Beginner’s Guide to BuddyPress

Beginner’s Guide to BuddyPress

If you were successfully able to install WPMU using our Super Easy 10 Step WPMU installation guide earlier this week, you are now only minutes away from having a fully operational social networking site using BuddyPress.

BuddyPress recently had a change in its theming architecture and is now utilizing child themes. The installation process remains quite simple. We will do a feature on BuddyPress theming in the near future to cover that in more depth. This guide covers the basics of getting BuddyPress up and running.

This tutorial uses:
WPMU Version 2.8.5.2
BuddyPress Version 1.1.2

1 Install WPMU.

2 Go to your Plugins menu in the dashboard of your installation, click “Add New.” Search for and download BuddyPress

3 Activate the plugin: Plugins >> Installed

4 Open up your FTP client and navigate to wp-content/plugins/buddypress/bp-themes/ . You will need to move these two directories: “bp-default” and “bp-sn-parent” to the wp-content/themes folder.

5 Activate the default BuddyPress theme by going to Site Admin > Themes in your dashboard. Select “Yes” next to “BuddyPress Default Theme”. Then you can activate the theme by going to Appearance > Themes. You should now see it listed there and just click activate.

Congratulations, you now have BuddyPress fully installed and activated!

BuddyPress Installation Screencast:

Painless, right?

How do you set up Forums?

This used to be a huge pain in the ass, but now it’s a one click install. My jaw dropped when I first heard about this, because you can spend an entire evening pulling your hair out over a bbPress integration. Your life just got one million times better. Adding a bbPress to your installation is so easy. Yes, anyone can do it:

Go to Dashboard > BuddyPress > Forums Setup. Click the button to install a new forum or integrate an existing forum.

bbpress

What to do next?

Check out your Buddypress options at: Dashboard > BuddyPress. From here you will be able to select options pertinent to wordpress profile syncing, avatar uploads, admin bar, member permissions, and profile fields. You can also select components of the plugin that you’d like to enable or disable, depending on the needs of your community.

Your page is going to look a little empty because you need to add widgets to your front page. Go to Appearance > Widgets and drag and drop the BuddyPress widgets where you want them. Click save on each and refresh your homepage to see the changes.

How do I Uninstall BuddyPress?

Maybe you installed BuddyPress but decided against it and want to completely remove it from your installation. There is no simple Uninstall button. You will need to follow these steps to make sure that all the files are removed and there is no trace of it left in the database:

Step 1. Change your site’s theme to a non-buddypress theme.
Step 2. Deactive the BuddyPress plugin
Step 3. Remove the plugin files.
Step 4. Remove the BuddyPress themes you added to the wp-content directory
Step 5. Remove the wp_bp_* tables from the database. You can find all of these tables using phpmyadmin and then just check them and click drop. Or you can drop them by running queries similar to this:
DROP TABLE bp_activity_sitewide ;
DROP TABLE bp_activity_user_activity ;
DROP TABLE bp_activity_user_activity_cached ;
DROP TABLE bp_friends ;
DROP TABLE bp_groups ;
…and so on for all the BuddyPress tables.

How can I set up BuddyPress Locally?

There are some simple steps outlined at the buddypress.org website, along with a screencast:
http://codex.buddypress.org/getting-started/setting-up-a-new-installation/

Where can I find plugins to extend BuddyPress?

http://buddypress.org/extend/plugins/
https://premium.wpmudev.org
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/search.php?q=buddypress

How do I install a BuddyPress Theme?

A quick tutorial can be found here:
https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/how-to-install-buddypress-themes/

Where can I go for troubleshooting my installation?

Common BuddyPress Issues and Errors:
http://webdevstudios.com/blog/how-to-install-buddypress-and-common-troubleshooting-tips/

bbPress Forums:
http://bbpress.org/forums

BuddyPress Forums:
http://buddypress.org/forums