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[Resolved] Getting Forums to Work

  • Hopefully someone here can help me out. I am unable to get forums working for the life of me. Even though forums are installed, activated, and whatnot, I get the two distinct error messages when I try to create a forum.

    I go to the group page, create a new post, careful to fill in all fields as a precaution, click “Post Topic,” and this is what I get: “This group doesn’t have a forum set up yet.” But it does indeed have a forum set up. At least I think it does: I have “Enable discussion forum” clicked in the group options.

    When I go through the forum page (as opposed to the group’s page) and set it up that way, I get an entirely different error message: “Please pick the group forum where you would like to post this topic” despite the fact that I did pick the same group as mentioned above.

    I’ve checked everything what seems like a million times. I’ve deactivated all other programs, and nothing. I’ve uninstalled everything and reinstalled everything, and nothing. What in the world is going on?

    Screenshots available here:

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  • I’m simply reposting so that this will stay current and near the top. I’d really appreciate some help.



    That’s fine. You can bump your post if unanswered after 24 hours. All of us here are volunteers living in different time zones :-)

    – check the generated bb-config.php file in the root of your WP install. Database info there correct?

    – check your database via phpMyAdmin and see if the 7 tables needed for your Group Forums were generated. List of tables and screenshot

    Thanks for your help.

    The DB password was different in the bb-config file. I commented out the old one, put the one from the wp-config file in and there was no change. I’ve since commented out the second password and returned it to the original that the installation created in bb-config.

    All seven tables are there. I even manually inserted info into the DB under forums and it doesn’t see a forum exists.

    I just went to another directory, installed stand-alone bbPress but configured it to use the same DB as by bbPress installation. I pulled all the data from the stand alone tables and dumped it into the wp_bb tables. Still, even when browsing tables, buddyPress says there’s no forum.

    Still just trying to keep this current.

    In short: I can’t get forums working. Nothing I’ve tried works, not even suggestions (rather, the suggestion — thanks @mercime) here. It’s a rather fundamental element that is not working, and I’m about to give up on it and go look for alternatives.



    Sanity check:
    – WP 3.3.1 and BP
    – WP and BP installed at domain root?
    – You have changed to bp-default theme and deactivated all plugins except BuddyPress?
    – You want group forums so you don’t need the stand-alone forums installed and messing up with installation. Or are you trying to make the stand-alone forums work as group forums?
    – Linux or Windows server?


    WP 3.3.1 and BP — Check
    WP and BP installed at domain root — Check, sub-domain root
    Changed to bp-default theme / deactivated all plugins — Check
    Linux server

    Re: group/stand-alone — I installed stand-alone so that I could get some data for the DB. I thought if I just imported some existing data it might change something. I installed bbPress stand alone, created a topic or two with a post or two, exported all the data to a SQL file, changed then prefixes of the tables, and inserted it into the buddyPress/bbPress tables, then deleted the stand-alone installation. Through phpMyAdmin, there were clearly records in the tables; buddypress still said there were no forums, and I was still unable to create any forum post. I’ve since also deleted all records from the wp_bb_XXX tables.

    Current forum setup: “Forums for Groups” installed (under “Forums” tab at buddypress admin); Sitewide forums NOT installed; NO other plugins; default theme; everything is as Plain Jane as humanly possible. Still, same errors on submitting new forum topic: either: “This group doesn’t have a forum set up yet.” or “Please pick the group forum where you would like to post this topic” (which of course I did).

    I’ve no idea what it was. For the third time, I deleted everything, all the way down to deleting the subdomain, then re-created the subdomain and reinstalled everything. Forums are finally working. Sanity is restored. Thanks!



    Kudos @kingary for not giving up! :-)

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