By Tammie Lister

The BuddyPress suite of social networking elements – made the WordPress approach – should be much more beautiful in the event you supply it a completely personalized subject matter. This publication indicates you ways user-friendly and relaxing the method can be.


  • Learn the anatomy of a BuddyPress theme
  • Be guided via BuddyPress subject improvement from conceptualization to testing
  • Go past designing and paintings with extra functionalities

In Detail

BuddyPress is a plugin for WordPress for you to create groups. BuddyPress subject matters, while in response to WordPress, have loads of additional templates that set them aside. Having a customized subject matter to your neighborhood has a number of advantages, so studying the best way to create a topic is a brilliant step on your BuddyPress journey.

BuddyPress topic improvement is an element tough advisor and half useful, hands-on instructional. it is going to provide you with an perception into the nation of BuddyPress topics and should take you past an easy subject matter right into a international of customized percentages. This e-book starts off with a glance on the country of BuddyPress issues on hand on the net, together with subject matters utilizing responsive website design. it's going to then stroll you thru many of the subject recommendations from subject compatibility via to baby topics and making a customized theme.

You also will methods to create your individual subject matter from belief via to checking out and release. additionally, you will upload performance to reinforce your neighborhood and easy methods to theme-check your subject matter earlier than unlock. with a view to layout BuddyPress topics, this is often the e-book for you.

With this publication, you are going to research every little thing you must be aware of to start with BuddyPress subject improvement and start to create your individual themes.

What you'll examine from this book

  • Develop your personal personalized BuddyPress theme
  • Use CSS to make alterations to topic compatibility
  • Create customized templates for BuddyPress components
  • Build your individual widgets to take advantage of on your theme
  • Run theme-checks in your themes


This e-book is a hands-on instructional advisor to utilizing BuddyPress.

Who this ebook is written for

This booklet is excellent for designers and builders who're trying to methods to boost BuddyPress topics. It’s assumed that the reader has a few figuring out of WordPress and knows CSS and HTML.

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Extra info for BuddyPress Theme Development

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Once it's installed you'll have the option to activate or go back to the plugin list. That's BuddyPress installed! org/installation-wizard/ Configuring BuddyPress Whichever way you installed BuddyPress, you now need to do some configuration. These will set up BuddyPress for you: Set your permalinks to anything apart from the default as shown in the following screenshot:This shows the permalink settings Choose what components you want to use as shown in the following screenshot. These are the features of BuddyPress.

Php : your html footer content and resusable footer code. , and we're now going to look at how this works in a WordPress theme. WordPress looks for templates of a particular name in your theme to produce a particular output. It will look for a first match, then move down the hierarchy to a file you have in your theme. php, this is the default at the bottom of the hierarchy. php? php. Another example would be the home page. php. It moves down to the file you have in your theme. org/Template_Hierarchy.

The key to this is keeping a very specific order. Remember the order for CSS and JavaScript files? For templates, BuddyPress will first try and find the sub folder then under that look for the feature folders. php For the rest of the examples in this book we're going to use the sub folder buddypress/ for ease of description. Adding a custom BuddyPress component customization to a child theme We're going to do some changes to the activity main page. For our customization, we're going to add a "look at me" block above the main activity area.

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