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Will activating buddypress wipe out my WP theme

  • jon



    I would like to install the Buddypress plugin on my WordPress site but I’m worried it will wipe out my existing theme for the default Buddypress theme.

    Is this the case, or will the Svelt theme I’m using be able to integrate the Buddypress features. Because of the nature of my blog, I find Svelt is the best.

    Thank you


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  • Boone Gorges


    There are a couple ways to make themes for BuddyPress.

    One way is to make a child theme for bp-default. Instructions can be found here: This is a good option because it’s relatively simple, but it will restrict you to some extent to the general structure of the bp-default theme.

    Another way is to integrate BP features into your own Svelt theme. The BuddyPress Template Pack will help you do that. Basically, it provides the extra templates necessary (on top of your existing WP templates) to run BuddyPress functionality. Follow the Template Pack instructions carefully on a test installation, and see what you think. Once you’ve gone through the Template Pack setup, you can start customizing the way that BP integrates with your theme to your liking – but BPTP will give you a nice headstart.



    Thank you Boone.

    I wlll try the PBTP tonight.

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