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    I’ve been working on converting my wife’s fan site for a band from a single wordpress magazine style theme over to buddypress to try to give more community interaction. I’ve been following and reading buddypress news for the last 6 months at least and we still haven’t launched because it seems like every time we get moving, some great features get added that make us need to wait for that. But i digress…

    I have a few features that I’m trying to accomplish for the site and i want to find out if i’m the only one that has looked for these, or if i’m just not finding how to do them anywhere.

    1. We imported our userlist from the old site over to the new wpmu/bp installation so that their users are already there and they can login immediately. in the event that some of them used their real names or email addresses as their usernames and don’t really want that listed in the member directory, is there any way to allow users to “hide” and not be listed in the member directory? We imported almost 1300 users and it would be nice to let the majority of them use their existing credentials but for the few that never wanted their username to be publicly listed, I’d hate to cause problems. I’ve loaded Jeff’s privacy plugin but that still doesn’t allow hiding from the member directory.

    2. we’ve modified the cosmic buddy theme, which is a widgetized theme, for use for the member blogs following the tutorial by pulling out the home.php with the rest. This seems to work well but I wanted to know if anyone knows of a way to “force” a particular widget to show up automatically on all created blogs? We’re using the group blog plugin but since we’re not using the bp default theme, we can’t use the theme it came with. The blog template seems to work well except that their is a sidebar in the theme and if someone creates a new group blog, until we find out that the blog is there, it’s going to show that it needs widgets added. We’d also like to “force” some widgets like recent comments and some ad blocks in there. Is there a way to do this or is it better to just hack the member theme some more and pull out the sidebar and hard code what we need in there?

    3. by these questions, it should be obvious that we’re pretty new to php and learning things. We’ve found that there are some bp themes that have great member profile pages that include things like their albums, their wire, and other info on that page. The cosmic buddy theme really only lists the wire on the page with the rest relying on navigating through the menu. Does anyone know of any tutorials to customize the profile page to pull in things from the other pages/plugins? For instance, we have the bb-picture album plugin from Manoj Kumar. If we want the gallery to show on the profile page, would that be hacking the profile page and just pulling in the code we need from the other pages?

    4. If I’m trying to make this a really user friendly site, does anyone know of any other front ends for wp other than posthaste? I really love the p2 theme that was mentioned in the other thread but we really need more of a magazine style theme so that won’t quite work and we are really trying to keep the theme consistent across all blogs rather than using something like p2 theme for the member blogs while using another for the home blog. I’ve already loaded posthaste and got it working but I haven’t found anything that includes the ability to insert images like the new front end on the p2 theme. would it be easier (and/or legal/ethical) to pull out the front end from someone else’s theme and import that into the current theme or would it be easier to find someone to assist with adding the insert image feature to the posthaste plugin on my site?

    5.Also, I know that this isn’t the right place to ask for questions on someone else’s theme, but is anyone using that theme that would know how to pull out the nav bar on my sub blogs? By converting the buddypress theme to a blog theme, it still leaves the nav bar alone so if my site is at and i have a group blog at, the nav bar still shows the home, blog, members, forums, etc but all of those are all wrong because they point to, etc. Is it possible/easy to create a global nav bar so that on all the sub blogs, the members/groups links all point back to the main blog or is it easier to just pull it out?

    Thanks for any and all answers you can give me on these features.

    D Cartwright

    @Boone Gorges

    Initially I wanted to have the wiki pages privacy completely controlled by the group privacy level but unfortunately we have a need to be able to ‘unhide’ individual wiki pages so in the implementation we’re working on pages will be individually controlled via the group wiki admin page.


    As stated above, I completely agree. Whilst the work we’re doing at the moment will involve mediawiki I think it’s highly likely that I’ll simultaneously (though at a much slower pace) work on something similar to you’re describing in your last post.


    well there are members plugins that wont allow the nav to show if the member isnt logged in, one is user access manager – you can specify pages to not show all together, in nav as well – would this work?


    There are other platforms and have tried a few myself. As new as the bp platform is, it is by far the quickest out of the box that enables much of what you need already (together with wpmu). However other platform might offer more fine grained control, but it comes with a hefty learning curve as the platform is simply more complex. The upside to bp’s less complex architecture makes it also easier to develop for.

    I’ll see if I can give some input on your requirements.

    The main feature is an easy and somewhat restrictive way to post content. The only thing girls can publish is pictures of outfits, and then tag the clothes (describe, tag, categorize…).

    It looks like you need a custom content type that omits the post message. Flutter allows you to create a specific post type. I haven’t tried it with wpmu. There is also a wpmu plugin called ‘toggle_meta_boxes’ which allows you to hide unneeded post boxes to make it super easy for your users to just upload content.

