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Thank you again for your posts and advice. It is very much appreciated.
I read more documentation and re-read your posts, and I have taken two steps so far, however I have hit a wall with what to do next.
Here is what I did:
1) Created a child theme following all instructions from the official WordPress Codex (https://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes), loaded the style.css file to my child theme’s directory, and successfully activated my child theme.
2) Made a copy of the parent theme’s “page.php” file and renamed it “buddypress.php” and placed it in my child theme’s directory.
For the next step, are you suggesting I only need to make some edits to the “buddypress.php” file until I achieve my desired results? I noticed in mercime’s post assisting the user in making the BP pages all have full width for my theme, that mercime recommended taking a copy of the “header.php” file and renaming it to “header-buddypress.php” as well as creating a new blank “sidebar-buddypress.php” file, and adding some code to each file. Do you think I would need to do something similar for my situation for having the right sidebar appear (versus having the pages be full width as mercime figured out?) Or would I only need to modify the one “buddypress.php” file to achieve my results?
Thank you again!
To answer your P.S. question, no the theme is not BuddyPress ready. It’s a regular WordPress theme. I just really liked the way it looked for my website, and I was unable to find a BuddyPress enabled theme that fit the style I was looking for.
Thank you for the quick response! My apologies, I thought I read a comment by a moderator from a previous post that said not to follow the instructions about 1.7.1, but I was mistaken.
When you say to follow the 1.7 steps, I assume you mean the information contained in this codex: https://codex.buddypress.org/theme-development/theme-compatibility-1-7/a-quick-look-at-1-7-theme-compatibility/
If not, can you list the codex that contains this information, or can you recommend any other BuddyPress Codex you feel would help if I read?
The user “mercime” helped another user get BuddyPress to work on the theme I purchased, but it was using the BP Template Pack, which I know I cannot obtain anymore with BuddyPress 1.8.1. Those instructions were in this post https://buddypress.org/support/topic/resolved-problem-with-adjusting-code-to-fit-theme-modernize/
Thank you again for your help!