We’ve already created the ultimate WordPress Holding page theme for you and that theme just got better with Holder BuddyPress – the ultimate holding page and starting theme for BuddyPress.
Tired of limited options when it comes to a starting theme or holding page? We were too so we created Holder BuddyPress.
Just want to get a community up and running and then work on your theme after? We hear you and that’s another reason we created Holder BuddyPress.
Tired of jumping through configuration options and theme choices? Just want a theme that works but has options to do so much more? Welcome to Holder BuddyPress.
Maintenance pages don’t work for BuddyPress so we took the holding page concept and ran with it straight into a fully fledged theme for BuddyPress but with all the simplicity it should have for a holding theme.
Lets take a look at some of the things we’ve added to this from the original Holder theme:
- 2 more themes making 15 themes in total. We added 2 seasonal themes as a bonus.
- Every theme updated to work with BuddyPress and bring it’s own styling to BuddyPress
- Styling improvements to all themes
- BuddyPress elements added to customization feature to create own style
- BuddyPress only sidebar
- Added WordPress built in background feature
- New language function to make multiple languages easier
- BuddyPress ready!
- Rebuilt and coded core files to optimize and make it easier to customize your own theme
Of course it comes with all the features of Holder such as:
- Built in templates and WordPress content styling – attachment, blog page, pages
- Simple SEO
- Multiple widgets areas
- Build your home page – you decide what to show
- Form code area (HTML compatible)
- Content areas
- WordPress 3.0 menus
- Google fonts
- Google analytics
- Branding options
- Create your own style from any other style as a starting point
- Social buttons – link in Flickr, RSS, Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo and Del.icio.us
… much more taking this beyond a holding theme and into one theme for a variety of purposes.
Installing a theme from WPMU DEV
1. Download the theme file
2. Unzip the file into a folder on your hard drive
3. 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.
4. Make sure your install path is correct for example:
5. 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.
6. Launch FileZilla or your FTP client – read more about using FTP and FTP clients here.
7. Enter your domain name, your username and password. NOTE: the same username and password that you use to log into your cPanel.
8. Click Quickconnect
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. As Super Admin user on WordPress Multisite you have the choice to enable:
a) The theme network wide so that all users can use the theme
b) Enable access to the theme on a per site basis
c) 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:
1. On your Network Admin dashboard click on the Themes menu
2. 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:
1. Locate the site you want to enable specific themes on by searching for the specific site by clicking on Sites > All Sites
2. Once you have located the site click on Edit (hovering your mouse over the domain name brings up the action menu)
3. 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.
1. Install the Supporter plugin as per the installation instructions.
2. Upload supporter-themes.php to wp-content/mu-plugins
How it works is:
1. 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
2. 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.
3. 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’