We do not have such a guide for best practices on the commonsinabox.org site.
It’s up to you to engage your community and to foster discussion. We only provide the tools! 🙂
Perhaps you can post a question in your forums once a day or week depending on how large your user base is and to encourage your users to reply to these questions?
This sounds related to the problem you have with the forums:
Once you solve that issue, this one would probably fix itself.
It sounds like there is a problem with your bbPress or WordPress installation. Perhaps you need to refresh your site’s permalinks on the “Settings > Permalinks” page and maybe the forum post form will start working again?
Since we bundle bbPress, which provides the forum aspect to Commons In A Box, you should post on the bbPress forums to get…[Read more]
BuddyPress cannot be network-deactivated, otherwise network plugins relying on BuddyPress will not work correctly such as BP Groupblog, BP Group Email Subscription (if you are using BP Groupblog for groupblog posts and email subscriptions) and BP Activity Privacy.
Also blog activity recording into the BP activity stream would no longer work.
At its most basic, the CBOX Theme is a WordPress theme with some built-in BuddyPress support and an advanced configuration panel.
You should look to use any WordPress theme since universal theme compatibility was added to BuddyPress quite a few releases ago. You might have to adjust some of the CSS to match your chosen theme…[Read more]
Ray replied to the topic Submenu icons (iconSweets) broken when WP not installed at site root in the forum Help & Support 5 months, 1 week ago
Thanks for the report.
It looks like the same issue as this one:
Hopefully, we can put together a fix for the next maintenance release.
I can confirm this is a bug when the “Group Forum Default Tab” option is not selected under the CBOX admin dashboard’s “Settings” page.
We should make it so forum posting works regardless if that option is checked or not.
Can you create an issue on our GitHub Issues…[Read more]
Did you make any template overrides to the CBOX Theme in a child theme?
If not, try removing /wp-content/themes/cbox-theme/ and reinstalling from the CBOX dashboard.
You can also try switching your theme to one of the WordPress “Twenty” yearly themes to see if you can view the submit button.
Thanks for finding this bug. We’re in the process of addressing this.
In the meantime, you can download the CBOX Theme from our Github repo:
Unzip the folder and rename to
cbox-themeand then upload this folder to
Update: We’ve released CBOX…[Read more]
Let’s Encrypt currently doesn’t support wildcard subdomains. They plan on adding this feature in January 2018:
So, at the moment, you would probably have to register each subdomain individually with LE and then you should be able to use SSL on those subdomains when…[Read more]
One way to strengthen your WordPress install is to disable PHP execution from the /wp-content/uploads/ folder.
You can view this article to find out how to do so:
Most malware gets uploaded there and executed. The problem is finding out how these files are uploaded there…[Read more]
Ray replied to the topic BuddyPress wiki doesn’t seem to play nicely with WordPress multisite in the forum Help & Support 8 months, 2 weeks ago
From what you say here:
Our expectation was that we’d be able to support multiple, discrete commons setups from a single WordPress install. However, we’re seeing some odd behavior.
It sounds like you require the WordPress Multi-Network plugin:
Plus, another BuddyPress plugin that sup…[Read more]
I forgot to mention your first point about staying safe.
I would disable access to WP’s
xmlrpc.php. Unless you’re using specific functionality from the Jetpack plugin or if you blog with the WP mobile app, you do not need to enable this functionality, which can be used to post spam and attack administrator passwords.
Similarly, you’d…[Read more]
Sorry to hear your site got hacked.
To uninstall CBOX, just deactivate the plugin, then you can deactivate and remove all the other plugins that came with CBOX.
You can keep using the theme, but you’ll need to manually check for updates yourself on GitHub:
If you need to enqueue scripts and CSS files from Bootstrap, look into how WordPress does it:
You would include these calls in your child theme’s
Personally, if you need to enqueue Bootstrap, I would create a new theme entirely or use an existing…[Read more]
You would probably receive more responses if you posted your topic on the wordpress.org support forums:
You could also check the wordpress.org plugins repository and see if there is a plugin that matches your criteria:
I would roll back your custom modifications to the
footer.phptemplates and try to duplicate your problem.
Then, reintroduce your mods one at a time to try and find what code could be causing the issue.
But, it sounds looks like your users are not experiencing the problem any more.
Ray replied to the topic Site Directory only shows public blogs (broken out of previous multi-issue post) in the forum Help & Support 1 year, 1 month ago
1. Not sure, but if you are not going to be using any other WordPress privacy plugins that is using the
'public'column, then you should be safe.
2. If you are modifying the
class-bp-blogs-blog.phpfile directly, then yes you could run into trouble later.
3. Look into using
wp-content/plugins/bp-custom.phpinstead of your theme’s
Your problem was the same as Daniel’s and I was able to find the problem.
Can you read my post here and follow the instructions?
I was able to trace the problem and have added a fix here:
Can you temporarily make that change to
wp-content/themes/cbox-theme/engine/includes/buddypress-cbox.phpand see if that works for you?
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@musicmovement – Awhile ago you asked about how to create a CBOX child theme. The documentation for creating a CBOX child theme has just been updated by our theme developers: http://commonsinabox.org/documentation/themes/developer-guide Give it a readthrough and post a new topic if you encounter any problems. View