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I am guessing an installer from a web host likely includes some plugins and different themes.
I suggest deactivating or deleting all plugins, and switch to default theme in wordpress before you try to install buddypress. then follow the prompts from there.
ip geo block plugin best dam thing ever.
shield firewall plugin just to disable xmlrpc or a disable xmlrpc plugin
“good question” (https://wordpress.org/plugins/good-question/) or similar – adds a question that must be answered to finish registering
limit login attempts
audit log and multisite register ips (for the manual dedicated spammers)
this mix seems to make like tough for them – especially the ip geo block stopping several countries from abusing the site..
@redsand – good to see you active in bp threads! your plugin is a miracle, especially since akismet changed – one on bp site I did have to fiddle with the settings for forms or something recently – vaguely remember users having trouble sending pms were getting the you cant do that permissions thing until I messed with it a bet.. just like 2 weeks ago.
I originally set bp to just be activated from the admin dashboard – not the super-admin dashboard networkwide – and things have been mostly fine..
but I found that the plugin for showing blog author in a widget on the multi-site sub blogs needs bp to be sitewide activated ( https://buddydev.com/support/?s=User+Info+Widget&stype=all )
and now I think that doing so may resolve the problem I am having where sub account blogs that get updated are not getting updates shown and re-rodering in the “blogs activity / aka member sites” or whatever it’s called on a default install.
@pbarthmaier – thanks for taking a minute to consider this
I would change permalinks, save, then change back and save..
then – make a list of other plugins you are using, and which theme – try with all other plugins disabled.. and the 2014 (or 15 – default) theme.
does it work?
if not delete bp – and get your regular wordpress to work. remove any pages you don’t need – change permalinks.. basically getting a fresh install that works just as wordpress.. change permalinks twice.
then install bp – and run through the process of assigning pages, and all that – and check permalinks twice..
I would be it’s a theme or other plugin causing the conflict at this point.. if your htaccess is fresh anyhow..
@solomonsun – have you gone to:
settings -> buddypress –
then the tab near top: “pages”
scroll down to registration and see which page is selected there? tried changing it and saving it, then change again and save again perhaps?
ps- this is not the netowrk superadmin dashboard, but the regular main admin dashboard if you are in multisite setup I think.
– ” http://www.schoolhome.com.mg/” – comes up as server not found from where I am at.. so it does not seem that this url is valid / working.. if you go to that url it works somewhere? Is something on the web server locking it down where no one can access it but you.. or some other blocking system to prevent me or others from seeing your url?
You might wan agive up on buddypress – for several reasons.. cuz it doesn’t get any easier – things are going to get harder as some point.
you never posted what your htaccess file says in it.
you never ” don’t say what happened “before”. Before what ?” – explained what you changed when it stopped working.
sorry to hear it’s not working for you
what does your htaccess include in it?
switched to a default theme like 2014?
using the basic, default /register/ or whatever? (or did you chage it to something custom at some point?)
Go to settings -> permalinks – make a note of what they are set to..
change it to some else like post=1223 – click save.. then change it back to the /postname/ or whatever.. save again..
maybe the info / replies on this page would be helpful-
disclaimer, I am not a bp dev, just a long time user, and my knowledge is far from complete.
1 -each Profile / Member offered a separate gallery or media library?
This was a problem from the very beginning, and perhaps the biggest problem for bp aside from lousy filter options for the activity stream. Initially it was handled by the ‘bp-album’ plugin – which was later abandoned amidst some drama – rtmedia is kind of the standard for handling this now – but it’s bloated, important functions have gotten expensive, and it’s not well supported in core or themes – it’s terrible at keeping things separated like comments on media and galleries –
There is a new bp media like experimental thing that looks promising, and some attempts at making placeholders for bp media have been made in the past year, new hooks for bp attachment, etc. Some code has appeared on github showing a great start at possible core bp media handling – but not enough devs on that.
if you must have media with bp I suggest getting the premium “press permit core” and ask for support in limiting what other users can see in the media library. God forbid you have a problem with users trolling other users – and you have media – as you can purchase the buddyblock plugin which will prevent most abuse user to user, but it does not hook into the separate commenting system that rt-media creates. I strongly encourage you to try the other media plugin and hope that works for what you need before getting stuck with rtmedia and no way to export it’s data to something else.
