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.
To customize BuddyPress:
wp-content/plugins/buddypress/bp-templates/bp-legacy/ contains the directories
js, and the file
buddypresscontains template files; copy any you want to modify into a directory named
buddypressin your theme’s root. eg.
csscontains style sheets; copy any you want to modify into a directory named
cssin your theme’s root. eg.
Edit the new files for complete control over BuddyPress display in your theme.
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.