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Theme Compatibility – Customizing

BuddyPress 1.7 has built-in theme support. All required elements such as front-end editing are included. This means that all functionality will work, even when a theme has no specific BuddyPress templates or code included with it.

All BuddyPress compat can be overridden using a theme or another plugin. Check bp-theme-compat template wrappers for what a normal theme should include.

To customize BuddyPress:
The directory “wp-content/plugins/buddypress/bp-templates/bp-legacy/” contains the directories “buddypress”, “css” and “js”, and the file “buddypress-functions.php”.

Edit the new files for complete control over BuddyPress display in your theme.

Don’t need theme compatibility?

If you are using a theme that was built for an earlier version of BuddyPress, then your theme already supports BuddyPress and you won’t need BP’s theme compatibility. Your theme can tell BuddyPress not to load the theme compat layer by putting the following line in functions.php:

add_theme_support( 'buddypress' );

For more details, see this post on the BP development blog.