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I just noticed a similar problem: buddypress and child theme (no multisite), and when I upgraded to 1.5 my language customizations in bp-languages/buddypress-my_site.po stopped displaying.
I had define( ‘BPLANG’, ‘my_site’ ); set in plugins/bp-custom.php, but I found I also had to set
define(‘WPLANG’, ‘my_site’); in the wp-config.php file
In buddypress 1.2.8 just setting the language in bp-custom.php had been sufficient. Hope this helps someone else with the same problem.
Menelik, thanks so much for writing out your work and your thought process so clearly. I needed to add custom metadata to a topic, and I was able to get it working in under an hour following your example. I really appreciate it!
You can change any of the labels and messages in BuddyPress to whatever you want by making a customized language file. This article explains what to do: http://wpmu.org/basic-guide-to-creating-a-buddypress-language-file-for-sitewide-label-and-message-editing/
I like thinking of groups as “categories” myself. If you change them to “categories” or “topics” in the language file, then they can be geographical areas, or guilds, or whatever you want.
You can remove “groups” from the menu by creating a custom menu in WordPress that doesn’t have a ‘Groups’ tab.
Normally, users would join the groups themselves by clicking on the “join group” button, but as an admin you can move users around as you want between groups.
I can’t advise you on the theme for the forum appearance. I’m just going to edit the stylesheet myself to set mine up how I want.
I need to sort the members directory to. I want to do it by Membership Level from the Membership plugin, but being able to do it by any profile field would be a start. I’ll look into modifying ‘BP Profile Search’ as suggested in the thread Tosh linked to.