Buddy Press Group Blog Plugin & Buddy Press p2 theme issues
September 4, 2014 at 6:03 pm #5088
I have successfully installed BuddyPress Groupblog (after converting the site to multisite) I am also running Commons in a Box and collabpress (though I have collabpress deactivated)
I am having two issues.
1) In the BuddyPress Groupblog settings it specifies a specific Buddy Press Theme, and I have not been able to find it.
In the settings is says specifically“Template Page Layout: Layout options are only available for the “P2 BuddyPress” Theme. Please select the “P2 Buddypress” theme on the “Theme” tab in order to choose a layout. Additionally the Redirect option needs to be set to “Template Page”
I did some searching and I found Boone B Gorges Git Hub but cannot make sense of “what” I should download. It looks like some work was done like 4 years ago and then again last year.
Anyone have an idea what I should be downloading, and doing to install that theme? I am not finding it in the wordpress site either.
2) I do have the Group Blog up and runnning. When I create a group I am able to give that group a blog, but when I finish setting up the group I end up with “another site” rather than a “traditional group” There is a page with a blog, but no menu giving folks access to the other group areas. I am not sure what I am suppose to do with that? My only guess is that the plugin is not working or after I create the group I have to set up some “pages” for the new group in order to have the “commons in a box” groups layout.
Any help on these two issues would be helpful. I was expecting a blog to be added to the groups much like a forum, wiki, and docs was added.September 4, 2014 at 6:22 pm #5089
BP Groupblog is probably in need of an overhaul. The themes you’re looking for are actually bundled inside the plugin’s folder – look in the ‘themes’ folder. The plugin itself no longer registers this as a theme directory, so they don’t show up in your WordPress admin – I’m guessing that maintaining the plugin and all the related themes was too time-consuming for the developers.
So, what you’re seeing is expected behaviour in a sense – a blog (or site) is created for the group. You can navigate to it from the “blog” link in the group’s nav menu. What will happen from there is that any activity on that blog will appear in the activity feed of the group.
You’re right, however, that the “deep integration” is not what one might expect. You’d either have to adapt a theme to make it groupblog-aware or you could try moving one of the themes from inside the plugin to the WordPress themes directory and see if it works for you.September 4, 2014 at 7:36 pm #5090
So how do I take the bundled themes from the “themes” folder and use
them? I am guessing I can use my web hosting site’s file manager and
transfer them to the right directory? Or do I need to download them and
then upload them. In order to do that I need to know what I am
With regards to the groups… when I use any link to navigate to the
group, it takes me to a solitary blog page. I have not been able to
figure out how to get to the other group elements (forum, wiki, files
etc etc) On groups created prior to the install of the groups bloog
plugin, I think I can still get to those elements.
It is really strange. When I use the group blog plugin it seems as
though it is actually creating an entire new site… rather than a group
within the original site.
DavidSeptember 4, 2014 at 8:39 pm #5091
I was able to move the themes over to the correct “themes” folder. I network installed them and it seems to have fixed the blog link navigating away from the groups. Will keep exploring.September 5, 2014 at 4:23 am #5092
David, glad you figured out how to move the themes.
If you’re not seeing the standard group template when you navigate to a group then, on your Groupblog admin page, you’ve probably checked “Redirect Group Home”. There are a number of other options there that will help you customise groupblog behaviour.
To clarify: the plugin does create “an entire new site” – that’s why it’s called groupblog 🙂September 5, 2014 at 9:54 am #5093
I now understand that is how it creates multiple blogs wordpress, which
to my understanding, is built around one central blog with categories.
I am experimenting with the plugin. I really like the idea of having a
p2 blog feed for folks. But this is not looking like it fits the bill.
The p2 group blog has all sorts of formatting issues and I do not have
the know how to tweak it to fix. Will experiment more later.
I am looking to provide the tools for folks to collaborate within groups
and as a committee. Bring together resources and brainstorm, process
and review and act based on the conversations, decisions. To help along
the way, I really wanted the ability to create projects on the fly.
Thought, Cbox, p2(through group blogs plugin) and collabpress might
work. Loving Cbox, but need to have the other tools.September 5, 2014 at 12:25 pm #5094
WordPress multisite is much more complex than a single site install – yes, there is a main site, but you can have as many sites on the network as you like. They can appear to be part of the main site or can appear as entirely separate sites, even with their own domain. BP Groupblog makes use of this capability to create sites that link into group activity.
I’m not entirely clear what you’re after, but you could experiment with BP Docs and/or CommentPress to enable group discussion around documents. Task management is where things get more problematic – did you ever find a decent solution?
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