    We want to have some level of control here. BTW not all users can upload content.

    Since you only have one subject users post on I would recommend NOT giving every user a blog at sign up, but just let them post to the main blog. Keeps you in control over categories, tags, etc. Plus it lets you control the user level. I however you do want to give users a blog there are wpmu plugins which allow you to set blog defaults like categories, predefined pages and posts and such. Also you can make new blog users have an editor role rather than an admin role if you want to control what they can or can not do.

    The content published by everyone goes to the main page, same of today.

    This is done by buddypress through widgets or even custom loops if you are adventurous.

    No problem there.

    People con vote their fabs.

    I haven’t looked at this, but I imagine there would be a wp plugin which would let users vote on posts. If you can find a vote plugin that serves an RSS feed you could pull that into the bp user profile. EVen link it to the activity stream with a small custom plugin.

    When user is logged in, she sees the content of the girls she is following (not pictures of everyone, just pictures of the ones that inspire the user).

    In bp through making friends with other users you can follow the activity of your friends only. At the moment the activity stream is text only, afaik, but I think images in the activity stream is in the pipeline?

    User profile is built by the outfits she publishes

    The profile page shows the latest activity, blog posts, wire messages, etc. of the profiles user.

    and the outfits she favorites.

    This is the most dificult part, since I haven’t looked into it. Assuming you can find a good vote/favorite plugin it should be doable.

    You can search for/discover/subscribe to trends, types of clothes, styles, colors, people…

    This is where bp shines as the search is very well done. Combine it with bp_contents plugin which allows your users to tag themselve, groups, blog and add categories…your archiving possibilities are endless.

    Some pitfalls (already mentioned):

    Privacy controls, inappropriate content flagging (is coming in 1.1 though), it is still not an out of the box solution (however for you requirements there is none that I can think of).

    There are still even other approaches when I think about it, I would recommend wp and bp in a heartbeat. Especially since the backend of both are really solid. Plugins are installed and upgraded easily. It is a widely supported and growing platform and would not hesitate to recommend it to you.

    I hope this helps a little bit.


    After upgrading to BuddyPress 1.0, I can’t seem to get rid of the option and user bars on the directory pages for member, group and blogs.

    Sample of 1.0 with error:

    What it should look like on rc 1.0

    1.0 code for: wp-content/plugins/buddypress/bp-core/bp-core-templatetags.php for lines 676 through 711 is:

    <?php } ?>


    do_action( ‘bp_nav_items’ );


    function bp_custom_profile_boxes() {

    do_action( ‘bp_custom_profile_boxes’ );


    function bp_custom_profile_sidebar_boxes() {

    do_action( ‘bp_custom_profile_sidebar_boxes’ );


    function bp_get_userbar( $hide_on_directory = true ) {

    global $bp;

    if ( $hide_on_directory && $bp->is_directory )

    return false;

    include_once( TEMPLATEPATH . ‘/userbar.php’ );


    function bp_get_optionsbar( $hide_on_directory = true ) {

    global $bp;

    if ( $hide_on_directory && $bp->is_directory )

    return false;

    include_once( TEMPLATEPATH . ‘/optionsbar.php’ );


    function bp_is_directory() {

    global $bp;

    return $bp->is_directory;


    This all looks right to me. I don’t understand why this is not hiding the optionbar and userbar on the directory pages for member, group and blog pages?

    I’ve been staring at this until I’m blue in the face. Does anyone have any ideas on why the optionbar and userbar are not hidden on these pages?


    I use it as substitute for default BP members widget. Mainly because without any code changes:

    1. I can choose avatars size in px

    2. Simple link avatars to blogs, their websites, member pages

    3. There is possibility to chooce Sorting order (by posts number, registration date, login name, name display, user id…)

    4. You can hide users by inserting their id

    5. Choose to show users from selected blogs

    6. Group by blogs

    7. there are more features

    I think it’s quite useful for those who don’t have much experience with loop and need simple customization widget.

    Thanks bforchhammer to here is Changeset 118704 with possibility link avatars to bp member page.


    Do we know where Andy would be adding the hide function?


    There’s a new post regarding skeleton theme, He states, “So in looking through the skeleton theme I noticed something strange.

    I am wondering why the ‘Activity’, ‘Profile’, ‘Wire’, and ‘Friends’ items do not work from the optionsbar?”

    response, “It looks like the options bar is showing up on the directory pages when it shouldn’t – most likely because I forgot to add a hide function. All the other pages are working fine. I will update this.”

    For the pages i’m referring to i have the same problem, the options bar that shows up on these pages (not user bars links to same sections) links go to “The page you were looking for was not found.”

    I’m thinking the solution for that would be the same for me?