2 a cap on how many Mb’s a user is allowed to upload for the total amount of media space
Wordpress has a setting for this when using multi-site setup – but I think it affects only what gets posted to the user blogs aka sites. I think rtmedia has an optional purchase-able plugin for this if you use their system to allow for the media uploads – not sure if the other competing system has such functionality.
This is a problem, and a solution should include a way for admins to look at users who have uploaded media, not just by user and space taken up, but also by date. There should be more control for deleting content with various parameters as well. I pity you if you find one day a user has uploaded 100s of photos that violate… terms.. and you have to delete each one at a time. If you find a way to handle this better with rtmedia I’d love for you to share it.
Currently I have tons of photos and videos that users have uploaded and no good way to look at or remove, aside from going profile to profile and manually checking what shows up there. A better way may exist, I have not found it yet.
3 – Why do all members have to be Authors in order to be able to Post because this was the only method that worked for me.
When you say post, that sounds like posting a post to a blog – either their own multi-site blog, or perhaps to a group blog. This is how worpdress is and is great for controlling things with blogs. If you mean a user needs to be an author in order to add to thier “activity stream” aka wall or profile or whatever, I do not think they need to be a blog author in order to do so… “What’s new” activity posts work fine without being a blog author.
4 – BuddyPress and BB Press how should I set up my .htaccess file – this should be documented somewhere around here. Wish I could tell you, I don’t have any bb press running with any buddypress installs any longer.
If you don’t want robots to crawl your site, search for forums for making buddypress private – you’ll want to lock down your site with a password required to view anything – if you really want to block bots.. if it’s just the nicer bots you are referring to, like googlebot, yahoo and bigbots – then you can setup a robots.txt with something like
but I don’t think having the main engines index your index.php is really helpful with most WP themes.. you’d probably be better with “allow /about-us/” for example.. as most wp sites I’ve worked with dont have a good ol’ index.html
your experiences may vary..
With BP you eaither have lots of time to code, or you take everything as is for the most part. Auttomatic has not funded bp well since the first dev Andy left – it’s basically abandoned like unwanted bastard child that gets (almost) no support – and has been for years. Instead depending mainly on volunteer contributors that obviously have to do other things like earn a living and pay bills.
Some great people do amazing things making bp better – I appreciate those that are making the documentation better and fighting the good fight of dealing with all the wp core changes and how they affect bp when it updates – and other work to make it better. However what is seemingly most important to many webmasters and end users may not be on the roadmap for future releases – and finding developers to mod up BP is not as easy as one may hope either.
custom fixes today may well be broken with future updates, and no one has thought about the laws in Europe for privacy and users being able to export data you have them.. all kinds of things..
consider bp a huge mix of free code that is very experimental, and in my humble opinion should be removed from the wp plugin repo if automattic is not going to fund it properly – it certainly should not be on the first page view of plugins – anyone installing it likely has no idea what can of worms they are getting into.
If you are thinking of the future and how you may need to moderate user’s uploads and such, I strongly encourage you to test out the mediapress alternative – but realize in order to get core functionality with bp right now you will have to add on a walled garden from one place or another.. without any import / export options – before you invest too much of your time and your user’s pictures and videos into silos you may never escape, you right as well look into and test out peepso (https://www.peepso.com )- as they seem to have more skin in the game and have made at least some import / export things if I remember correctly.
again, I am not a bp dev. also I have not used mediapress yet – although I would with a fresh install – rtmedia has not met my expectations, although not a total fail, it is only 60% of what it should be. I have not used peepso yet either. Just a guy that’s been running a few bp installs for a few years, and my knowledge is fuzzy at best. surely @ma.tt, others thoughts, and your mileage may vary.
