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BP 1.0.3 and bbPress – Which version, plugins & cookies

  • TheEasyButton


    Which version of bbPress are we suppose to use for BP 1.0.3?

    Do we need to use the buddypress-enable plugin?

    Has anyone integrated the latest versions of wpmu, bp & bb with a fresh install?

    If you do have group discussions working & users integrated, (fresh install or not) what cookie settings are you using & what other codes have you added to the wp and bb-config files? And are you running it on localhost?

    Thanks in advance!!

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  • carinallc


    +1 on the topic. We’ve given up at this point as we can’t deploy anything other than the latest, non-beta releases.



    I have been able to successfully install and configure the following as a clean installation:

    WordPress MU 2.8.1

    bbPress 1.0.1

    BuddyPress 1.0.3

    I will post a *rough* outline of the steps for the installation. My installation is on a test server (Mac running php 5.3.0 under xampp ??? beta)

    You need to get WordPress 2.8.1 and bbPress login integration working successfully first.

    I’ll try and duplicate the installation and then post instructions. It should be relatively straightforward once you know the tricks.



    Unfortunately, I’m having trouble duplicating the installation.

    For my sucessful installation, bbPress presented me with a “dropdown” list allowing me to select the keymaster user. I then picked my WordPress admin user. It all worked well from there.

    For the duplicate installation the bbPress installer shows text fields for entering the “keymaster” user details.

    This process is painful!

    Rohan Kapoor


    If it does that, just create a new user as keymaster with another email. Login, integrate, change settings on your admin user to make him keymaster. logout, login as new user. Delete first keymaster! Life’s Good!



    I have finally been able to duplicate the installation.

    Here’s a relatively complete set of steps for guidance. This took me several hours to prepare and it can be easy to make a stupid error along the way. Just take it slow.

    These steps are for WordPress MU 2.8.1, bbPress 1.0.1 and buddyPress 1.0.3.

    1. Download and install WordPress MU 2.8.1

    2. Install the “bbPress Integration” plugin version 1.0 via the “Plugins” -> “Add New” menu of your wordpress mu installation.

    In the search box enter ‘bbPress Integration” and click “Search Plugins”.

    Click the “Install” link for the “bbPress Integration” version 1.0 plugin.

    Click the orange “Install Now” button.

    Click the “Activate Plugin” link.

    3. Download and install bbPress 1.0.1 in a sub-directory of your wordpress installation.

    I chose the sub-directory “/forums/”.

    4. Load up the bbPress installation script by going to http://<yourdomain>/forums/

    5. Click “Go to step 1”.

    6. Enter the database name, database user and database password that you used for your wordpress installation.

    You will not usually need to click “Show advanced settings”.

    7. Click “Save database configuration file”.

    You should see a message “Your settings have been saved to the file bb-config.php. You can now continue to the next step.”

    8. Click “Go to step 2”.

    9. Next you add the integration settings. This is the important part!

    – click “Add integration settings”

    – click “Add cookie integration settings”

    – you will be presented with a list of eight text entry fields

    – the first two are for your wordpress and blog url. For each of these enter your exact urls. I just used the same value for each. They need to commence with http://

    – for all the cookie values just enter “COMMENT OUT”. These will become reference points in the bbpress config file for later.

    10. Click “Add user database integration settings”. This step is also important!

    Leave the existing value in the “User database table prefix” field.

    Enter the WordPress Primary blog id value “1” – THIS IS IMPORTANT.

    11. Click “Save WordPress integration settings”

    If all is well you should see this message.

    Your WordPress integration cookie and database settings have been successfully validated. They will be saved after the next step.

    Once you have finished installing, you should visit the WordPress integration section of the bbPress admin area for further options and integration instructions, including user mapping and the correct cookie settings to add to your WordPress configuration file.

    12. Click “Go to step 3”.

    – enter your site name

    – enter your site url. I entered the url to the forums including the http://


    – select the “admin” user for your wordpress installation

    – enter a name for your first forum e.g. “Announcements”

    13. Click the “Save site settings” button

    14. Click the “Complete the installation” button

    15. You should see a screen indicating installation has completed.

    – click the “Show installation messages” option. Scroll through and see of any errors are reported.

    16. At this point you should be able to login to your bbpress installation with your wordpress admin username and password.

