Installing your theme

  1. Install WordPress.
  2. Install the BuddyPress plugin.
  3. Purchase the BuddyBoss theme.
  4. Upload the BuddyBoss folder via the WordPress admin or via FTP to your wp-content/themes/ directory.
  5. Remove the plugin “BP Template Pack” if you have it installed. This plugin produces error messages when used with a BuddyPress theme.
  6. Log in to your WordPress dashboard and select Appearance > Themes.
  7. Activate the BuddyBoss theme.

Allowing users to create accounts

  1. Go to Settings > General.
  2. Select “Anyone can register” under Membership.

Forums Setup

  1. Go to BuddyPress > Forums Setup.
  2. Follow the on-page instructions to setup forum integration.
  3. When you create or edit a group, make sure “Enable discussion forum” is checked in the group’s Settings section.

Main Blog Setup

  1. Go to Pages > Add New.
  2. Create a new page and name it “Blog” or whatever you want your blog page to be titled.
  3. Go to Settings > Reading.
  4. Set your newly created page as the “Posts page.”
  5. Your blog posts (created at Posts > Add New) should now feed into this blog page.

Adding your Logo

  1. Go to the BuddyBoss menu in your Dashboard.
  2. Upload your own logo. Make sure to click “Upload”.
  • Important: Make sure your wp-content/uploads folder is writeable (set permissions to 755 or 777).
  • If Multisite is enabled: Go to Network Admin (top right) > Settings >Upload Settings and make sure “Images” is checked under Media upload buttons.

Activating the profile “Wall”

  1. Go to BuddyPress > Component Setup.
  2. Make sure both “Friends” and “Activity Streams” are enabled.
  3. Go to the BuddyBoss menu in your Dashboard.
  4. Make sure “Wall Component” is enabled.
  • Important: When you first install the theme, you may need to disable the Wall Component and then enable it again.
  • How it works: The Wall is cleverly disguising Activity @mentions as Wall posts, so all Wall posts are stored in the default “bp_activity” database table.

Embeddable videos/pictures in the “Wall”

  1. Install the “oEmbed for BuddyPress” plugin.
  2. Users can now embed videos by entering the video’s URL into their Wall from YouTube, Vimeo and many others.
  3. Users can now embed pictures by entering the picture’s URL into their Wall from Flickr, Photobucket and many others.

Advanced member search

  1. Install the “BP Profile Search” plugin.
  2. Go to BuddyPress > Profile Search.
  3. “Search Form Header” can be blank. Whatever you put in there will not be used.
  4. “Show/Hide Form” checkbox must not be checked. We need this to be disabled.
  5. Check all of the profile fields you would like to be searchable.
  • If Multisite is enabled: You may need to apply this patch to the BP Profile Search plugin.

Default user avatars

  1. Go to BuddyPress > General Settings.
  2. Set Default User Avatar to “Mystery Man”. The BuddyBoss custom avatar will replace the default mystery man.

Blog posts as homepage

  1. Go to Settings > Reading and select Your Latest Posts for the front page.

Page as homepage

  1. Create a page in WordPress to be used as your homepage.
  2. Create another page in WordPress to be used as your blog. Do not add content to the page as it will not be used. Content will be fed in from your blog posts.
  3. Go to Settings > Reading and select the home page you created as the “Front page”. Then select the blog page you created as the “Posts page”.

Activity Stream as homepage

  1. Create a page in WordPress to be used as your blog. Do not add content to the page as it will not be used. Content will be fed in from your blog posts.
  2. Go to Settings > Reading and select Activity Stream as the “Front page”. Then select the blog page you created as the “Posts page”.
27 Responses
    1. Hello, please I need help with my buddypress activity stream. I want to make the activity stream wide like LinkedIn and Facebook. How do I do that?

  1. Just installed, and just giving it a workout, I see that photos upload and will show on the “wall”, but they don’t show up in the photos list under a profile: says none found.

  2. Hello,

    I would like to integrate BuddyBoss with my existing WP site. I’m using Thesis with a custom skin child theme. Can you suggest the best way to do this? Should I use the BuddyPress Template Pack to build compatibility with my existing Thesis theme?

  3. Hi, I am soon publishing a buddypress +S2 members website and I am considering using Buddyboss for its wall function. I am using bp1.5.5 on a wp 3.4 platform, single site. Can you tell me if or when it will be compatible to use please?

    1. Eroll, Are you certain you installed the proper forums. When you install BuddyPress you have the option to install group forums, site wide forums or both. Please use the support forums for future support issues for a prompt response to your issues.

    1. At the top of the login box on the top left of the home page, you’ll see it.

      Personally, I think there should be more to it, maybe where the admin bar appears when logged in.

        1. Sorry, having brain problems right now (it’s stopped working).

          Where do I do this? I took a look in the settings area, but couldn’t see it.

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