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A couple of issues, am I missing something?

  • pecosdave


    First of all, I can’t give you a link, I’m building this on a VM and fixing it before deploying it, it’s only accessible on the host machine at the moment, not even other machines on the local LAN can see it at the moment.

    Wordpress Version 4.9.8
    Buddypress Version 3.1.0
    Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS (GNU/Linux 4.15.0-32-generic x86_64)
    nginx version: nginx/1.14.0 (Ubuntu)
    Custom CommunityVersion: 2.1.2

    I’m a veteran IT guy. I’ve dabbled in web off and on over the years, but I don’t qualify as a proper webmaster, I’m attempting to create a private FaceBook replacement to try to get my family off of that platform.

    I’ve been quite happy with what I’ve seen so far, but I’m beginning to wonder if I’m missing a library, framework, or something similar in my Linux install that I need. I’ve been looking for the problems I’m experiencing in various forums and searches but not finding the same errors. (I don’t ask for help until I’ve done my basics) Save for the errors outlined below I’m about ready to roll this thing out.

    I’ve duplicated these problems on multiple themes, so I really don’t think they’re theme related, but if you can suggest a “safe” theme I’ll check.

    First of all – Groups.

    Groups are working – mostly. When I create a group another user can request to join the group, the failure happens when I click accept or reject in both cases I get a message saying the link has expired. As an admin I can add other users to the groups, but the ability of users to create and add/reject on their own is broken. Any search I do for this problem usually has a bunch of results having to do with installing themes and nothing to do with groups.


    Plugin Problem – BP Better Messages. This plugin is unusable – but has great reviews and the BuddyPress name attached to it. It looks like it’s going to work, but I am unable to create new threads. It pulls up the other users messaging page, but no message types at all can be created. Also, no one else seems to be reporting this issue, which is why I’m leaning towards a missing library or framework.

    Final Problem – an annoyance:

    The notification counter – it stays at 1 and I can’t seem to “view” the last item on the notifier, on any user.

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  • shanebp


    You can switch to a WP theme like 2016 or 2017 – iow. ‘safe’.
    All plugins should work with a WP theme.
    So momentarily switching to a WP theme will provide hints re whether the issue is in your theme or a plugin.

    Your issues are too specific to your setup for you to get more then general suggestions here.

    Try to get some specifics: Debugging_in_WordPress



    Thanks for the help, the Query Monitor seems infinitely helpful. I’ve been chasing down an OPcache error it keeps telling me about but doesn’t seem to be a big deal. Net result, I’ve gotten OPCache to work verified at the PHP level by the fact I enabled it and it didn’t bomb out due to a misconfigure.

    I keeping getting “non-numerical value” php errors, but they don’t seem to be a real issue. When I examine the code, words like “left” and “right” aren’t numerical, but they seem to trigger the error.

    Loading the “safe” themes seem to do nothing, I had the exact same results with 2017.

    I’m seriously considering making note of what plugins I have, wiping the whole install and doing it from scratch. As I mentioned, I’m good at IT work in general but I’m new to this. I played with a lot of themes and plugins before getting to where I am now, a clean slate may be just what I need. I can even stick with the default theme and get what I want now.

    (BTW – Nginx is new to me also, I used Apache when I played with other systems in the past)



    I just now noticed the “notification counter” thingy on this site isn’t working right either – it’s still telling me about @shanebp replying to my original post and pretending I haven’t seen it two replies in.



    Since you can create a VM, you don’t need to wipe the current install – just spin up a new one++ from scratch.

    btw – A lot of WP people use VVV on localhost.

    Lastly – you didn’t mention your hosting solution – but most providers now offer WP configs or default to it. Assuming most or all of your issues are related to your VM setup, then those issues will melt when you push to production.



    My “wipe” is just of the www directory. Messing with Nginx and getting PHP working on it isn’t something I want to duplicate unless I have to. Even if I move to some genuine metal I intend to copy my /etc/config directories over to the other system. I’m just going to copy the www directory to somewhere else, delete, and do WordPress and the plugins from scratch. Now that I have a solid idea of what I want and how to get there I should be able to do it more “cleanly” and see if that makes a difference. I must have installed and removed 100 plugins, who knows what kind of mess that left.

    I haven’t decided on hosting yet – I may host it from my own cable access at home. I used to do a lot of my own hosting, but modern ISPs tend to make it more difficult. I have a buddy offering me some server space, I don’t know if it will be on a VMWare host (likely knowing him) or if I’m going to get some actual metal in a rack – also likely with him. If he host it I’m getting a minimum 2GB link.

    That VVV link you gave me might be just what I need. The “What do you get” section has a list of things that seem to be important, I might just make sure I have them all. Obviously I have some of them, but the ones I don’t might be the difference between “member added” and “page expired”.



    Well, wiped the www directory, gave it a clean database, removed the two default plugins and only installed Buddy Press, same error on group acceptance. As far as WordPress/BuddyPress is concerned that should have been a brand new system.

    At least now I know it’s likely a system level issue, OR I’m the canary in the coal mine since I’m running new everything and the working hosts haven’t been updated yet.

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