“need a FTP script” – tried filezilla?
I use smart ftp more often, but filezilla is free last I checked.
ftp in, download a backup of all the files.
Don’t know what you mean by “SQL script to remove buddypress” – I would use phpmyadmin to login to your sql database, click export, custom, check ‘add drop table’ – and save a copy..
then I would go to (via ftp or file manager in cpanel) – site / wp-content/plugins
I’d rename the plugins folder to /plugins-hold – then create a new /plugins folder
at that point you should be able to login to the site if you to sitename/wp-admin/
I’d immediately check appearance – themes – change to default.. then start adding the needed plugins one by one.. if you find that enabled two plugins at once causes a problem – you probably have found the conflict.
Of course it could be a theme issue, a corrupt database, a hacked site – who knows.. but that’s what I would do.. I’m not an expert, and double check the documentation at wordpress.org for making backups. ( https://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Backups )
Hope that helps.
have you tried to see if bp emails work when the other plugins are disabled?
maybe some of things we posted about in the forums long ago may offer some clues as to where the hiccup is. I stiff refer to https://buddypress.org/support/topic/not-receiving-notification-of-new-user-registration/ on occasion.
there has been some discussion of this here: https://buddypress.org/support/topic/bussdypress-title-and-seo-yoast-problem/#post-253510
and several other places including the suggestions / feedback area amongst others.
I’ve had it fixed a time or two but updates to either bp or themes have broken my fixes.
This is something that google’s webmaster tools screams at you as being bad, and hurts your site the more members you get.
so I added a noindex no follow to the robots.txt file to remove most of the bp pages from being indexed.
what I used to fix some of these permissions issues with a bp / multi-site setup – https://wordpress.org/plugins/press-permit-core/ – not sure if this will work on the other issues mentioned – and not sure how to set things up, as this plugin had pulled in the old settings that I made with the role scoper system some time ago.
@abooster – I found a similar issue in regards to uploaded pictures and videos some time ago. It really disturbed me that it was trivial to see other people’s uploaded media within buddypress / wp -multisite.
I found at the time role scoper had a method to limit the permissions there and fix this issue on one install for me – it has since transformed into ‘press permit core’
I never bothere3d to report this, as it seemed like I’d report it to bp and it would get the whole ‘it’s not bp, it’s wp – or it’s rtmedia’s plugin problem’ – then I’d probably report it to rtmedia – and it would get a whole – thats the way bp and wp works – and although we were multi site compatible, we are not responsible for how permissions within those setups work..
and so, it’s really a problem for the bp community, but more so for those users who sign up assuming that we have good security practices like big social networks. I am guessing issues like these run afoul of the eu data privacy and protection laws, but I’m not there and don’t know enough about them.
So I just put in my terms that this is all beta software and not to post anything you don’t want exposed – there is not way any of this stuff is secure and everything could inadvertently be exposed one day even without a hack attempt.
sucks but that’s about all i can do as a user, not an expert of php or anything wp / bp / etc.
thanks for mentioning another similar issue that I had never considered – I think I had seen something like this when logged in as super admin, had not considered it may also show for non-super-admins – this sucks.
on a few sites when I want the ““Notify me of follow-up replies via email” checkbox at the bottom of my blog posts.” – I use the plugin “subscribe to comments reloaded” – from the wp plugin repo.
I run a few multi-sites, but don’t know all that much really.
And I stopped using bbpress several years ago.. however from what I understand you install bbpress as a plugin in root, not in a subdomian.. at least I’d try that in your situation, I imagine there are some docs about that somewhere.
“what should be network enabled or site enabled.” – I struggle with this sometimes, a few plugins will have info about this on their install/usage pages – many do not. Some plugins claim to work with multi-site, and some have problems (last version of succuri security did I think)
anyone know if the code mentioned here: https://buddypress.org/support/topic/option-to-sort-inbox-msgs-new-to-old/#post-244547
is similar, worse, better ?
