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WordPress themes vs buddypress themes

  • Can you use normal wordpress themes as user themes in buddypress or are the themes different?

    What would be needed to change a wordpress theme into a buddypress theme?

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  • Thanks Andy for the link. I do find it a bit confusing how the current themes are working.

    If I understand it correctly, all the “My Account” pages are defined in the user theme, while they should be, in mine opinion at least, be in the home theme. The reason why I think this, is because it are all pages which aren’t linked to the users blog. Most people probably want to give these pages the same look and feel as the home page.

    For the user themes, I would expect to only find things which are related to the users blog.

    Personally I would like to give my members a selection of themes where they can choose from for their blog, so they can individualize it a bit. As far as I have been able to figure out, that isn’t possible yet.

    When you would have the possibility for members to select a theme for their blog, it would only make more sense to have all those pages like the “My Account” pages in the home theme.

    But that’s just my 2 cents. I would love to read your opinion about it.

    I’m not sure what you mean. It’s possible for users to choose traditional WordPress themes for their blogs, while using BuddyPress themes for the BuddyPress-related stuff. I struggled with this too, but if you read the instructions for the individual theme downloads, it makes more sense. The instructions for the package download don’t exactly make it clear.

    So, I’ve got a BuddyPress home theme with its own name, a BuddyPress member theme (which is required), and then a traditional WP theme I’ve set to “default” (by changing its directory name to “default”), which is the default things for user blogs. And I will also have a selection of traditional themes that users can switch their blogs to.

    Good luck!


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