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BuddyPress Magazine Profile
BuddyPress Magazine Post
BuddyPress Magazine Full Home (Monotone / Grey)
BuddyPress Magazine Group Listings
BuddyPress Magazine Full Home (Orange)
BuddyPress Magazine Pre-set Color Options
BuddyPress Magazine Theme Full Configuration Options
BuddyPress Magazine Full Home (Pink)

Magazine is what happens when you combine the powerful community platform BuddyPress and the ease of publishing in WordPress.

Magazine brings a lot of the common magazine theme features such as a slideshow, featured categories, high impact design and media richness all wrapped up in 5 bright theme styles.

Hip, slick and unashamedly striking it’s BuddyPress Magazine.

BuddyPress Magazine

Here is a list of the features of BuddyPress Magazine:

  • Customizable welcome message
  • Post images without the need for custom fields and even set the size
  • Featured post slideshow on home page
  • Featured category section on home page
  • Configurable about text and title for home page
  • Different messages for members and non members on the home page
  • On or off rounding style
  • 5 high impact colorful theme styles
  • Create your own theme styles using the easy styling system
  • Parent and child themes allowing for easy updates
  • Theme options that mean no code editing to configure any feature on this theme

BuddyPress Magazine also comes not only with the default color scheme but 5 styles all as lightweight and colorful as the default one. If one of those preset styles doesn’t fit then you can easily create your own just by using our easy color picker.

BuddyPress Magazine preset

The home page in BuddyPress Magazine is set out to bring your content to the front with various feature sections, a slideshow and even space for custom text. You can set a message to show depending on if someone is a member of your site or not. It also comes with drop downs to make your navigation bar clutter free and give you plenty of room to grow your site.

BuddyPress Magazine features WPMU DEV’s images without custom fields function. This pulls through the first image in your post automatically and you can even set the size of this in the configurable feature category sections. It is set to be a background image to a html element so is fast, simple and elegant without the hassle of custom fields.

Unlike many other BuddyPress themes at WPMU DEV we make sure our themes give your site a total consistent look. We even theme the default BuddyPress pages. Take a look at the activity stream styling in BuddyPress Magazine:

BuddyPress Magazine activity

A WPMU DEV theme also ensures your blog posts look great with a range of text styles for your posts. Take a look at a sample blog post with the BuddyPress Magazine theme.

BuddyPress Magazine post

Check out the demo over at Themetastic.

Not only do you get a great theme, but at WPMU DEV you also get great support in our Community Board, Documentation, Videos and Live Chat.

WPMU DEV really is the place to go to get a great theme and feel safe in the knowledge no matter what you want to do with your site you’ve got the support to do it.

As with all the WPMU DEV themes BuddyPress Magazine is not only a BuddyPress theme it works with WordPress, Multisite and BuddyPress. All WPMU DEV themes also have child and parent themes, we don’t make you use one core parent or have to buy a framework like other companies, we let you create your own child themes with everyone of our themes. A WPMU DEV theme really is the only complete solution you need to theme your site.

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Installing a theme from WPMU DEV

Download the theme file.

Unzip the file into a folder on your hard drive.

Upload the folder to /wp-content/themes/folder on your site:

  • If you’re using multi-site you’ll need to visit Network Admin -> Themes and Activate it there.

Make sure your install path is correct for example:

/www/var/site/wp-content/themes/thethemename not

You’ll see several files and folders depending on the theme package.  Most themes contain a folder for the parent and child theme within the folder called themes.

Launch FileZilla or your FTP client – read more about using FTP and FTP clients here.

Enter your domain name, your username and password. NOTE: the same username and password that you use to log into your cPanel.

Click Quickconnect.

Upload both the parent theme folder and child theme folder to wp-content/themes/.

  • For example, with BuddyPress Daily theme you need to upload bp-daily and bp-daily-child to wp-content/themes/ (bp-daily folder is the parent theme folder)
  • With Gallery you need to upload gallery and gallery-child
    to wp-content/themes/ (gallery folder is the parent theme folder)
  • We provide child themes with themes to enable you to customize your own files without having those changes
    overwritten when we update a theme.
  • To find out more about parent and children themes please visit our guide to parent and child themes.

Uploading parent and child themes to your theme folder on your site

Dragging the theme folders from your computer into theme folder in your WordPress directory uploads these new themes to your WordPress install however they aren’t enabled on a WordPress Multisite install.

As Super Admin user on WordPress Multisite you have the choice to enable:

  1. The theme network wide so that all users can use the theme.
  2. Enable access to the theme on a per site basis.
  3. Use Supporter plugin via supporter-themes.php to make it available as a premium theme for supporter sites only

Enabling The Theme network wide

Here’s how to enable Sleek Photo network wide so that all your users can use the theme:

On your Network Admin dashboard click on the Themes menu.

Select Network Enable underneath the theme name to enable its access network wide.

To enable more than one theme at once:

Enabling themes on a per site basis

Any theme that has not been activated for the entire network can be activated on a site as follows:

Locate the site you want to enable specific themes on by searching for the specific site by clicking on Sites > All Sites

Once you have located the site click on Edit (hovering your mouse over the domain name brings up the action menu)

Click the Themes tab.

Only themes that haven’t been enabled network wide appear on the site theme list.

You can also enable more than one theme at the same time:

Using Supporter Plugin for Premium Themes

The supporter plugin allows you to select premium themes for supporter sites only.

The idea is you make the best and nicest themes available on supporter sites so users will want to sign up to access the themes.

To install:

Install the Supporter plugin as per the installation instructions.

Upload supporter-themes.php to wp-content/mu-plugins.

How it works is:

A Premium Themes page is added to Settings > Supporter in the Network Admin dashboard, where you can select the themes that you want to enable for Supporter sites only.

  • Only themes that haven’t been enabled network wide on Network Admin >Themes will be listed on this page

A Premium Themes sub-menu item is added to the dashboard of all sites under both Supporter and Appearance – but only users using
supporter site can activate a Premium theme.

Whereas users on non-supporter sites can see all the Premium themes but can’t activate them – instead they see a message saying
‘This feature is limited to supporters only’.

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