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Can Groups, Blogs, Members home page use Member Theme?

  • tracedef


    I just started integrating our formerly non MU wordpress single install theme into MU / Buddypress…. the goal is to have our content and blog maintain the look and feel of our theme( ) with it’s own specific headers and footers (different than those used by buddpress-home and buddypress-members) while having the community / member pages maintain the classic BP look and feel including the headers and footers used…. We are going to place the standard BP home page in a directory such as …..

    I have modified the buddypress-members theme to match our colors used by our main site theme ( ) which was easy enough….. but….

    The issue I’m having is that while uses the buddypress-member theme, the BuddyPress parent categories such as groups, blogs, members, etc. ( do not. These pages try to use our home theme …. ( ) ….

    Is there any way to force /groups, /members, /blogs, etc. to use the buddypress-members theme as opposed to using whatever theme the main site / index uses?

    The reason why I ask is because if you use an existing theme that you are converting to work with BP, this requires dropping in plugin-template.php and all other related BP files……… these then try to pull header.php / footer.php, etc…. which then pulls the main / home theme’s headers and footers not the standard headers / footers used by the buddypress-home theme or buddpress-members theme…

    In my case, my home / main theme is a corporate theme and the header is different than the standard BP header we are using in the “community” part of the site or on member, group, blog, etc. pages……..

    I can import the headers I DO want to use from buddypress-home and then rename them to header2.php and then change the header / footer calls in the BP specific components…. But am wondering if all of that is necessary…. Especially if I have to upgrade code in the future as BP evolves…..

    Any feedback appreciated…..!

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  • John James Jacoby


    I recommend copying all of the contents of BuddyPress Home to a new directory, modifying the style.css to a new name, comparing your existing WP header.php/footer.php files to the ones in your new directory, taking out all the WordPress specific PHP function references and replacing them WordPress MU/BuddyPress ones. Tedious, but effective.

    I found that the main hurdle when doing this kind of migration (for me) was letting go of my old WordPress ways of doing things. I.E. no longer using the page widget as my main navigation menu, etc… Which you can still do if you want to, there’s nothing stopping you. The functions are still the same, but you’ll still want to use the BuddyPress home theme as your starting point, as it gives you the building blocks towards integrating your existing theme with the new platform.

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