@pjnu – “to have the social network be secondary to their wordpress blog, what options are available”
You would need to create a child theme for 1.2 bp default theme. Copy the header.php from 1.2 bp-default theme into your child theme. Tweak navigation accordingly or create primary and secondary navigation to taste.
“I feel like this new version is somewhat limiting in terms of customization. “
My opinion is that it can be challenging but the sky’s the limit
I just tested this on a dev site with WP2.9.1 single user and BP 1.2 and confirmed the error is still happening. If Activity Streams are disabled, the Groups still open by default to a “Home” tab that thinks there should be a Group Activity Stream displayed:
Fatal error: Call to undefined function: bp_activity_post_form_action() in /var/www/vhosts/.../httpdocs/wp-content/plugins/buddypress/bp-themes/bp-default/activity/post-form.php on line 1
And a follow-up question I have on this is, if the Group Activity Stream is turned off, what should be dispayed on the Home tab? I would argue in favor of having the Group Forum list be the default Group home page if Activity Streams are disabled, just as I think there should be a way to fairly easily choose the Forum list as the Group home page even if the Activity Streams are NOT disabled, just as site-wide you have the option of having the blog or the Activity Stream on the home page of the site. (This latter bit is the crux of a trac ticket I filed: https://trac.buddypress.org/ticket/2144 )