Additional info from WP Engine: You’ll need to reach out to Buddy press to let them know that when you have your Buddypress plug-in active you receive an error stating [COLLATION ‘utf8mb4_unicode_ci’ is not valid for CHARACTER SET ‘utf8″] Select content COLLATE utf8mb4 . When you deactivate the plug-in the error goes away. I’ve also attached a screenshot to share with them. You’ll want to find out through them what could be causing this error as it only occurs when their plug-in is active.
Thanks Henry, I tried that last night to no avail. I just changed my hosting to FlyWheel, a WP managed host and I’m wondering if it has something to do with the changeover. I’m about to change again to WP Engine and hoping that the problem might disappear again. But open to any other suggestions.