (static home) page – it looks for the reply page at /activity/reply – but the page does not exist.

    Why doesn’t the page exist? It should come standard in bp shouldn’t it? Where did it go?

    What is on the reply page? Shouldn’t it just go back to the activity (static home) page with the new comment added?

    PLEASE SOMEONE HELP!!

    I’m feeling more and more discouraged about the possibilities of this working for me. How can ANYONE use buddypress without people being able to comment on the activity feed?!?!??!!!!!?????

    Avatar of danbpfr
    danbpfr
    Participant

    @chouf1

    The page doesn’t exist because activity comments are fired on the same page by an ajaxified comment form.

    Have you perhaps some pages in the trash box ? If yes you must delete them completely. This can cause many side effects on the existing pages.

    Deactivate the rrs multi importer plugin

    Have you installed group forums OR the bbPress plugin ? There is probably a problem with the page name “forum” who interact also with existing BP pages.

     

    Avatar of Hugo
    Hugo
    Moderator

    @hnla

    @ngoegan You must have a little patience, you are new to BP and WP by the sounds of things and working with these two apps requires a little understanding of how things work, bear in mind you are coming from a paid for service which  simply gives a series of options to an OS app that has far greater flexibility when you start to look under the hood and begin wanting to customize.

    by the way writing in caps is considered ‘shouting’  :)

    Avatar of ngoegan
    ngoegan
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    @ngoegan

    I figured out that the problem is with having the activity page as the static home page.

    I changed the home page to a blog page and then added the activity page on the navigation menu and now I’m able to post comments.

    So it looks like you can’t have the Activity page as the home page on Buddypress until the update. Is that right?

    Avatar of danbpfr
    danbpfr
    Participant

    @chouf1

    Activity page as home page is the usual behaving of a BP site.

    Avatar of ngoegan
    ngoegan
    Participant

    @ngoegan

    Hugo, thank you for pointing that out. I was not aware of your forum protocol, I apologize. I should have used italics? I want to stress my point, but not shout :)

    I have seen many posts here that have gone unanswered regarding the very same issues I’m having so I got the impression that patience wasn’t leading to any answers. I don’t mind being patient, I just really would like answers one way or another – it can be fixed or it can’t. With that information, then I can make a decision on whether I can use Buddypress/bbPress combo or not and move ahead.

    Here is what I still need help with:

    1. How to make the Activity page the static Home page and not get the 404 error when posting. Paul said this is fixed in the next release of Buddypress. Does anyone know when that release is and is there a workaround in the meantime that someone can walk me through?

    2. Buddypress offers options to make a group ”Private” or “Hidden”

    Both options claim: “Group content and activity will only be visible to members of the group.”

    This is not true – everything I post in the “Hidden” group I created shows up in the public activity feed to a test user I created who is not a member of that group.  I need to be able to offer the secure knowledge of privacy in these groups to our users. Is there a way to truly make this information private and not be mortified when one of my users finds their private information on a google search?

    Paul’s answer is unclear to me: “I am not aware of any bugs with your second issue; if the current user is a member of that private group, they have access to see its activity items on any page on your site.”

    3. I would like to make the whole site private – accessible only after registration. I would like people to have to register and their registration be approved by me before gaining access to the site. Is this possible?

    Thank you for any help.

    Avatar of ngoegan
    ngoegan
    Participant

    @ngoegan

    Okay, I activated the Private BuddyPress plugin and this now works for me. It didn’t work when I used the Activity page as my static home page, so that is still my issue.

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    @modemlooper
    Moderator

    @modemlooper

    If you post in a group and then switch it private. The old activity does not get hidden. Same if you post in a hidden group and then make group open. The old activity will be hidden.

    Avatar of ngoegan
    ngoegan
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    @ngoegan

    You’re right! I tried it again and it didn’t show up! Not even for me! What’s strange is I had it set to private, then checked it again and it was listed as public, so I switched it back again :/

    So, aside from making the activity feed the main page issue – everything else seems to be resolved at this point.

    I am getting another error: when I post a comment on a forum discussion, I get this error message:

    Page not found
    We’re sorry, but we can’t find the page that you’re looking for. Perhaps searching will help.

    When I re-load the forum discussion, it resolves it. Any idea how to fix it?

    Avatar of ngoegan
    ngoegan
    Participant

    @ngoegan

    Great. Someone hacked into the site and removed the Dashboard toolbar at the top of the site. I’m thinking ning may not be such a bad option after all.

    Avatar of ngoegan
    ngoegan
    Participant

    @ngoegan

    Okay, it wasn’t a hack. It was a mobile plugin.

    I’ll stop talking to myself now :s

    Avatar of Hugo
    Hugo
    Moderator

    @hnla

    Try not to inatall any plugins until you have a basic WP/BP install fully functioning, adding plugins just adds to what may be affecting things.

    Avatar of ngoegan
    ngoegan
    Participant

    @ngoegan

    Does that mean the plugin is unusable if it fixes problems when I deactivate it? Or does it mean I should re activate it in a different way/order?

    Avatar of ngoegan
    ngoegan
    Participant

    @ngoegan

    I also have a strange problem now with the registration link on the sidebar only showing up on some pages and not on others. Thought it might be a custom menu problem, but it doesn’t seem to be the issue.

    Avatar of ngoegan
    ngoegan
    Participant

    @ngoegan

    Yes, the registration link issue was a plugin problem. Cleared up when I deactivated them. What are my options then? I really do want some of that functionality offered by the plugins.

    Avatar of @modemlooper
    @modemlooper
    Moderator

    @modemlooper

    If you are serious about running your own hosted site then you will need to have a local install to do all your hacking/testing. If a plugin has not been updated to your install version DO NOT USE it unless you can code and fix problems. WordPress and BuddyPress works together OOTB but when you start adding in unknown code it can and will break.

    Why do you think ning charges? They host it and make sure the features work. That’s the price. WordPress.com same thing. You pay a small fee to not have to deal with hosting and features breaking.

    BuddyPress currently has no hosted solution so my comment about having a local test environment is they way to make sure new features/plugins wont kill your site.

    Also, you need to protect user data and having bad plugins that could leak user data is a site killer. They will loose trust, delete and never return.

    Avatar of ngoegan
    ngoegan
    Participant

    @ngoegan

    Is there a way to know which plugins are trustworthy other than the reviews?

    Avatar of ngoegan
    ngoegan
    Participant

    @ngoegan

    `I have another issue with bbPress. Do I ask that here?
    `

    When I add a new topic in the main forum, it redirects to a page that says: “`We’re sorry, but we can’t find the page that you’re looking for. Perhaps searching will help.”`

    When I change my permalinks to default, it fixes the problem. How can I fix this so I can use the %postname% permalink not the numbered pages?

     

    Avatar of @modemlooper
    @modemlooper
    Moderator

    @modemlooper

    BUddyPress and bbPress both use the slug forum. Change bbPress forum slug to something else in the bbPress settings

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