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BuddyPress Theme Development

Tammie Lister

The BuddyPress suite of social networking components – made the WordPress way – will be even more attractive if you give it a fully customized theme. This book shows you how straightforward and enjoyable the process can be.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781783281619
Paperback130 pages

About This Book

  • Learn the anatomy of a BuddyPress theme
  • Be guided through BuddyPress theme development from conceptualization to testing
  • Go beyond designing and work with additional functionalities

Who This Book Is For

This book is great for designers and developers who are looking to learn how to develop BuddyPress themes. It’s assumed that the reader has some understanding of Wordpress and is familiar with CSS and HTML.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: State of Play of BuddyPress Themes
What is BuddyPress?
What is a theme?
How BuddyPress themes used to work
Responsive design
In the wild – BuddyPress custom themes
What are the options while creating a theme?
Chapter 2: Going Default – Installing BuddyPress
Steps for installing BuddyPress
Installing WordPress
A look at BuddyPress features
Using BuddyPress with a WordPress theme
Chapter 3: Beyond Default – What Can You Do?
Existing themes designed for BuddyPress
Customizing your theme using just CSS
Template hierarchy in BuddyPress
Chapter 4: BuddyPress File Structure, Templates, and Loops
Working with WordPress
How BuddyPress themes work
Chapter 5: Let's Get Building
Building the site
Getting the site built
Chapter 6: Beyond the Look – Hooks, Functions, and Afterwards
Adding functionality
Advanced component loops
After the theme
Beyond the launch

What You Will Learn

  • Develop your own customized BuddyPress theme
  • Use CSS to make changes to theme compatibility
  • Create custom templates for BuddyPress components
  • Build your own widgets to use in your theme
  • Run theme-checks on your themes

In Detail

BuddyPress is a plugin for WordPress that allows you to create communities. BuddyPress themes, whilst based on WordPress, have a lot of extra templates that set them apart. Having a custom theme for your community has numerous benefits, so learning how to create a theme is a great step in your BuddyPress journey.

BuddyPress Theme Development is part rough guide and part practical, hands-on tutorial. It will give you an insight into the state of BuddyPress themes and will take you beyond a simple theme into a world of custom possibilities. This book begins with a look at the state of BuddyPress themes available on the Internet, including themes using responsive web design. It will then walk you through the various theme options from theme compatibility through to child themes and creating a custom theme.

You will also learn how to create your own theme from conception through to testing and launch. You will also add functionality to enhance your community and learn how to theme-check your theme before release. If you want to design BuddyPress themes, this is the book for you.

With this book, you will learn everything you need to know to get started with BuddyPress theme development and begin to create your own themes.


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