We had not really looked at BuddyPress because as theme developers we create themes for WordPress, but recently BuddyPress has become a plugin for WordPress and is supported in the single setup user without the need for Multi-User.
So we started to have a look at installing BuddyPress, the process was to install the BuddyPress plugin which has three steps, one includes editing the .config file so it is not quite plug and play.
After we had configured BuddyPress we went to look for a theme without finding one we really liked, so we thought it could not be to hard to merge BuddyPress into our own theme, or could it?
This is a Twenty Ten ‘child theme’ and requires WordPress 3 or later and the Twenty Ten default theme to work.
This download includes three zipped files in a folder, the theme and two plugins, one plugin has been modified to work with this theme.
Download: Twenty Ten - BuddyPress (1864)
After installing BuddyPress and looking at the BuddyPress default theme, we thought we would use the Twenty Ten and this theme plugin that transfered support files across to the wannabe BuddyPress theme.
We had a look at the BuddyPress plugin page as there would be a lot of work in upgrading a theme, and found this super sliding menu plugin so we do not have to add menu items for our website.
But on testing we found a couple of menu item Join Group and Meet Friends did not work in our child theme setup, and there was also no support for the bbPress forums that we had added to our BuddyPress installation, but we have updated the plugin in the download to make these work.
All was going well unit we looked at the registration page and the layout was all over the place, when the theme plugin transfered the template page files across the style was lost, we went to the BuddyPress default themes folder and added the styles from there to our own child themes style.css, where we just updated the colors to match the twenty ten theme.
We tested a few of the other pages and all was well, but we wanted a different sidebar for our BuddyPress Members, so they could make use of the BuddyPress widgets, we wanted this to be private so anyone not logged in could not see the members information.
We added an extra sidebar in the functions.php and updated the sidebar.php to look to see if the visitor is logged in and if the sidebar is active, this is not just a BuddyPress modification but could be used on another website with two sidebars one targetting members the other non members.
Here is the home page when the member is signed in, as you can see the sidebar has changed to show who is online.
This module has not been fully tested, deactivation of the BuddyPress Plugins did not cause any problem, however test on a local setup and do not transport to a live website until you are sure everything works.
- Install the BuddyPress Plugin and Activate
- Install the two plugins in the Download and Activate
- Install and Activate the Theme
We will post another a how-to tutorial on merging BuddyPress into other themes within the next few days, this will be using a child theme and the Plugins used in this theme, so if you are not using child themes now is a good time to do some research.
Sarah Gooding who wrote the Sliding Menu Plugin
Alessandro Raffa who wrote the Remove BuddyPress Admin Bar Plugin
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