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Cannot Edit Theme Files

  • timsilva_


    I have spend the past 2 days digging through the documentation with no luck.

    Simple question, how do I edit the raw template files (the actual html) for the current version of BuddyPress (2.4.3)? Specifically, the public-facing profile pages.

    So, I have a theme, let’s call it “mytheme”, and I copied the contents from /plugins/buddypress/bp-templates/bp-legacy/buddypress/ into /wp-content/themes/mytheme/buddypress/

    First off, is that copying and overriding process still correct? I’ve read that in a few places but I don’t know if it is the current method. Also, if I only need to edit one file (/members/single/member-header.php for example), could I simply just copy that single file (along with the folder structure of course) and then customize it? Or do I need to copy all of the files and folders?

    Secondly, for some reason, I can no longer edit the template files. It seems like no matter what I do, I cannot find or edit code.

    I am trying to edit some code from /wp-content/themes/mytheme/buddypress/members/single/member-header.php and nothing I do affects the code.

    For example, I am trying to edit this:

    <h2 class="user-nicename">@<?php bp_displayed_user_mentionname(); ?></h2>


    <h2 class="user-nicename">TESTING @<?php bp_displayed_user_mentionname(); ?></h2>

    but nothing happens.

    Strangely, I am able to make edits to /wp-content/themes/mytheme/buddypress/members/single/home.php

    On line 41, I was able to comment out:


    Which actually had an effect on the page.

    What could I be doing wrong here? I tried downloading a fresh copy and I’ve been trying to read about how to edit the theme files, there doesn’t seem to be much information about it. Why can I edit parts of /wp-content/themes/mytheme/buddypress/members/single/home.php and not /wp-content/themes/mytheme/buddypress/members/single/member-header.php ?

    Any advice on this would be massively appreciated. 🙂 I really tried and searched for a long time before asking.

    *I also wonder if this is related to what this user asked about:

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  • timsilva_


    I solved this myself!

    After searching for:

    <h2 class="user-nicename">

    across all of my files & folders, I realized that the WP loads cover-image-header.php for that part of the template instead of member-header.php when you have the cover images turned on. Didn’t expect that at all!

    Hopefully this will help someone else in the future. 🙂

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