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Replace BBPress forum with BuddyPress forum?

  • Hi all,

    I installed bbpress on my site via the plugin and since decided that the features of a buddypress forum more suite my needs. For example, the post “Freshness” doesn’t seem to be available in bbpress and this makes it difficult to see if any new posts have been made.

    I have been trying to figure out for the last few days how to replace my bbpress forum with one that functions as this one (which I am ussuming is buddypress). I have disabled bbpress and tried to configure buddypress but have had no luck.

    Any guidance is appreciated. Here is my site –

    As you can see both bbpress and buddypress are currently installed and activated.



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  • In BuddyPress 1.5.6, you have the choice of two forum types: site wide, and group forums. Both are powered by bbPress; the former by bbPress 2 (the plugin), the latter by bbPress 1 (the standalone software). Right now, you can’t use bbPress 2 for group forums.

    When BuddyPress 1.6 is released, you will be able to use bbPress 2 for group forums. And that’s what we’re strongly encouraging everyone to do; bbPress 2 is a much better piece of software, and is in active development (bbPress 1 is dead).

    Thanks Paul. I got it sorted. Turns out my theme designer actually removed the elements I wanted and a few lines of code in the css fixed my up. Looking forward to buddypress 1.6. Thanks again!



    Hi Paul,

    I’ve updated to BP1.6-RC1 and am currently testing this out on my site to try to help out. Does bbPress 2 currently work for group forums on BP1.6-RC1 or do we need to wait for the BP 1.6 proper to be released?

    In any case, I’d appreciate some guidance on how to integrate my previous (BP1.5.6) group and sitewide BBPress forums together. I understand that BP1.6 does this, but whatever I’ve tried so far, they still stay separate.

    Are there any BP1.6-RC1 release notes on forums (or all the improvements for that matter) telling me what is new so I can focus my testing and help out better?

    Many thanks.

    @sydneydesigner You need bbPress 2.1, BuddyPress 1.6 (any version of, incl. the RC1), and WordPress 3.4.1.

    Disable the Groups Forum component inside the BuddyPress components setting page in wp-admin, then go to Settings > Forum. This is the bbPress settings page. Scroll right down to the bottom, and you’ll see some new settings to enable the forums.

    Release notes are still being written up, sorry. There’s a high-level overview in for now.



    Thanks for your reply @Paul Gibbs. Yes, I am using bbPress 2.1, BuddyPress 1.6 RC1 and WordPress 3.4.1.

    I’ve done what you say above but I still see no changes on my site. The group forums are still working fine the same as before and the bbPress sitewide forum is still working fine the same as before. But I can’t see any signs of integration between the two.

    What should I see? For example, should the group forums be listed in the main bbPress forum too, under the “group forums parent” selected in WP-Admin>Settings>Forum that you refer to above?

    Ah hah. Then you need to go to Tools > bbPress Importer in wp-admin (or something similar – I can’t remember what it’s called) to move your content from bbP1 to bbP2.



    Thanks @Paul Gibbs. I’ve imported my old group forums/topics into bbP2 like you suggested above and the import bit seems to work OK – they appear in the bbP forum list and can be read from there.

    But when I create a new BP group forum (via group admin front end) or add a new topic to a BP group forum, nothing shows up in the bbP forum listing (as I assume it should do – am I right?). Similarly, when I add a topic to the bbP forum for a particular BP group, it doesn’t show up in the BP group forum accessed from the BP group page. So BP group forums and bbP forums are still acting completely independently of each other and not integrated at all.

    Perhaps it is a bug? What would you advise? Has anyone else achieved proper integration?

    (Note that I did disable the Groups Forum component inside the BuddyPress components setting page in wp-admin as you said above.)

    I suggest searching or asking for help on’s forums — maybe someone’s seen this before.



    Thanks @djPaul

    I also read another recent thread: and commented there. It seems likely that there are a few bugs to be sorted out to get this working.

    A particular thing I had missed that might help someone else to get bbP2.1 forums working a bit at least with BP1.6RC1 is that, as well as diabling BP Group Fourms I had untick “Discussion Forums” in WP-admin> settings> buddypress> components (which I find counter-intuitive).

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