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Buddypress pages break the theme, where do I start?

  • xyhavoc


    Hello, I purchased a theme called Salient by Theme Nectar and unfortunately I learned that it hasn’t been configured to be compatible with Buddypress. On pages without Buddypress features the theme and layout works as intended, but once I visit a Buddypress page (activity, members, etc) the theme’s header and sidebar are broken. The theme author has yet to respond to my support ticket and I may be on my own with making Buddypress + Salient work together. So my question is, where do I start? It appears the Buddypress plugin creates the pages on the fly as opposed to manually creating a Buddypress Template, but I don’t know which files to look into. I’d appreciate any help to move forward with this.

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  • @mercime


    The first place to start is with the BuddyPress documentation ( Codex ) Read the following two pages to familiarise yourself with BP theme compatibility and how to use custom files, if that isn’t sufficient to correct your issues you may have a theme that does not play properly with the WP template process and has a custom process for dealing with the loop in ‘pages’ which will need modifying in a custom bp file, however the theme author is best placed to be able to tell you what adjustments you need to make.

    Theme Compatibility & Template Files

    Template Hierarchy



    Thank you all for the help and links. I really appreciate it! The theme author has responded and informed me that buddypress will be available in the next release of the theme, I just hope it’s sooner rather than later.

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