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Creating BuddyPress Supported Theme and Modifying Templates

BuddyPress – a free social network WP plugin made it possible for you to use social networking features in a WordPress site. In this article, you will learn how to create BuddyPress supported Theme and modify the default BuddyPress templates.

Before creating a BuddyPress Theme, you must know how to create a WordPress theme. Below is the default hierarchy of BuddyPress template files:

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Creating a New BuddyPress Supported Theme

For creating a new BuddyPress Theme, you need to create a buddypress folder in your Theme’s folder and then copy all the folders from buddypress plugin folder wp-content/plugins/buddypress/bp-legacy/buddypress to your new Theme’s buddypress folder wp-content/themes/custom-buddypress-theme/buddypress/.

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Now, you can redesign and modify the buddypress templates according to your website design. For example if you want to modify members templates, go to the single folder wp-content/themes/custom-buddypress-theme/buddypress/members/single.

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From this single folder, you can modify any template like friends, messages, and profile, etc.

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Modifying BuddyPress Parent Theme Template

For modifying BuddyPress Parent Theme (which is already created by BuddyPress theme), you need to create a Child Theme. If you will not create a Child Theme, you can lose all the modifications when you upgrade your theme to a new version.

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Now you can paste the template (which you want to modify) into Child Theme’s buddypress folder wp-content/themes/custom-buddypress-theme-child/buddypress/.

For example if you want to modify the activity template, you can paste the activity folder wp-content/themes/custom-buddypress-theme/buddypress/activity from Parent  to Child Theme’s buddypress folder wp-content/themes/custom-buddypress-theme-child/buddypress/activity.

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