Set our flag to determine whether theme compat should be enabled.


Theme compat is disabled when a theme meets one of the following criteria: 1) It declares BP support with add_theme_support( ‘buddypress’ ) 2) It is bp-default, or a child theme of bp-default 3) A legacy template is found at members/members-loop.php. This is a fallback check for themes that were derived from bp-default, and have not been updated for BP 1.7+; we make the assumption that any theme in this category will have the members-loop.php template, and so use its presence as an indicator that theme compatibility is not required


(bool) True if the current theme needs theme compatibility.


File: bp-core/bp-core-theme-compatibility.php

function bp_detect_theme_compat_with_current_theme() {
	if ( isset( buddypress()->theme_compat->use_with_current_theme ) ) {
		return buddypress()->theme_compat->use_with_current_theme;

	// Theme compat enabled by default.
	$theme_compat = true;

	// If the theme supports 'buddypress', bail.
	if ( current_theme_supports( 'buddypress' ) ) {
		$theme_compat = false;

	// If the theme doesn't support BP, do some additional checks.
	} else {
		// Bail if theme is a derivative of bp-default.
		if ( in_array( 'bp-default', array( get_template(), get_stylesheet() ) ) ) {
			$theme_compat = false;

		// Brute-force check for a BP template.
		// Examples are clones of bp-default.
		} elseif ( locate_template( 'members/members-loop.php', false, false ) ) {
			$theme_compat = false;

	// Set a flag in the buddypress() singleton so we don't have to run this again.
	buddypress()->theme_compat->use_with_current_theme = $theme_compat;

	return $theme_compat;


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