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Idea: Hybrid child theme ready for BuddyPress/WPMU social network « Community

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Idea: Hybrid child theme ready for BuddyPress/WPMU social network

  1. According to BuddyPress, one can use any theme without modifications. However, it doesn't quite work right. I would love to see Hybrid as the engine/main theme behind a site that uses BuddyPress and WPMU.

    I've tried to do it myself, but I just don't know very much. I see that you have to add buddypress-home theme files into hybrid theme files to be able to use it as the home theme of a buddypress site (plugin-sidebar.php and plugin-template.php) but then it seems like hybrid goes to no-sidebar. I also moved over some of the functions.php. And there are 404 errors. So it is not quite seamless and I'm not knowledgeable enough to do it myself.

    BuddyPress just went beta. I would think more and more people are/will be on the market for another home theme from which to build a social networking site. Hybrid would be an awesome theme engine to run a social network site, it just needs a couple more things (I think).

    If you were to consider putting out a Hybrid that is BuddyPress ready, I would like to see it pretty simple in style, so that one could skin it easily. I do allright with skins, just not with code.

    I am initially addressing this to Justin, but also to ask if anyone else would be interested in this. If there isn't interest, I will consider posting my request in the Jobs area to see about paying to have it done just for me.

  2. I do plan on developing themes for BuddyPress, but my main priority right now is themes for single-installs of WordPress.

    I've played around with it a bit and can see that getting into it would be beneficial for both me and the community.

  3. Then I guess I'll just play around with a skin of the current buddypress-home theme, while I wait for you to work your magic.

    Thanks for answering so quickly.

  4. An update to my idea. I have had success turning Hybrid into a BuddyPress home theme myself. It is all basic stuff; you, Justin, could do so much better.

    But it can be done. I wrote what I did on the BuddyPress forums: http://buddypress.org/forums/topic.php?id=587. I hope it is okay to share that link.

    When my site is ready, I'll be happy to show it off. But it isn't ready yet...

  5. Can you link to your efforts in this area? I know a new theme framework exists for BP1.1, but I'm interested in what you've done.

  6. @realistdreamer - I'm sorry to say that I did not pursue this project any further... I still run WPMU using Hybrid, but not BuddyPress.

  7. @wardeh - well, I dive headfirst into this in November and I'm sure I'll be in here looking for help from people like yourself. Still trying to get my arms around the best way to structure things given the two theme frameworks and probably overlapping templates.

    I'm pretty sure it can be done with hooks instead of directly altering templates, it's just I know better how to alter templates than I do use hooks. Guess it's time to learn the guts of Hybrid and WP at a new level.

  8. http://wpmu.org/buddypress-now-supports-wordpress-single-user-no-wpmu-required/

    Looks like BuddyPress can now be run on Single user WP installs.

  9. @ david it's way buggy and not for anything but testing. BP will probably work OK, but I'd watch out for BP plugins. I thought about using WP instead of WPMU for testing before the merge, but BP on WP won't really be supported until the merge is complete (3-6 months).

  10. @Justin - Any plans in the near-future to develop a BuddyPress theme or a plugin that makes Hybrid BuddyPress-compatible (if that's possible)?

    Thanks!

    UPDATE: I just found this thread: http://themehybrid.com/community/topic/hybrid-and-buddypress

    No need to reply to my post here. :)

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