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Complete newbie!!! Help on the basics.

  • absticles


    Hey there.

    I’m a complete newbie with buddypress and I’m just getting to grips with the basics!

    I’m creating a site and I was wondering what you guys would normally do when creating a new buddypress enhanced site. My design looks nothing like the BP default theme! Do you guys normally create a child theme? Is this the best option or would you create a new theme and then make it buddypress aware?

    Do you know of any good tutorials? I know there’s one within this site on creating child themes which I am halfway through… I was just wondering whether there were any decent tutorial videos or any documentation relating to buddypress.

    I’d really appreciate any help you could give me!



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  • techguy


    If you’re going to create a theme from scratch, then you definitely want to use the child theme so that it’s ready for the next time you have to upgrade BP. Although, the default theme is a good place for you to start since it uses all of the BP features and you just have to change the style, layout, etc. Or you could find an open source BP theme and just adapt it for your needs as well.

    Otherwise, you can download the BuddyPress Template Pack which will try and convert your current WP theme into a BP theme. No doubt in this process of converting it to a BP theme, there will be changes you’ll need to make to make your old WP theme display right with the BP components layered on top.

    Word on the street is that either option takes about the same amount of time. Kind of depends on what kind of WP theme you have already. Otherwise, probably better to just create a child theme.



    FYI – Buddypress Template Pack plugin:

    techguy’s got the right idea.

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