Skip to:
Content
Pages
Categories
Search
Top
Bottom

[Resolved] Upgrade to BuddyPress 2.0.1 Causes White Screen of Death

  • Avatar of Dainismichel
    dainismichel
    Participant

    @dainismichel

    hey, going from:

    Version 1.8.1 to 2.0.1 causes all pages (dashboard, site, etc.) to appear white (blank).

    i tried this in wp-config.php to see if it would help:

    # Memory to see if buddypress upgrade works
    
    define ('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '256M');

    and it didn’t.

    i am using the bp-default theme (which i chose in hopes of avoiding all such update issues)

    any tips?

    –dainis

Viewing 14 replies - 1 through 14 (of 14 total)
  • Avatar of @mercime
    @mercime
    Keymaster

    @mercime

    @dainismichel I hope you created a child theme of bp-default instead of making your modifications on the bp-default theme directly. http://bpdevel.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/the-future-of-the-bp-default-theme/

    As for white screens, aside from increasing memory limits, have you tried renaming your child theme folder in server as well as deactivating all plugins by renaming the plugins folder in server to check if you can access wp-admin?

    Avatar of Dainismichel
    dainismichel
    Participant

    @dainismichel

    for one site, i just used bp-default directly because i figured it would always be there and would always work.

    but i did find this:

    If you are already using bp-default, either directly or as a parent theme, don’t worry.

    at the link you recommended…

    right now, i am less interested in making buddypress look and feel the way i want it to — than in just using wordpress community software that actually works.

    with BuddyPress, over the years, i noticed that the best strategy is just to leave it alone and not try to do anything with it, because then it’s just going to break in unforseen ways — and not even “configuration,” but just implementation can and will be riddled with errors and problems and headaches.

    so, for one site, yes, i used a child theme, but for the site in question, i didn’t. i just figured some form of “buddypress default” would always be there — and it would always work.

    if “it” changed, i would just configure it — but i would not need to dig around and search for errors and fix things and ask at the forum and have peoples’ emotions flare just cuz i am interested in having the software work — etc.

    i also figured it would be a theme buddypress would always maintain and upgrade — and improve. for example, have you ever seen the activity stream in twentytwelve? while there may be classier activity streams around — for 2012 — it was easily one of the nicest looking activity streams available. so — i figured buddypress would notice that — and just continuously improve whatever the “buddypress default” theme was…

    i “might” make a child theme now — but i have now looked around at some commercial themes — so maybe i’ll buy one of those.

    really — it is about immediate functionality and convenience. it needs to work, first and foremost, and it needs to “look good” as well (but it needs to actually work — first).

    anyway — what this development at BuddyPress did — is it sent me searching for a commercial theme to upgrade to. not sure if that was the intended result, but it’s what it did in my case.

    best and blessings and thanks for all the work you do, let us know if you ever plan on releasing a kind of “default theme” in the future ok?

    sincerely,
    dainis

    Avatar of Dainismichel
    dainismichel
    Participant

    @dainismichel

    yeah, just bought a $60 theme — and upon activation — there is an overlap issue on the activity stream.

    this is why we need a buddypress default.

    for people who just want their community software to work.

    i mean, it’s not “massive,” the community in question is just over 300 people, but i just bought a theme figuring eh, i’ll improve some stuff, and maybe eventually, having purchase will “improve” some stuff — but really — i just want it to work.

    so it goes:

    i used bp-default directly (not child theme)
    i updated buddypress
    i got a white screen of death
    started fiddling with memory etc
    still the white screen of death
    –good i have backups–
    bought a $60 theme hoping it would “just work” the way bp-default did — so i could upgrade buddypress
    noticed an “overlap error” in the activity stream…
    now, it looks like i need to make a child theme (just in case), then upgrade BP, then hope it works with the child theme — then try the commercial theme…

    i mean, i “can” go in and resolve these things, it’s just not that fun, and really, it would be nice if there were a theme that “just worked” for users of buddypress.