    Andy Peatling

    It looks like the options bar is showing up on the directory pages when it shouldn’t – most likely because I forgot to add a hide function. All the other pages are working fine. I will update this.


    I was wondering if this is what you guys were looking for:

    The plugin gives you control of what menus are turned on site-wide for each member. Well, it’s kind of a “global” thing right now, but it seems to take care of disabling back-end menus.

    Here’s the description of the plugin:

    “….If, like me, you need to hide the Themes or Import Menu, or don’t want anyone messing with their Permalinks menu, or are frightened by the Delete Blog menu, this plugin will help.

    Toggles the following in WPMU 2.7

    ‘Site Administrator Gets Limited Menus?’,


    ‘Posts Add New’,

    ‘Posts Edit’,

    ‘Posts Tags’,

    ‘Posts Categories’,


    ‘Links Add New’,

    ‘Links Edit’,

    ‘Links Link Categories’,


    ‘Pages Add New’,

    ‘Pages Edit’,


    ‘Media Add New’,

    ‘Media Library’,



    ‘Appearance Themes’,


    ‘Users Authors and Users’,

    ‘Users Add New’,

    ‘Users Your Profile’,


    ‘Tools Import’,

    ‘Tools Export’,

    ‘Tools Turbo’,


    ‘Settings General’,

    ‘Settings Writing’,

    ‘Settings Reading’,

    ‘Settings Discussion’,

    ‘Settings Privacy’,

    ‘Settings Permalinks’,

    ‘Settings Media’,

    ‘Settings Miscellaneous’,

    ‘Settings Delete Blog’,

    ‘WPMU Media Buttons’,

    ‘WP Media Buttons’,


    If you use other plugins to add/disable/hide admin menus, there will be collisions/errors. Happy testing!

    Plugins adding menu pages to WPMU 2.7 Adminbar may not be hidden in all browsers.

    Favorites menu items toggle as well….”


    No. Here\’s some code from the plugin:

    ‘/* Hide the Dashboard link (2.5+) and the Tools menu (2.7) */

    function wphd_hide_dashboard() {

    global $menu, $current_user;

    if (!current_user_can(‘edit_posts’)) {

    if (0 <= wphd_hide_dashboard_version(‘2.6’)) {


    } else if (0 >= wphd_hide_dashboard_version(‘2.7’)) {







    I\’d remove \’unset($menu[4]);\’ and \’55\’ and see what happens. Someone who better understands programming may be able do add/edit this to get what you want.

    The plugin is from Kim Parsell. Perhaps you can convince her to expand it and make it more modular.


    The WP Hide Dashboard plugin may help.


    By backend menus for WP, do you mean you want to totally remove access to the wp-admin area?

    This has been a common request by others as well, especially if you have blogs turned off and are trying to hide it completely for subscribers.

    If you’re saying that each member still has a blog, but you want them to be able to create new blog posts and manage their blogs through the buddypress interface, that still is not a possibility, and would require an additional plugin (in my opinion) that does not yet (and may never) exist with BP…

    It is possible to setup default widgets for blogs, it’s a little tricky though. Also, in order to setup a default member blog, I’ve found the best way to do that is to only give them one option and only have one theme turned on the Site-Admin->Themes area. There may be a way to force a default theme, but I’ve never attempted it yet.


    same problem here, on wp mu 2.7,
    plus after having ‘runned’ that file twice with same alert.wp-admin/admin.php?page=bp-xprofile/admin-mods/bp-xprofile-account-tab.php (just to see what happen)

    homepage (on ‘root’+ BuddyPress Home Theme) did appear without most of the previously selected widgets (only the center/middle coloum did ‘survive’).

    funnily, so to speak, on the widgets board them appear deactivated,

    the “self-deactivated” widgets (after the double run of ‘ bp-xprofile-account-tab.php ‘ or incidentally at the same time but for other unknown reasons)

    • Welcome
    • Members
    • Who’s Online
    • Site Wide Activity
    • Recent Blog Posts
    • Groups

    so all dinamic related plugs

    Unafected widgets,in the Homepage, as this matter did possibily trigger homepage only (apparently)

    • pages
    • Recent post
    • Calendar
    • Search
    • Archives

    I’ve reactivated the ‘rebels’ widgets on their original position, content and setting
    were not affected by this incident

    I will hide (//) that string, even if I’m quite sure that function was working up to this morning, when I had All in One SEO , Google XML Sitemaps , and Post to SimpleMachines Forum SMF plugin already working

    I did a back up before to install:Add to Any: Share/Save/Bookmark Button- AJAX Comment Preview -OpenID – and SEO Smart Links,so I’m going to deactivate theese latests plug
    and see what happen backing up of 4-5 hors.

    please read this post as feedback.
    cheers 🙂

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