BuddyPress doesn’t create a database. It only add it’s own tables to the existing WordPress db.
Why are these tables not created ? Impossible to say without more details about your server configuration and more information about how, what and where you tried to install the plugin.
Excuse me. I meant that it did not create the tables in the existing database. I use shared hosting from Hostgator and installed the plugin from the wordpress plugins page. I installed it to another site the same way and it created the tables with no problem.
The only plugin that I have installed before this was woocommerce. could that have created the issue? I dont want to erase everything and start fresh, but I can if necessary. I haven’t uploaded any content or members yet
I went ahead and deleted everything. installed Wp then BP and it works. not sure what caused trouble…