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With 1.6.1 you need the bbPress 2.2.2 plugin with certain settings enabled or disabled.
If you are struggling as to the right combination, have a view of our step by step video guide here:
Great news Nick!
You can see in my recent post, we fixed a similar solution for Canvas 5 from WooThemes.https://bbpress.org/forums/topic/non-functional-index-page-when-bbpress-2-1rc4-is-used-with-woothemes-canvas-5-05/
Your problem imho is that your theme is hijacking the content area in a way that prevents the new bbPress code from working. As such, the solution would be found most likely in your theme’s page.php or similar, where the default archive pages are created.
glad it was helpful 😉
While I can’t say 100% whether you need to completely reinstall, I will suggest that if you previously had selected the BuddyPress option to allow forums (the first RED FLAG in the video ;-), it created a bb-config,php file that may be the root of some troubles. In the previous video I showed folks to delete that, but in this case, it may be sufficient now to simply toggle the option “off”, save, and then re-save permalinks.
If nothing else, it won’t hurt you to try deleting that old bb-config.php file as it is no longer going to be used by BuddyPress if you use the bbPress 2.2.2+ plugin instead.
In any event, I do not think you should or will have to manually drop any tables from the db… that’s just going to lead to some troubles given how seamless the new operation works (if you follow step by step by step).
I’m going to suggest in Trac (and here) that the wording on that particular BuddyPress option be changed or even that the option be completely removed… as the way it is now written is not helpful. I admit that it even took me four or five tries before realizing that it was referring to the “old” BuddyPress forums, even though the wording says “bbPress”.
Please watch and follow this step by step video guide on the new bbPress and BuddyPress versions. I guarantee it will help sort out your questions. If any remain, I’m happy to help you further
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or advice
We’ve found and verified this bug, and have a solution. Easiest way to see it is to watch our video at:
In sum: When doing a default BuddyPress / bbPress install, the original bb-config.php file needs to be deleted, and then toggle the “allow group forums” checkbox in the Settings/BuddyPress setup menu, followed finally by going and choosing to “install group forums” (again) in Settings/BuddyPress/Forums menu. All easy to see step by step in this video.