    17. Login to bbPress

    18. Click the “Admin” link to go to the admin screen

    19. Go to “Settings” -> “Writing” and enable XML-RPC publishing protocol (this is needed by buddyPress)

    20. Go to “Settings” -> “Discussion” and enable pingbacks (I think this is needed by buddyPress ….?)

    21. Go to “Users”

    22. Go to “Settings” -> “WordPress Integration”

    Set the mapping of bbPress roles to WordPress users roles

    For the WordPress Administrator role select “bbPress Key Master”.

    For all the others select “bbPress Member”.

    Click “Save Changes”

    23. Login to WordPress MU as the admin.

    24. Go to “Plugins -> Add New”

    25. Enter “bbPress Integration” and click “Search Plugins”.

    – you should see “bbPress Integration” 1.0 listed

    – click “install”

    – click the orange “Install Now” button

    – click “Acrivate Plugin”

    26. Go to “Settings” -> “bbPress Integration”

    Ensure there is a full url for the bbPress forums entered.

    Select WordPress type “WordPress MU”

    Click “Save Changes”

    Copy the values listed in the dark grey box at the bottom of your page into your clipboard. There will be four lines that look something like this:

    define( ‘COOKIEHASH’, ‘da4672dda66fd60a6b80e420d32ef26c’ );

    define( ‘COOKIE_DOMAIN’, ‘’ );

    define( ‘SITECOOKIEPATH’, ‘/’ );

    define( ‘COOKIEPATH’, ‘/’ );

    Don’t worry – these values will be different for your installation.

    Open wp-config.php in an editor and insert these lines immediately after the opening “<?php” line.

    Whilst you have wp-config.php open, copy the authentication keys to your clipboard. They look like this:

    define(‘AUTH_KEY’, ‘800345c011dfad9261cedec0a3d914ffa1b40d67b23b66e4809797ce728f0b80’);

    define(‘SECURE_AUTH_KEY’, ‘5d6d3f657c9fb496e3f5488044fc174c238554a1b5347eb633ea8baecf0dcc7c’);

    define(‘LOGGED_IN_KEY’, ‘6749832494719d8217e06c233326cb86da9ec040b16f705156660e1642a5f0e8’);

    define(‘NONCE_KEY’, ’87a5b149e95e0a13020541040353548eaf65b68452be91c685e96a7fbab685bc’);

    define(‘AUTH_SALT’, ‘8ff197cc15f311c975bd14ce131e7872eb390706bd316f72435c081836d14f34’);

    define(‘LOGGED_IN_SALT’, ‘642683992ae38da46082bf9850ab90273deb7d5d1034baf80a3fd32871b5e04a’);

    define(‘SECURE_AUTH_SALT’, ‘7c066b9c14bd558737b74b76c77f928e3612935832a6a47bd70842e118c947fa’);

    They will be different for your installation.

    Save wp-config.php

    27. Open bb-config.php

    Find the lines containing the Authentication Unique Keys. They will have the values “COMMENT OUT” if you followed the instructions above. Comment these lines out!

    Insert the lines from your clipboard into bb-config.php below the lines you commented out.

    You need to edit each line you inserted and prefix the name of each constant with “BB_”

    After doing that, the lines will be something like:

    define(‘BB_AUTH_KEY’, ‘800345c011dfad9261cedec0a3d914ffa1b40d67b23b66e4809797ce728f0b80’);

    define(‘BB_SECURE_AUTH_KEY’, ‘5d6d3f657c9fb496e3f5488044fc174c238554a1b5347eb633ea8baecf0dcc7c’);

    define(‘BB_LOGGED_IN_KEY’, ‘6749832494719d8217e06c233326cb86da9ec040b16f705156660e1642a5f0e8’);

    define(‘BB_NONCE_KEY’, ’87a5b149e95e0a13020541040353548eaf65b68452be91c685e96a7fbab685bc’);

    define(‘BB_AUTH_SALT’, ‘8ff197cc15f311c975bd14ce131e7872eb390706bd316f72435c081836d14f34’);

    define(‘BB_LOGGED_IN_SALT’, ‘642683992ae38da46082bf9850ab90273deb7d5d1034baf80a3fd32871b5e04a’);

    define(‘BB_SECURE_AUTH_SALT’, ‘7c066b9c14bd558737b74b76c77f928e3612935832a6a47bd70842e118c947fa’);

    Save the file and exit.

