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BuddyPress says themes are missing, but they aren't

  • Just upgraded to 1.1 and it went very smoothly. I got to the final step regarding templates, followed the instructions as listed, but I’m not having any luck.

    I’m just trying to get the default theme up and running, and I placed both the bp-sn-parent and bp-default directories in wp-content/themes directory as directed. I’ve tripled checked this. Both themes are enabled in WPMU as they should be.

    I have deleted the old bp-themes folder within wp-content as well, as directed.

    However, when I try to activate the themes within BP, I get this message:

    You do not have any BuddyPress themes installed.

    Please move the default BuddyPress themes to their correct location (move /home/directory/directory2/wp-content/plugins/buddypress/bp-themes/ to /home/directory/directory2/wp-content/bp-themes/) and reload this page. You can download more themes here.

    BP does not recognize the activated themes in the wp-content/themes directory. If I re-create and re-upload the wp-content/bp-themes directory, the themes are recognized.

    I may be able to live with that, if it worked. No matter which theme I select, as it saves, it reverts to the Parent theme (it does not matter if it’s active or not, it’s always there and always reverts).

    Anyone have anything on this? I can’t be the only person with this issue.

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  • John James Jacoby


    You shouldn’t need to activate a BuddyPress specific theme anymore…

    Really? The drop down box is listed as “Select theme to use for BuddyPress generated pages:” Right now it says “No Themes Installed.”, along with the big, red warning posted above.

    Additionally, when I try to visit a BP generated page, I get “Sorry, we’re not sure what you’re looking for here.” My assumption is that’s because of the lack of a theme.

    Also, step 9 in the upgrade instructions reads…

    If you are using the default themes: Delete the /wp-content/bp-themes/ folder. Move the /bp-default/ and /bp-sn-parent/ folders from the /wp-content/plugins/buddypress/bp-themes/ folder and put them into the folder /wp-content/themes/ — Enable the BuddyPress default theme in the “Site Admin > Themes” menu. Finally, activate the BuddyPress default theme in “Appearance > Themes” for the root blog of your installation.

    Is that incorrect? Sorry, I may just be missing how the themes have changed.


    You are not the only one with this issue. I have reinstalled this release about 6 times. By the numbers the first three to ensure I hadn’t missed a step.

    I am trouble-shooting this bloody issue and pulling my hair out. Somewhere in the directives of one of these files, it is still searching for the themes at /wp-content/bp-themes, despite the instructions stating to delete that directory and point to the new structure in this release of 1.1.

    If anyone figures this out, please post it up asap. I have been trouble-shooting all day and it seems this release was not stable. Kas3, no worries. You are not alone. I am debating digging into the code tonight, but am so annoyed with this right now, I may get back to it later.

    I’ll keep you posted if I resolve it.

    Andy Peatling


    If you have deleted /wp-content/bp-themes and have activated bp-default in “Appearance > Themes” then this should not happen. If it does then there is a bug.

    Paul Gibbs


    It worked for me – and I suspect plenty of others – so there’s probably a bug lurking somewhere.

    So just to check – delete /wp-content/bp-themes/. Put the new two theme directories into /wp-content/themes/. At this point, going to the BuddyPress admin backend (in /wp-admin/) will get you a red warning box.

    Then go to, activate ‘BuddyPress Default’ (not ‘BuddyPress Social Network Parent Theme’). Then you should be able to activate the ‘BuddyPress Default 1.1’ theme on



    Hey there – I’m getting a similar, probably related issue.

    I have followed the steps above regarding moving the folders etc.

    However I am getting a ‘Broken Theme’ message: Stylesheet is missing & template is missing.

    Also ‘BuddyPress Default Home Theme 1.0.2’ appears to be the only BP related theme available.




    Hi – just an update on this:

    I unstalled & deleted Buddypress (a few times!)

    Then reinstalled BP manually by uploading zip file etc

    Did the file delete/move thing

    There were a few ‘null’ folders that crept in there somehow and contained element of the new BP theme folders so I had to delete these as well

    All appears to be functioning as it should.






    Does this mean that the Default theme must now be used as the primary Theme on a site?

    Previously, I was able to use a standard WordPress theme (vita) and link to my Community (Buddypress, using the 1.0.1 Default theme). From what I can see now though, if I want to use the Buddypress 1.1 Default theme, it needs to be activated as the primary theme. Is there any way around this? If not, this is a frustrating development indeed….

    Paul Gibbs


    You can use any theme you want on your WPMU install. But you will need to do work to customise it to support BuddyPress.



    Is there a tutorial online that can assist me with this? Or alternatively, is there a workaround for the issues I was facing with the user registration glitch I was having using the 1.0.1 Default theme with Buddypress 1.1? Everything was running very smoothly with 1.0.1 with the exception of the user registration.

    Jeff Sayre


    There’s a Codex article:

    Scroll down to the section entitled “I’ve used a WordPress theme for my blog with the default BuddyPress member theme”.

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