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Only Admin Account can Login to Buddypress

  • Hello,

    I am making a site for real estate agents for a client that is similar to the site Active Rain, except that it will be free. We originally did not intend this as the vision, so I have been using the newest version of WordPress beta instead of WordPress MU. I installed Buddypress since the documentation seemed to say that normal WordPress installations also support it. While everything seems to be working fine, we eventually started telling people to join up and came to the realization that only my account, the administrator account and the first that was created, was the only account that could login. This is also true for logging into the WP Dashboard. I changed my clients so that they had admin accounts but they could not even in log into the WP Dashboard. I cannot figure out why this is happening.

    The users appear on the WordPress dashboard under the User section, so they have definitely created accounts. However, when they try to login nothing happens. When I login, my name and avatar appear as well as an option to logout in the sidebar. As I said, this only works with my account. Under the members page, it says I am the only member, despite the fact that they show up on the WordPress Users page.

    Anyone know why this is happening? Is it because I am not using WordPress MU? I only wanted there to be one blog that only Admins can write for, and everyone else who joins does not get a blog but can be named an author by the admin if they write a special feature.

    Thanks for your help!

    – Ben Nadler

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  • surya


    yes . . .
    me too . . .
    please help . . .

    Ben, no, BP should work with WP/MU (MU is now “WP+MS”, for multisites).

    Switch back to the twentyten theme. Disable BuddyPress. Can you log in as a non-admin user?

    I have the same problem, Yes you can login if you disable the buddypress .. just wondering why is this

    I have the same problem. Has anybody found a solution?

    Same problem.

    Solution anyone? Can this problem be solved by reverting to any older Buddypress version?

    Sorry, but Is there any other forum/mailing-list/group/discussion-board where I can get help regarding this issue?



    Disable all WP and BP plugins except BuddyPress, change theme to bp default theme. Then check login by users. If users can log in, activate plugins one by one and activate custom theme and check which is the culprit.

    I had used a fresh installation.
    1. Installed WP using the instructions given at
    2. Installed BP according to the “Manual Installation” steps given at
    3. When WP prompted “BuddyPress is ready. You’ll need to activate a BuddyPress compatible theme to take advantage of all of the features.”, I used the BuddyPress Default 1.2.7 theme.
    4. I try to login as a normal user and nothing happens.
    5. I try to login as admin-user and I can log in correctly.
    6. If I disable buddypress, I can log in as a non-admin user.
    7. If I enable BP again, I can’t login as a non-admin user.

    Please let me know if I can provide any other information.

    I have the same problem. Has anybody found a solution? Pleas help me !

    If the new user accounts that you’re trying to log in with were created after BuddyPress has been installed, have you activated those user accounts?

    @DJPaul: Yes, those user accounts were activated before attempting to log in.

    If you can, in the Wp_users database table, what user_status does one of these user accounts have?
    (I think it’s user_status; values should be 0, 1 or 2, unless you’re using multisite.)


    I did a “select * from wp_users;”. The “user_status” field has the value “0” for all the users including the admin user.
    Am I looking at the right values?

    Yeah. If it was = 2, the accounts would not have been activated yet (double-checking). I don’t know.

    Boone Gorges


    Are you trying with different browsers? Maybe the cookies are not being flushed correctly



    I’m having the same problem. I thought BuddyPress was working, but just found out that any time anyone else clicks Log In it just brings them back to the front page and does nothing.

    I’m using the Platform Theme
    I have GoDaddy Hosting

    Plugins Installed:

    BuddyPress Group Email Subscription
    BuddyPress Links
    Buddypress Sitewide activity widget
    BuddyPress Template Pack
    CubePoints Buddypress Integration
    Google XML Sitemaps
    Wickett Twitter Widget
    WordPress SEO

    I tried with Google Chrome and Firefox. Also deleted all the cookies and tried again.
    Didn’t work.

    I am having the same issue. Has anyone had any luck with this?



    Same problem. Any luck anyone?



    Deactivate BuddyPress and plugins. Check if you as test user can register and log in with WordPress. If you can’t then you have to resolve this in forums before activating BuddyPress.

    @n_sane I had the same issue. A quick check of the wp database showed new users were being created with user level 2, which, in this case, means that they have not confirmed their registration. Also I realized i had not received any of my dummy account registration conf. emails.

    I found a workaround for this by changing the user status to 0 in the wp_core_startup file, but that was an inadvisable way of fixing the issue since it totally deactivated the email registration system, which i really don’t didn’t want to bypass, and that file will get overwritten in any bp update.

    The fix was to install the ‘Mail From’ plugin by andrew hamilton. this apparently allows the registration emails to go out, and then user_status and registration can be handled the way it was designed to. I’m hosted with bluehost and have a hunch their mail system isn’t playing nice with bp and this plugin seems to allow it to do that.

    I have the same problem.

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