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Needing Help converting fron RC-1 to BuddyPress Plugin on existant site

  • Danny


    I have a site ( that is running BP (RC-1 I believe) and MU. It was working great together until I upgraded MU to 2.8.4 and now I having some minor issues.

    I am looking for some help in changing over from the version of BP that I am using to the current BP Plugin. Since I am using a modified BP Theme and all of our members are use to it, I would like to be able to keep that option.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Jeff Sayre


    Okay, your BuddyPress site is so far out of date that you have a lot of work ahead of you. Since you installed the pre-release version of BP, there have been five major upgrades.

    Unfortunately, you upgraded WPMU before upgrading BP. It would have been better for you to get BP up to date before upgrading WPMU, but that is now water under the bridge.

    To help you down this road, please read this specific post and all the links it contains:

    As far as using your custom theme, you will have to look at the default theme files in BuddyPress 1.0.3 and see what needs to be changed. The theme files have gone through many revisions since RC-1 was released five (or more)months ago.

    And, just to be proactive, a very-major rewrite of BuddyPress will be coming out in the next several weeks. BuddyPress version 1.1 uses an entirely different theme architecture. You can read about that here.



    Jeff, it sounds as if I might be better off keeping the platform the way that it is. But, unfortunately, I do not see that as being possible. I am wondering if I just remove the BP all together and then add the BP plugin, if it would be better. Then I could restructure from there. The themes and all would be simple to rework and design out the way that we want them. As for the member side of it, we can have all the members redo their profiles in the member section, which might not be a bad thing.

    I am not sure if this will have a bearing on it, but from what my BP-Core file shows, this is the version that I have: define( ‘BP_CORE_VERSION’, ‘1.0-RC1’ );

    Either way, it sounds like many steps have changed. Let me know what you think of the change up above if you think it would be the easier route. Otherwise, I might have to hire someone that can redo it all and just send me the files back.

    Jeff Sayre


    In theory you should be able to upgrade from RC1 to 1.0.3 without a problem. What truly matters is the integrity of your database. That being said, when I have not upgraded a WP site for a long time, I prefer to upgrade in several increments.

    But if you follow this course, you should be okay (of course, there are no guarantees):

    • backup your database–the most crucial step
    • deactivate any BuddyPress-specific plugins in WPMU’s back end
    • then deactivate BuddyPress itself
    • delete the buddypress directory
    • download BP version 1.0.3
    • follow the instructions in BP’s readme.txt file
    • reactivate BP sitewide

    Then you will most likely have to change your theme files to get them to work.

    If all goes terribly wrong, you can always redownload the old tagged version 1.0-RC1 of BP from here, restore your DB from your backup, and then reinstall and reactivate the old version.

    Of course, before deleting your current version of BP, it is probably a good idea to back that up as well. That way, if something goes awry and you need to revert, you know you have the exact same files you used before.

    Also, make sure that you have backup copies of your custom theme files as well.



    Jeff, I have tried this a few times already to no avail. Now that I am trying to do it again, the link to upgrading from RC-1 is gone and I am unsure which files need to move and which ones just need to be deleted. Do you know of anyone that can actually help us in this transition or walk me through EXACTLY what I need to do, step by step. I have three sites that I need to get upgraded.

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