New BuddyPress 1.2 default theme
BuddyPress 1.2 will be getting a new default theme. Please check http://testbp.org/ to see it in action. The original default will still be present in 1.2, but renamed to bp-classic.
You can read more about it here: http://testbp.org/members/andy/activity/54492/
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right now, i just registered, had an activation email,
(btw, the email title is: [BuddyPress Testdrive] Activate http:// )
activated, but then my password is not working… requested new password to access.
in the wp-admin, the recent Comments block, each comment url point to the wp-admin/index.php file… no real usage… rofl
the adminbar in the wp-admin is hovering the original from wpmu… and i’m dyslexic… rofl
Hate to say this… although I’m sure I will find little details that are much nicer… overall… I much prefer the original theme. The new one looks bland. But I guess it’s just a default theme. Maybe it’s better for it to look more generic.
I guess you agree that “usability” is much better than before ?
Just change the colors to the ones you prefer and you will be happy…..
Love the new theme!
Can’t wait to play around with this.
I love the fact that activities drive everything, however less emphasis is placed on the profile (unlike before).
What I would like to do is put friends and groups so they are on the same page.
The “Blogs” tab shouldn’t show up if the user doesn’t have any blogs associated with their account.
Looks like the new activity permalinks are following the minimalistic layout of Twitter.
Won’t be long before someone either makes a plugin or creates an xprofile field for users to change the background of it
very cool! not a big fan of that huge blue header. i’d have made it a light color as well. it would have been kind of like the sandbox theme, just prettier. but since that’s the only bad thing i can say about it, i guess that means the new theme is an outstanding piece of work well done!
oh, one more thing. any idea when it’ll show up in the trunk? cheers!
The colors are easily customized. It’s also possible to upload a custom background image for the header. This theme is supposed to provide a much simpler and more usable base for people to create themes from. The old default was not a good base at all.
could you please also “theme” this page:
“That” page is actually a WordPress page and as such has not much to do with BP. Let Andy take care of the more important things…
With basic skill level however you should be able to do that yourself like so: http://www.problogdesign.com/wordpress/custom-wordpress-login-screen/
Are there any important hardcoded theme changes in this one Andy (apart from the obvious total css renewal?
There are a lot of changes to template structure, all for the better.
@Bpisimone , et, all..
i love the default answer of: “its not a BP issue, its a wp or wpmu issue” — i see that thrown around here way too often.
first, –i get it.. “..its outside the scope…” but the default.. “go elsewhere” as an answer just makes me cringe..
second, — please consider that.. to many enduser-installers (not a developer)of BP.. such as myself… to us, BP is the main product and NOT just a plugin. –and WP/WPMU is just an afterthought…
The above “it is not a BP issue” thing has, I think, been discussed before. If anyone wishes to debate that point further, make a new thread – leave it out of this one.
still very excited to get BP1.2 in my hands.. besides Nicola says that his aggregator plugin will work on BP1.2 \
Do we have any information for how many widget areas there are in this new theme?
I like what I see. Much more Facebooky.
The main thing is that the userbar/optionsbar is no longer vertical. It’s a huge improvement for me! Now I won’t have to edit that much of the code.
I agree that it’s a big step forward from a usability point of view. The two column side navigation confuses everyone at first (and second) glance. And constancy is critical in user interface design. Floating the admin bar is a great usability idea too. And the “New Post” and “New Group” buttons on those directory pages is absolutely brilliant. That’s a huge leap in usability. People are always very confused with the current Forums directory page. So that’s all great! Very good work.
What I’m really missing though is all the beautiful little details from the previous design. Those ‘speech bubble’ arrows on the title backgrounds (although they were somewhat overused). The nice gradients on the title backgrounds. The beautiful (and useful) little icons in the navigation. The beautiful rounded buttons with their little arrows, icons, checkmarks and busy cursors. And just the overall brand feel of the yellow orange and grey. It really was (and still is) a beautiful design. But generic makes more sense for a default theme. Like the Kubrik theme for WordPress. And easier theme development is always good. I also recognize the the new theme is a work in progress.
@David Lewis – I will probably play with a few child themes over Xmas and produce some new color schemes with a bit more “flair”. Putting that stuff in the default is just annoying for people who want to extend it.
I don’t suppose you could give us any info in regards to the planned widget options for the site? It would be quite nice to be able to specify different widgets for some pages (for example, the group pages/group components) but from the sounds of what you’re aiming at in terms of a site with a consistent interface, that might not be what you’re going for.
Obviously we can mod anything we need in but the lazy and selfish part of me hopes that you’re designing stuff exactly as I want it :p
Also thought I’d mention that it might be nice to change the theme so that clicking on your avatar also directs you to your profile page (in addition to clicking on your name). Several of our users have requested this. As before, we can mod this in if need be, but it seems like something that would be a nice feature for most installations.
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