Installing a Compatible Theme
After you activate BuddyPress, you’ll get this message under the header of the Plugins page:
BuddyPress is ready. You'll need to activate a BuddyPress compatible theme to take advantage of all of the features. We've bundled a default theme, but you can always install some other compatible themes or upgrade your existing WordPress theme.
Activate a BuddyPress compatible theme
This link goes to your admin themes page where you can activate the bp-default theme to test drive the different BuddyPress components that you, as Super/Site Admin, chose to enable for your community.
If you want to modify or customize the bp-default theme, build a child theme instead to ensure that your revisions will not be overwritten when you upgrade BuddyPress.
Install some other compatible themes
This link goes to a special theme installation page listing all BuddyPress-compatible themes and child themes of the bp-default theme which have been accepted in the WordPress Themes repository and are ready to install and activate in your site.
1. BuddyPress themes and bp-default child themes are also available at:
2. Make sure that the theme you want to install is compatible with the WordPress/BuddyPress versions you have activated in your installation.
- BP 1.1.3 compatible themes are not compatible with BP 1.2+ installations.
- New functions/features contained in WP 3.0 compatible themes will not work with WP/MU 2.9.2 installations
Upgrade your existing WordPress theme
This link goes to a new BuddyPress admin panel where you can automatically install the BP Template Pack plugin to integrate BuddyPress component templates into your active WordPress theme.