BuddyPress Theme Development

Tammie Lister
October 21, 2013

130 pages

3 hours 54 minutes

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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  • 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

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.

  • 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
Page Count 130
Course Length 3 hours 54 minutes
ISBN 9781783281619
Date Of Publication 21 Oct 2013
Table of contents
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?
Steps for installing BuddyPress
Installing WordPress
A look at BuddyPress features
Using BuddyPress with a WordPress theme
Existing themes designed for BuddyPress
Customizing your theme using just CSS
Template hierarchy in BuddyPress
Working with WordPress
How BuddyPress themes work
Building the site
Getting the site built
Adding functionality
Advanced component loops
After the theme
Beyond the launch


Tammie Lister

Tammie Lister is a designer and theme developer. She's passionate about community design and mixing in psychology with design and development to create these communities. She is lucky enough to create a wide range of communities with her clients. Her background is both in design and development. She has worked as a freelancer for over 10 years from her own company called logicalbinary.com. She has spoken about BuddyPress and communities at WordCamps, BuddyCamps, and other conferences. Her contributions to BuddyPress include being part of the community theme for BuddyPress, UI, and a new template pack. She also has a sketchbook where she explores and experiments with BuddyPress at buddydesignlabs.com. Special thanks goes to the editorial team that made this book happen. A large thank you goes out to Alison Barrett, Brian Messenlehner, and Paul Gibbs, who gave their time as technical reviewers. This book is dedicated to the core team behind BuddyPress for all their work. A huge thanks also goes out to everyone that contributed in any way in the project. BuddyPress is made up of the people involved so thank you. I'd also like to thank my editors and reviewers for helping make this book the best it could be. Last but not least a thank you goes to my husband Simon for understanding my passion for writing this book and open source projects.