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BuddyPress / Thesis Custom Template Integration

  • For what it’s worth, I was finally able to integrate BuddyPress in a custom Thesis Template. It wasn’t trivial, and I’m not finished yet, but I just wanted to say it…

    The solution was augmented with @apeatling‘s BuddyPress Template Pack plugin, and code to reference files of the custom Thesis template. But it’s a win for sure.

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  • techguy


    Of course, now the problem is figuring out how the license will let you distribute the changes you made. Unless you did a nice job separating the BP mods for Thesis. No doubt Thesis would be a nice theme to offer for BP.

    yeah, that is a whole different topic. Thesis offers a custom css and custom functions feature, so all of the thesis specific changes are in those files. They could be released. The issue with BuddyPress is it requires the BuddyPress Template Pack plugin, which isn’t a big deal, but the next step is to figure out a way to drive all BuddyPress changes from the bp-custom.php file, if even possible. Once I get the done for my client, I’ll spend more time trying to see if it’s even possible. But, for me, progress.



    I’d be interested in seeing how you did that. I’m trying to accomplish it on my community site now… but I can’t figure out how to make it happen.

    Jim Brown


    Would it be possible to get a simple set of steps to do the integation?



    Yay, this is exciting news. Like Jim, I’m also interested to read a set of simple steps.



    When you integrated this with Thesis what version of BuddyPress were you using? Were you using WordPress MU or regular WordPress?

    I’ve been playing around with this today. I am running regular WordPress 2.9.2 with Thesis 1.6 (need to try 1.7 but he really changed things there).

    I installed the BuddyPress Template Pack plugin and went to work.

    I don’t think you do the thing with the bp-custom.php file anymore, right?

    I followed the instructions and copied all of the templates to my /wp-content/themes/thesis_16/ folder.

    Then I started digging into how Thesis outputs its content and started updating all of those templates with different HTML markup and calls to Thesis functions to get headers, footers, and sidebars, etc.

    So I got the pages like Members, Groups, Activity, etc. looking OK, but not pretty. There is going to be a TON of CSS development needed to make this look as pretty as it all does here.

    The thing I’m not yet clear on is how to get it all to flow under one tab like it does here with the Community tab?

    And I have LOTS of other questions….and work to do to make it fully functional and tightly integrated into the navigation and flow of the site.

    Is it even worth it I’m wondering? ;-D

    Just thought I’d share. I’d love to find out someone has already done ALL of this and can provide instructions, or files…would be worth something I think!



    I’m in a similar place. Have and want to use thesis 1.8. Just installed BP for a membership site and want to make them play nice. The idea is to use thesis for a front end website and then when they become a member, they get to see BP and use it.

    ideally, I’d like to simply put up a membership system (wishlistmember) which then allows them to see say a BP install in a subfolder type of system



    You’ll want to check a recent thread in the thesis forum. Someone posted the steps to get thesis and BP to work together. The files requiring editing are listed as well as the specific content to replace.

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