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Using separate themes for main site and BP using network?

  • Avatar of Globiana
    Globiana
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    @globiana

    We have a fully developed site and community is going to be a huge part of it. Unfortunately, the Tersus theme we used doesn’t have great BP functionality. I’ve been asked to use a different BP theme with better functionality. Since there can only be one theme on an installation, can I use a separate installation on a sub folder for the BP theme? Is there a way to integrate them or are they forever isolated? Member data and activity must be accessible from main site for widgets, etc.

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  • Avatar of Fee
    Fee
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    @wdfee

    What do you want to do exactly?

    A. You can run a multisite installation with BP network activated. There each subsite can use it’s own theme, only the mainsite needs a theme that is comfortable with BP. But since BP 1.7 there should every theme be supported.

    B. If you wish to keep the styles of Tersus theme on your main site, but have to override some functionality – You could make an own child theme of Tersus theme and override it’s behaviour.

    Avatar of Globiana
    Globiana
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    @globiana

    To oversimplify it: We want the main site to look like tersus, and the community to not look like tersus.

    Huddle or Buddy or any number of BP themes have a much cleaner, more user friendly, organized and rich design than the part of tersus that enables BP.

    It there a way to have just the community part have a different theme – I know there’s only one theme per installation, but is there a workaround?

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    Globiana
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    @globiana

    Thinking about your suggestion of overriding BP behavior on a child theme – I am just not developer enough to build a theme and construct it differently. I could have the templates for child theme and another BP theme side by side and I still wouldn’t know what to scavenge!

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    Fee
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    @wdfee

    Did I get you right: ‘Community’ means the BP features like groups, members, acivity – ‘main site’ means other WP pages and your WP blog? So, no that’s not possible. You’d have to either enhance your theme or separate the site into community on the main site of a mulsitite install and the rest on a subsite.

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    Globiana
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    @globiana

    Yes! That’s exactly it, and I was afraid it wasn’t possible. Looks like I would have to alter the theme’s buddypress components significantly, and I don’t have the skills for that. :(

    Regarding the other solution, Can I have buddypress as the main and the installation in the root be a subsite? Do I just not display anthing that is not to do with community?

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    Fee
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    @wdfee

    With multisite I mean both sites inside of one installation: http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network
    There you can activate BP on the main site, then all the community stuff will go there. You can add another site (subdomain) and run your WP stuff there. But that’s not that easy, too. Read throught the linked page if this would be a possibility for you.

    Otherwise maybe the easiest would be just to switch completely to the new theme…

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