I need this functionality, but don’t trust random github code, and don’t know enough to understand that or the code above yet.
most likely permalinks setting… check, change, check, change again… check.
if not then check your buddypress tab settings to see that associated pages are set…
when you exported your sql did you check the box for “add drop table” or whatever?
I was thinking that users don’t need to be auto-friends in order to communicate with each others – so that part of your setup is not needed.
I might auto-join them all into a group..
Hiding portions of profile depending on logged in or out / role / level, is something that has been discussed in the forums a time or twelve I think, but I do not remember a solid way of establishing such things. Honestly if the info is not something that should end up in public, then the info should be kept out of profiles / bp, and only sent via pm/on site email..
why need to view contact info, when that can be asked / sent via pm if needed.
This post may help you with this: https://buddypress.org/support/topic/swap-out-the-buddypress-page-title-with-the-wordpress-page-tile/
I have no idea if BP is going to make this easier in the future to change these things dashboard backend or not – I have made some posts about this a time or two around here – but bp pages, their displayed on screen titled, and the meta titles have been a mess for a long time. Unless you know php and are willing to dig deep through documentation that is disorganized and possible outdated, there is no easy way of handling these issues.
@dwsowash – is this JUST the groups pages, but your other pages do have stuff in the sidebar?
I assume you have widgets added to both the “primary sidebar” and “content sidebar” (?)
What screen resolution are you using? with my 2014 setup, the sidebars move / disappear at different screen sizes… so that could be an issue that you are seeing (?)
@antonydennis – So this is more of a “BBpress” question I guess – which has a different support group you may want to search at the bbpress forums.
@vintagepornbay – the BP peeps around here really want people to add big text like “NSFW” – “ADULT SITE” – when posting in regards to such things when they include links to check out things.
I guess you are talking about the login / register in the very top admin bar disappearing at mobile media query?
I am sure there is info about the admin bar and missing at mobile with 2015 theme somewhere on the net – likely in the wp org forums.. or a plugin to override that.
Rather than spend time on that.. I would suggest that you add a register / login field in the sidebar widgets.. most regular people are not going to be attracted to the login register in tiny little text way off the screen.. in my experience, even posting an image tutorial showing people how to access the login and bp hover menu – they all preferred an actual on screen menu item in top nav bar, and in the login / register sidebar..
question for you – maybe it’s just the way it’s written, but your sidebar says “Secured by McAfee SiteAdvisor and Norton Safeweb.” perhaps you mean “Secure” – not “Secured” – unless you have those systems actually doing securing?
anyhow, I see now you have some login / register stuff in your sidebar as well, and when you get to smaller screen with the 2015 theme, the whole sidebar turns into a stupid hamburger menu.
Rather than post a long list of why 2015 was one of the worst decisions of.. well, let me suggest you switch to the 2014 theme and see how it’s bars act on various sizes.. it’s not an awesome theme, but I think it behaves better for most things, and may solve the issue in which you are describing.
@mrkipling789 – I think there is a thing at top of admin screen – like “screen options” and you can click that to pull down a menu where you might be able to change the number of users / groups seen on the screen at one time (?)
@niranjanchouhan – given that sweetdate is a premium theme, you will need to contact those theme developers for support with issues like that.
In 99% of cases around here (at buddypress dot org) you will find no help with premium themes and plugins. There are many reasons for that. People posting questions about premium accounts and premium themes just waste space here and get people kind of.. not happy.
I have been looking at some options to restrict private messaging to certain groups of users, and there was a recent form post here about limited certain groups of users to a certain amount of private messaging. Which I think are great topics.. however the only options I have seen with details on doing that are premium / paid options.
If you find a free plugin or code that gets into these kinds of restrictions I’d love to see that conversation here at the BP forums.. however if you only have experience with that one theme, then I’ll pass. I’m looking for something like that that will work with multiple themes.