BuddyPress Template Pack
Also I think it could use a slight more CSS for layout.
@modemlooper hotforwords posted her version of the revised BP Template Pack for BP 1.2.6 .I haven’t had the time to test it. ping! @djpaul.
Re instructional info for BP Template Pack use, we had added some info in Codex
The thing is, those who have no HTML/CSS or WP theming experience will still find it hard to convert the files on their own.
There is a limit to how much instruction you can give and a point where people who want to ‘Do’ certain stuff actually have to invest a modicum of time in learning how – much like most of have had to.
Part of the trouble is always going to be that the template pack and the nature of plugins implies to many non coders that it’s all point and click and why when it comes to ‘Step Three’ many draw a blank and stumble.
The instruction provided by mercime in ‘easy-2’ is pretty detailed though – possibly still a little difficult for newbies to follow but that is to some extent the price of admission? what possibly might help is a link to the codex easy-2 from the plugin screen?
I’m also wondering whether the transition to WP pages for BP components will change the nature of things and actually make things a fair bit easier?
One of the other issues I encounter on almost a weekly basis is people getting confused about what this pack does / is. For instance assuming any theme needs it if running BuddyPress.
Well, regardless of title or instruction, the template files inside are old and CSS is barely enough to make it look proper. I know that is by design so the plugin doesn’t force bp-default styling but I’d expect it to look slightly like the default OOTB.
Maybe I’ll take it and create another version. It needs a login widget, I think. BP Template Pack Plus?
FYI, login widget ticket is here:
There’s a patch by Boone there.
Template Pack is meant to be bare bones. It shouldn’t make your site look like BP Default, nor should it work exactly like your site’s theme out of the box.
I am confused. Do I need template pack in order to use BP on my WP twentyten child?
If it is needed then shouldn’t it at least be consistent with the core BP and not cause what are in effect errrors as with the members-loop.php which is a mess?
@stevieg the template pack files are out dated.
Did the template file start life as copies of the BP default files? I’m wondering if the easiest thing is to just copy these in and not use the template pack at all. What do you think?
Yes and no. It’s mostly just the default files.
So, had a thought. If the Template pack copies over files from it’s on plugin folder can it not just get the same files from the BuddyPress default folder? This seems like a way to keep it completely current.
You can’t because the function that BP uses to call templates is not filterable.
This method is close to a plugin I’m tentatively working on, which uses modified bp-default template files to work around this problem. This is so the plugin can serve the template files directly without copying them to the current theme’s directory like BP Template Pack.
This is also probably the same method GenesisConnect uses as well, although I haven’t used it to confirm.
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