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{SOLVED} Do I need WordPress MU to Get Blogs on BuddyPress?

  • Hi!

    Just spending a lot of time trying to get my BP powered site up and fitted with the functionality I need.

    I have been going through the plugins and some screenshots of the admin I see are quite different to my installation. I was wondering, do I need to start from scratch and install WPMU to get blogs for all my members? I

    I really love the way that the user profiles look here at the site. Things make sense… in my current site I’m rather confused. Not sure if this is because of the template I am using? I can’t get the bbPress forums to work at all. I am struggling a bit. Granted this is my first go at using BP, so I am thirsty to learn all I can.

    So my questions are:
    1.) How do I get blogs for all my members?
    2.) How can I get a forum similar to the one here at
    3.) How can I get more intuitive user profile pages?


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  • If you’re using /installed WP 3.0 that now combines single site and mutli site (blogs) in the one package however you do have to perform some manual file adjustments to enable multisite functionality in the backend from where you then follow the instructions to complete installation.

    You can follow this guide to setting up multi sites:

    As for BP forums have you enabled them in the backend? if you look in the dashboard at the BP section menu links you will see a link to ‘Forums Setup’.

    Profiles is perhaps more a question of personal taste? I personally wouldn’t say that the profile of the default theme is particularly unintuitive, but that isn’t to say there isn’t room for improvement; obviously one can re-configure it somewhat if one uses a child theme and copies the files over to work on; also thre are a few newish plugins to add things like ‘User Stats’ and or ‘Follwers/Follwing’

    Hi hnla,

    I am using WP3.0 (a fresh install). I will follow the guide to get multisites via the link you left… really I just want everyone to have a blog if that’s possible and get all the recent entries to show on the home page.

    As for the forums… yes I have enabled them in the backend, see screenshot here >>
    I’m wondering if you might have time to register and test this? It’s odd.. the post just disappears into the ether. The site is at

    The profile on the default theme is fine! It’s the other theme I had that made things completely nonsensical (it’s not a BP theme, just a regular theme with a plugin to give BP function… but it’s not good!). It just was terrible. Couldn’t make any sense of anything in user profiles.

    I’ve switched to the default theme. It’s not as ‘pretty’ as my other theme that I had, but it sure makes a lot more sense. I am not yet at the stage of themeing.. this is my first run at using BuddyPress… so I’m learning all of it on the fly (like most people who come here I guess).

    If I could just get the forum posts to work, I’d be set….

    Thanks so much for the help!

    Have you definitely gone to the ‘Forums Setup’ link and activated/installed bbpress integration, not so much the component setup link/page.


    From what I can see on the backend, it’s set up.

    See screenshot:

    It says: “bbPress forum integration in BuddyPress has been set up correctly. If you are having problems you can re-install

    NOTE: The forums directory will only work if your bbPress tables are in the same database as your WordPress tables. If you are not using an existing bbPress install you can ignore this message.”

    Any ideas? It’s really a weird thing!

    Also, just tried to disable all plugins to see if there was a conflict, but even with all plugins (except BP) deactivated, I can not make a forum post.

    I have actually done a fresh install of WP to enable the network and so far it seems to work. I have to test it out to see if every user gets their own blog. Not really sure how it all works with BP.

    When I did the fresh install the forums worked. It must have been some sort of error on my part or a conflict as I had done a lot of messing about to get a nicer theme. This time I used a fresh install of WP, activated Network and then used BP default theme. I will have to spend some time learning BP themeing to get a nicer looking theme for my site. That will take some time I am sure.

    Thanks for all your help!

    Glad it’s solved, I was planning to create an account this morning to have a look but sounds like things are now ok.

    Best place to start – if you haven’t already – is the ‘Creating a child theme’ page

    Thank u hnla! Now I’m just struggling with the group blogs on my site.

    Thanks for that link. I’m going to have to do a lot of studying and hard work since I don’t code PHP. I really appreciate all your help!

    At the most straightforward level of theming you shouldn’t really need to get too involved at a PHP level, creating a child theme will simply allow you to start overwritting or adding your own CSS styles via the style.css sheet in your new theme directory while still using the default themes files and styles – but you perhaps realise that :)


    I have created child blogs on a wpmu/bp install.

    how do I get the child blog to integrate into the network? list forums/groups/profiles etc?

    It seems my child blogs are as if the BP/WPMU main site does not exist?


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