    Avatar of Dainismichel
    dainismichel
    Participant

    @dainismichel

    here is the activity stream in bp-default

    http://screencast.com/t/nfwn03Jc

    neat and clean and functional and it works.

    now i bought a commercial theme and it’s broken:

    http://screencast.com/t/KFL1Ywwu4M

    Avatar of Dainismichel
    dainismichel
    Participant

    @dainismichel

    yeah, made a child theme now and will see if i can update buddypress…

    maybe, by some chance, after i upgrade buddypress, the activity stream will display properly using the commercial theme i purchased

    …otherwise…it’s right back to bp-default…

    Avatar of Dainismichel
    dainismichel
    Participant

    @dainismichel

    oh well

    i:

    purchased a commercial theme for $60 hoping it would work out the box. it didn’t.

    i created a child theme and it works with the old version of buddypress

    i added all the memory stuff to files like .haccess that folks recommend when you get the WSOD w buddypress

    i updated buddypress and got a success message:

    http://screencast.com/t/2bpHT6m6NZr

    now i have the WSOD and back i go to the backup i created at the start of the day…

    Avatar of Dainismichel
    dainismichel
    Participant

    @dainismichel

    so, if i upgrade buddypress with the commercial theme active, i can upgrade buddypress.

    then, with an upgraded buddypress, if i switch back to the child theme i created (of bp-default), the site just displays the WSOD, and i need to revert to the backup.

    so, right now, i “can’t get” buddypress to work with a child theme of the bp-default theme.

    Avatar of @mercime
    @mercime
    Keymaster

    @mercime

    @dainismichel Please make sure that any commercial theme you purchase is compatible with the latest version of BP. If it claims it is compatible with latest BP version, then they should fix the issue/s you have encountered.

    Re child theme of the BP Default Theme: if you find that after adding
    add_filter( 'bp_do_register_theme_directory', '__return_true' ); to your theme’s functions.php file that there are still issues, please post a ticket with all relevant information at https://buddypress.trac.wordpress.org/newticket by logging in with your WP username and password

    BuddyPress is compatible with nearly all WP themes which do not replace the_title and the_content with their own proprietary/framework tags.

    Avatar of Dainismichel
    dainismichel
    Participant

    @dainismichel

    they’re saying “it looks like the theme or plugin have not installed correctly, or all or part of the css file is missing…”

    and they are at least saying that they are looking into it.

    i added that line to functions.php & thank you very much :-)

    i have to go back live in a few hours so i’ll either just restore a backup (but i’ll try my child version of bp-default first with that additional line).

    are there common factors involved in themes that make the activity stream submission look really good vs. really bad?

    best,
    dainis

    Avatar of Dainismichel
    dainismichel
    Participant

    @dainismichel

    ps @mercime, i added the line

    add_filter( 'bp_do_register_theme_directory', '__return_true' );

    to functions.php of the child theme

    (it’s the only line)

    and well — upon activating the child theme — i get a blank page with just that line displayed — did i do that wrong?

    thnks for your help

    Avatar of @mercime
    @mercime
    Keymaster

    @mercime

    are there common factors involved in themes that make the activity stream submission look really good vs. really bad?

    @dainismichel For regular WP themes, BP theme compatibility’s basic stylesheet with just a few tweaks in some cases is good to go, as seen in WP Default themes. For premium WP themes with expressed BP support, you should bring style issues to premium theme author to fix.

    (it’s the only line)… i get a blank page with just that line displayed

    Please surround that line with opening and closing PHP tags like so

    <?php
    add_filter( 'bp_do_register_theme_directory', '__return_true' );
    ?>
    Avatar of Dainismichel
    dainismichel
    Participant

    @dainismichel

    thanks u rock!

    ps: why does twenty twelve’s buddypress activity stream comment submission look so good?

    is it a separate stylesheet someone made at some point?

    Avatar of Dainismichel
    dainismichel
    Participant

    @dainismichel

    resolved, thank you mercime

    Avatar of @mercime
    @mercime
    Keymaster

    @mercime

    Re: BP comment submission form looking great in Twenty Twelve.
    It’s using the same stylesheet enqueued by BP. The difference is that the style is not being overridden by the theme’s styles.

    You’re welcome. Marking this topic as resolved.

Viewing 14 replies - 1 through 14 (of 14 total)

The topic ‘[Resolved] Upgrade to BuddyPress 2.0.1 Causes White Screen of Death’ is closed to new replies.