bbPress 2.0 Basics

bbPress 2.0 Basics

bbPress 2.0 is out and I’m excited. While there is still room to grow (and JTrip will be the first to tell you this), it is a great improvement over previous versions of the plugin. Thanks John James Jacoby and the bbPress team for all your hard word; it’s greatly appreciated.

It’s easy to get up and running. Just down the plugin and activate (http://bbpress.org). It’s easy and works well. However, if you want to start customizing the layout and styles, that’s where it’s get a bit more technical and less plug-and-play. But here’s a few tips for the less obvious mechanics:

Add Forums to Navigation (2 options):

  • Use Custom Links to add “/forums” to a menu (this link may differ if you change the base for forums in the forum settings)
  • Create a page and use shortcode [bbp-forum-index]; add that page to a menu

Custom Theming

  • Use the default (easiest option)
  • Replace Styles
    • Remove the bbPress styles.css
      remove_action( ‘bbp_enqueue_scripts’, ‘bbp_theme_compat_enqueue_css’ );
    • Copy default styles to your theme’s stylesheet
      /wp-content/plugins/bbpress/bbp-themes/bbp-twentyten/css/bbpress.css
    • Adjust styles to your whimsy
  • Replace template files
    • Copy files from “/bbpress/bbp-themes/bbp-twentyten” folder into the folder of your theme, and make your own edits from there. The files to copy include the single-*, archive-*, page-*, and anything in the subfolders
    • Replace all files, there is no defaulting
    • Add add_theme_support( ‘bbpress’ ); to functions.php

Shortcodes

* Forums
[bbp-forum-index] – Show the forum index/archive
[bbp-single-forum id=$forum_id] – Show a single forums topics

* Topics
[bbp-topic-index] – Show the topics index/archive
[bbp-topic-form] – Show the new topic form
[bbp-single-topic id=$topic_id] – Show a single topic

* Topic Tags
[bbp-topic-tags] – Show a tag cloud of all topic tags
[bbp-single-topic-tag] – Show the topics within a specific tag

* Replies
[bbp-reply-form] – Show the topic reply form

* Views
[bbp-single-view] – Show topics associated with a specific view

* Account
[bbp-login] – Show the login screen
[bbp-register] – Show the register screen
[bbp-lost-pass] – Show the lost password screen

If you have any other questions, check out the bbPress forums. It’s a great resource and John is particularly diligent about answering questions. I don’t know how it does it.

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