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    Dear @danbp

    Maybe i should explain more detail. And what i want to do…I really must solve this future of my project 🙂 Sorry long sentences really sorry

    BP update via what’s new form and add embed is working. No problem.
    Our members can create new post (food) with toolset types on frontend. They can add image or video or custom fields. when anyone visit and click food 1 and open new window and Ok can see everything. At the moment, this published new post displaying on buddypress activity (also can added filter with bp-custom.php)… Buddypress activity display all kind food post body such as if there is only text show text, if there are text+image, ok BP activity show this also… At the moment, if only text and no image but author add featured image, well BP also show text+this featured image on activity stream… But never show video on activity stream if its in post body…

    I dont undestand (because i am copypaste coode user) how can BP update via add form can show embed video but not display video from custom post embed? No way to solve this?

    Why? Because my member want to see video on activity stream before visit this post. BP just show MRx Published new Food..

    If i use Visual composer (extension add on pluging) features add youtube video to post, yes this is showing embed video on buddypress activity.But this is problem because when anyone click bp show filter and turn back another filter (comment to post, or post to updates or group updates), visual composer short codes broken and display like this [vc]textblock[vc]. If refresh page, yes eveything normal, so my theme remove shortcodes from visual composer.

    Thanks for giving your time…


    Hi again – @danbp, this code doesn’t seem to be working anymore, so the ‘What’s New?’ box is now showing again. I’ve downloaded new copies of the files you said to edit and removed the same lines of code but no change.
    Can you confirm which lines of code to remove please? ….to remove what’s new form from the activity page, but let it live for groups.
    Many thanks.


    OK, I’m becoming a bit more familiar with BP, so now want to tackle your recommended code above. Just a quick question for you @danbp first: when you said…

    Here is a solution to remove what’s new form from the activity page, but let it live for groups.

    Can you confirm that means that all users can still post comments in all group threads, but removes that option in their profile section? ie. forcing all comments/activity to be via the Groups? – as per my original aim?

    And if so, why do I have to do both edits to achieve this?

    Sorry to be a pain, but we’re about to go live and I don’t want to mess it up now!



    >> text above the status update box that says something like “What’s New?” so members know to click in there.

    >> I would like to know how to get that back?

    @39images @bphelp for that specific item

    1. create a new folder named buddypress in your active WP theme

    2. within that buddypress folder you created, create a folder named activity

    3. download and place it in your new activity folder like so:

    4. Open up post-form.php. On line 21 insert

    5. Add the following to your theme’s stylesheet:
    #whats-new-form p {
    margin-left: 70px;


    Hi everybody,

    Sorry for the subject – not enough room to describe what this is all about. I’m having issues with the way BuddyPress converts/displays date/time in various places. I have read everything I can find here on, but nothing has been helpful so far.

    Here is the summary

    * WP: 3.4.2
    * BP: 1.6.1

    * Server setting for date/time is ok
    * Straight WP handling of date/time is ok (i.e. new posts have the correct date/time, etc)
    * date/time is stored at the DB in GMT in all cases (this date/time is always correct in GMT)

    * date/time is converted properly based on timezone for the BuddyPress Group forum topic itself. i.e. “user said 5 days, 8 hours ago:” – this is correct. (-5 for me .. EST)

    * date/time seems to be converted twice (-10) for the corresponding BuddyPress Activity Stream record as seen by the end user

    * date/time is not converted at all for the same Activity Stream record when viewed via WP Admin. i.e. the time is straight GMT from the DB.

    Here are the details:

    1). From what I can tell (I used shared hosting), the Centos Linux box that hosts my site has the date/time set correctly.

    I asked them to issue the date command and send the result. What they provided was the result when logging into the box via SSH. i.e. “Sun Jan 27 10:45:24 CST 2013″. The server is hosted somewhere in the CST timezone, and the date/time was correct at the time this info was sent.

    2). I am in the EST time zone. My WP general/settings/timezone is set to Montreal.

    3). When I publish a WP Post (for example) everything is fine. The “published on” date/time is correct (in local / EST / Montreal time). In fact, everything to do with straight WP date/time related handling is fine. BuddyPress is a different story!