    28. Clear cookies and Refresh for your domain. In Firefox you can clear cookies for a specific domain pattern.

    29. Login to your wordpress installation as the wordpress admin user.

    30. Assuming you managed to follow the setps above, If you go to your bbPress page you should find that you are logged in!

    31. From WordPress Admin go to “Plugins” -> “Add New”

    – in the search box enter “BuddyPress” and click “Search Plugins”

    – find BuddyPress 1.0.3 in the list

    – click “Install”

    – click the orange “Install Now” button

    – click “Activate Plugin”

    32. BuddyPress is now installed. Follow the BuddyPress instructions for installing the themes to the correct locations and activate them.

    33. In wp-admin go to “BuddyPress” -> “Component Setup” and check that the “bbPress Forums” component is enabled.

    34. In wp-admin go tp “BuddyPress” -> “Forums Setup”

    – ensure that the URL for the forums is entered

    – ensure that the bbPress username and password details have been setup

    – click “Save Settings”

    35. Create a group with option selected for a forum.

    36. Check that you can post topics in the group forum!

    37. Take a break!

    Rohan Kapoor


    Thanks for that. I like step-by-step instructions!



    Oh the irritation. *laughs*

    TY for posting your instructions. I didn’t mean for you to go to so much trouble but I’m sure that so many people will find this useful.

    I’ve only tried the new versions twice & after the mess with the last couple of integrations, I wanted to ask what everyone was using before I tried anymore. LOL

    The bad part is, those would be my instructions. That’s how I do it everytime. Over & Over.

    Quick question — Did you have to put the user switch code in the bb-config?

    Again, thank you for the time you put into writing out your instructions.

    Thanks to Graeme for the tutorial and to Chris for showing us the light…



    Okay — So the answer to my last question was no. The user switch code is not needed.

    Got everything up & going. Not sure what the deal was this morning. I guess that’s what I get for trying to do work at 5am when I’ve been up for 2 days straight. *laughs*

    As an addition to the steps that Graeme so graciously outlined for us:

    1. It’s alright to install BuddyPress first just in case you were wondering.

    2. After you get the cookie settings from the bbPress integration plugin, it’s okay to deactivate & delete it. It works great for getting the settings but isn’t required to keep everything running & every extra plugin (even if deactivated) adds load time to pages.

    3. On my own install, I have an extra cookie setting that needs added. It comes up with the plugin & it’s the admin_cookie_path. (Running via localhost – in case that matters)



    Thanks Graeme! I spent the last 2 days trying to get a fresh MU2.8.1/BP1.03/BB1.01 build going, but it just wasn’t clicking. This did it for me.



    @TheEasyButton … the instructions on your site for 2.7.1 really helped me with this. I must have spent several days trying to work out the correct steps.



    I’m happy to hear it helped. =D I put an updated version on earlier yesterday (after I finally slept for a few hours). It was nice to be able to cut some steps out vs the alpha 6 version.

    Pratik Bagaria


    Hey there,

    All the steps posted are just great and simple to follow :)

    Thanks for it Graeme

    WPMU, BP, and BB is working good. But I just can’t get the logins to work, I mean when I login into WPMU, I am not automatically logged into BBPress Forum.

    I am guessing thats the reason why in my BuddyPress, the forum is working fine, but who ever posts, there is no gravtar or name is seen :(

    Can someone help, what might have gone wrong.?



    This is great I am sure it will be much used. Perhaps it should be cut and pasted into a post entitled WP 2.8.1/BP 1.01/bbPress 1.0.3 (or something) Integration and made sticky.

    I have read several people say they are on hold or gave up due to the difficulty in integrating these pieces. It is a shame it is difficult because all three are top of class work. Our forums are faster and cleaner than anything we have used in the past.

    If only integrating cookies, users, and looks was a button click I think 90% of the frustration would be gone IMHO.



    WP 2.8.4a + BB 1.0.3 + BP 1.0.2

    Stuff to add to the instruction:

    38. Open bbpress’ bb-config.php

    put this right before ?> at the end

    $bb->bb_xmlrpc_allow_user_switching = true;

    put this right after <?php (replace with your info see step #26 leave out the hash part)

    define( ‘COOKIE_DOMAIN’, ‘’ );

    define( ‘SITECOOKIEPATH’, ‘/’ );

    define( ‘COOKIEPATH’, ‘/’ );

    40. install “WPMU Enable bbPress Capabilities” plugin in WPMU and enable it.

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