BP Classic


The BP Classic add-on is being developed and maintained by the official BuddyPress development team.

It was first built to provide backwards compatibility to configs where third party BuddyPress plugin(s) or theme(s) – not ready yet for the BP Rewrites API (introduced in BuddyPress 12.0.0) – are activated.

BP Classic also includes features and templates that are fully deprecated in BuddyPress 12.0.0. Here are the ones you will now find back only once you activated the BP Classic add-on:

  • The BP Legacy widgets (these were migrated as Blocks in BuddyPress 9.0.0).
  • The BP Default theme.
  • The BP Legacy navigation globals (buddypress()->bp_nav & buddypress()->bp_options_nav).

NB: although the BP Classic add-on only runs when the BuddyPress version is 12.0.0 or up, you can choose to anticipate the BuddyPress 12.0.0 upgrade by activating the add-on. In this case the add-on is in “sleep mode” and will wake up as soon as BuddyPress has been upgraded to 12.0.0.

Join the BuddyPress community

If you’re interested in contributing to BuddyPress, we’d love to have you. Head over to the BuddyPress Documentation site to find out how you can pitch in.

Growing the BuddyPress community means better software for everyone!


  • **The settings tab to associate a WP Page with a BP Directory **



  • WordPress 5.8.
  • BuddyPress 12.0.0.

Automatic installation

Using the automatic installation let WordPress handles everything itself. To do an automatic install of BP Classic, log in to your WordPress dashboard, navigate to the Plugins menu. Click on the Add New link, then activate the “BuddyPress Add-ons” tab to quickly find the BP Classic plugin’s card.
Once you’ve found the BP Classic plugin, you can view details about the latest release, such as community reviews, ratings, and description. Install the BP Classic plugin by simply pressing “Install Now”.


Where can I get support?

Our community provides free support at https://buddypress.org/support/.

Where can I report a bug?

Report bugs or suggest ideas at https://github.com/buddypress/bp-classic/issues, participate to this plugin development at https://github.com/buddypress/bp-classic/pulls.

Who builds the BP Classic backcompat plugin?

The BP Classic plugin is a BuddyPress backward compatibility plugin and is free software, built by an international community of volunteers. Some contributors to BuddyPress are employed by companies that use BuddyPress, while others are consultants who offer BuddyPress-related services for hire. No one is paid by the BuddyPress project for their contributions.

If you would like to provide monetary support to the BP Classic or BuddyPress plugins, please consider a donation to the WordPress Foundation, or ask your favorite contributor how they prefer to have their efforts rewarded.


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Contributors & Developers

“BP Classic” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Make sure BP Classic is activated at the same network level than BuddyPress (See #21).
  • Improve the way the themes directory is registered (See #23).


Initial version of the plugin.