    4). BuddyPress: When someone sends a private message, the time on the received email is one hour behind. I assume this can be explained by the CST server time and the EST timezone I’ve chosen in WP Settings/General/timezone. I can live with this – Or could change the timezone to the server timezone (chicago / CST).

    This is where it gets interesting.

    5). BuddyPress: When somebody creates or adds to a topic in BuddyPress Group Forum, the date/time is also correct. i.e. “username said n seconds ago” is 1 second after the update is made. OK.. But, the corresponding Activity entry shows 5 hours and 1 second ago. i.e. 5 hours in the past!

    Looking at the Activity Table record via phpMyAdmin, the date is stored in GMT (i.e. + 5 hours as I am in EST).

    Looking at the Topics Table record via phpyMyAdmin, the date is exactly the same – i.e. stored in GMT.

    So, when the forum topic is displayed, it’s doing a proper conversion from GMT to local time (-5), but the Activity Stream page seems to be doing the conversion twice, and I end up with -10 hours from the stored time in GMT.

    6). BuddyPress: Of course, when somebody just posts something to the activity stream, it always shows up as “username said 5 hours and n seconds ago” also. i.e. a -10 conversion from the stored db time which is in GMT.

    7). BuddyPress: Finally, when looking at the Activity via WP Admin, the date/time on each entry is straight out of the DB – i.e. GMT time – No local time conversion at all!

    If anybody can make sense of what’s going on, I’d really appreciate it! I will provide any information that you need and access to the system if required.

    Best regards,

    NOTE: I replied to another topic with these same questions here:

    I’m not try to post this all over the place, I just want to make sure it’s in the right place!

    Roger Coathup

    In the default setup your update form action would go to ‘’, which is then intercepted by the activity action functions, processed (i.e. the new update is added), and redirected back to the original activity screen.

    In your case, your theme would appear to be not coded correctly (or less likely a clash with one of your plugins) — you should raise a support question with your theme designer.


    I’m facing a huge problem!
    Whenever i tried to create a new forum it showed me an error
    “error when creating a new topic”
    It created for certain groups but couldnt create for others and newly formed groups.. I tried all
    1.Delete groupmeta
    2.Deactivate and reactivate forums and nothing seemed to work!!!
    I queried these lines in the db
    “SELECT *
    FROM wp_bp_groups_groupmeta
    WHERE meta_key = ‘forum_id’
    LIMIT 0 , 30?
    It returned
    “import.php: Missing parameter: import_type
    import.php: Missing parameter: format”

    Well i read about bb-config.php
    and i found that the details didnt match with wp-config!
    I changed but it still didnt work even after making them match and then deactivate and reactivate forums again!!!
    I now deleted bb-config and tried to re-install forums and i noticed a funny thing here,it shows that i donot have sufficient permissions to install!!!
    “You do not have sufficient permissions to access this page.”
    What’s going on with my BP???
    Any ideas anyone please???
    Am not sleeping since two weeks,just going mad at this!!!


    dl the zip untill it’s added to the respiratory – Buddypress UX

    I just uploaded a theme I created focused on enhancing the user experience – 3 column layout: multiple sidebars allowing for relative content to context, zebra activity styling, an enhanced logged-in widget and more.. The theme serves to be a base to work from and learn from whilst offering an alternative to the buddypress default theme.

    A special thanks to r-a-y, hnla, DJPaul, dwenaus, modemlooper and boonebgorges for helping me problem solve and furthering my skill set over the past two years. The theme is a ‘response’ to the post I read earlier today. Screw this..: people often forget that these people help us out of their ‘own time’, buddypress is community driven and we should, how ever we can, give back to the community. Sorry if I have left anyone out.

    Let’s hope it gets approved. I hope to get feedback/criticism on how the theme could be improved. In the mean time you can read the below.

    What’s been changed in the theme?

    The theme has been customized for a better user experience, there are a lot of small changes and I will try to list them all.

    -added multiple sidebars: home/index, activities, members, groups, forums, blog.
    -added a smaller header and content padder for the following pages; so users can focus on the task at hand, also removed the sidebars: registration page, create groups page.
    -added zebra styled activity streams for better readability*
    note there is an issue with IE
    -customized the logged-in widget with some added functionality, previously located in the buddypress default sidebar ( sidebar.php ). This was done to improve ‘user navigation’.
    -customized the activity form ( what’s new *user* ).
    -added a ‘change avatar’ link to a members profile, ( ../members/single/member-header.php ). This is only visable by the ‘profile owner’.

