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Buddypress groups – No "create groups" link and page not found for groups

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  • r-a-y


    It’s probably because you have “groups” as your wordpress directory.

    In wp-config.php, add this snippet:

    define ( 'BP_GROUPS_SLUG', 'gatherings' );

    Change ‘gatherings’ to something you like.

    This will make your new groups URL look like:


    hi r-a-y,

    you were spot on with your analysis. I had spent 4 hours today trying to figure out what could be wrong here. It would be nice if the documentation mentioned that if you are setting up buddypress to make sure NOT TO call the wordpress folder “groups”.

    Hopefully anyone else who might venture naming their setup “groups” will avoid wasting a ton of time by reading this little FAQ.





    We really need a buddypress config file that has a list of ‘non-allowed’ group and blog names as this would really help to solve this issue at the core level. Maybe even an admin section where the site admin can add additional ‘non-allowed’ names so that buddypress plugins that create other names don’t conflict as well?

    There is, but it only kicks in on a MU install. Look at bp_core_add_illegal_names() in bp-core.php. There may be a reason why it is not done on a regular WordPress install — perhaps such a feature doesn’t exist in regular WordPress.



    I also struggled trying to find a way to add groups. As it turned out, it was as simple as adding a blank page and naming it “Groups”.

    I click “Groups” in my menu bar and BOOM, there it is. I am using the theme “Pressplay” at Maybe this will help another newbie like me!

    Rebecca Thompson


    I dont see that .php folder. where is it? UGH!

    Create groups is also missing for me now… and it wasn’t before. I’m so confused and exhausted!


    You probably need to update your theme. If you built it yourself, take a look at, otherwise ask the person who built it for you.

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