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Buddypress and a wordpress child theme?

  • Ok I’m lost I’ve read lot’s of threads concerning how to to apply a buddypress child theme and now I’ve just read:
    which seems to say that buddypress no longer supports child themes….
    I’m really lost how do i go about apply changes to buddypress’s default pages in a manner that will hold up for future updates and not screw with my parent theme…
    I currently have /wp-content/themes/child-theme/buddypress/COPY FROM buddypress/bp-themes/bp-default/ in my child theme but it fails to recognize the theme files unless i move them up to the child theme folder… and when i do it then rips out the css and js for the buddypress pages….
    How do i go about setting up buddypress’s theme files in my child theme.
    Kind reagrds
    P.S I’ve also read :

    Template Hierarchy

    Theme Compatibility & Template Files

    which just confused me further…
    Do i copy over the bp-legacy folder if i do won’t this be discontinued…

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  • danbp


    We’re now in the 2.0 aera.
    To apply changes to your BP 2.x site.
    – Upload any theme you want and check first if it works with WordPress, specially by creating new users and sending messages.
    – Upload and activate BuddyPress. Check conscientiously his settings. Changecalso the permalinks settings to your need (except by default).
    – If everything is fine, after testing of course, you create then a child theme.
    – if you need to alter some BP templates, you get copies of them from bp-templates/bp-legacy/buddypress/ and put them in your child-theme/community/ or child-theme/buddypress/ directory. All other files, which are not (BP files) filed in bp-legacy, should be copies of your original theme added to your child theme.

    all comments in bp-templates/bp-legacy/buddypress-functions.php

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