    Themes intended purpose

    This theme has been created to allow ‘new comers’ to Buddypress to have a bit more of a variety and a base to work from ( being a child theme of the buddypress default theme ) whilst maybe learning a thing or two – as the theme is well documented ( readme.txt ).
    Along with the above, I have tried to create a theme where by the user experience is better enhanced, allowing for better usability and readability.

    To do

    -fix the issue with the zebra styled activity streams not showing in IE.
    -fix a issue where by if the content area is ‘shorter’ than the sidebars ( being ‘taller’ from widgets ), the content boarder breaks.
    -remove unnecessary ‘pages’ and clean up the css.


    I’d like to do away with the “What’s New?” label, and instead display it inside the textarea of the post form as hint text, so that when the textarea receives focus, the text disappears, and when the textarea loses focus or is empty, the text reappears.

    So far, this is what I’ve come up with, based on a script I often use for the search form on WP client sites. The markup:

    <textarea name="whats-new" id="whats-new" cols="50" rows="10">@ What’s new?</textarea>

    The jq script:

    var active_color = '#333';
    var inactive_color = '#888';
    $("textarea#whats-new").css("color", inactive_color);
    var default_values = new Array();
    $("textarea#whats-new").focus(function() {
    if (!default_values[]) {
    default_values[] = this.value;
    if (this.value == default_values[]) {
    this.value = ''; = active_color;
    $(this).blur(function() {
    if (this.value == '') { = inactive_color;
    this.value = default_values[];

    It seems to be working great, except when an update is posted (ajax) the form reappears empty (ie. no hint text). when the form next gets a click (ie. focus set and then blurred) the hint text reappears. I’d like the hint text to populate the textarea after an update is posted, but I’m not very knowledgeable about ajax, and unsure if it’s possible. Any suggestions?


    Here’s the Info you need:

    Thank you Paul for responding but answer the questions in detail here:
    1. Which version of WP/MU are you running? Answer: WP 3.01
    2. Did you install WP/MU as a directory or subdomain install? Answer: Using it on my main domain
    3. If a directory install, is it in root or in a subdirectory?
    4. Did you upgraded from a previous version of WP/MU? If so, from which version? Answer: when it says upgrade I click that. So I guess it supdated.
    5. Was WP/MU functioning properly before installing/upgrading BuddyPress (BP)? e.g. permalinks, creating a new post, commenting. Answer: Yes
    6. Which version of BP are you running? Answer: It says..Buddy press
    7. Did you upgraded from a previous version of BP? If so, from which version? Answer: Every time it says update I always click that…So maybe..??
    8. Do you have any plugins other than BuddyPress installed and activated? If so, which ones? Answer: Buddy press, Live journey importer, akismet, fast secure contact form 0.2, OPML Importer 0.2, Post video player slideshow and photo gallery 1.79, Rss Importer, simple social sharing widgets and incons 0.2, Word Press Importer version 0.2 and WP Touch
    9. Are you using the standard BuddyPress themes or customized themes? Answer: Standard
    10. Have you modified the core files in any way? Answer: I don’t think so…Didn’t touch anything…Just beginning to do this…
    11. Do you have any custom functions in bp-custom.php? Answer: I don’t think so
    12. If running bbPress, which version? Or did your BuddyPress install come with a copy of bbPress built-in? Answer: Using is my web host part of their menu control panel comes with concrete5 and under concrete5 I installed buddy press…Then that’s all I did
    13. Please provide a list of any errors in your server’s log files. Answer: The only problem I’m having is nobody can “create an account” or cannot register…And of course no email was sent for verification and account is obviously not created..
    14. Which company provides your hosting?
    15. Is your server running Windows, or if Linux; Apache, nginx or something else? My server is running? I’m using century link previously Sprint…Mozilla fox and Explorer…Windows XP

    So I guess I answered all the questions…That’s all I did…And can’t create an account…I did it to test the application…Now go to my website create an account and see what’s going on…my email:….Thank you!


    You have to create a new language file or edit the template file post-form.php. If you edit theme files you need to create a child theme so your changes do not get erased when upgrading BP.

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