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  • Is it really worth it to build a child theme, rather than altering a core BuddyPress theme? It seems like a pain to keep track of two sets of files, since I plan to alter the code quite a bit. What are everyone’s thoughts?

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  • I had the same thoughts when creating Jambo for BuddyPress. I ended up copying everything over and just adding my own markup.

    While there are lots of hooks to extend the core functionality, there were some key parts of the markup which needed to be modified that otherwise couldn’t be “hooked”.

    I haven’t had any issues. If someone reports a problem I can just do a diff on the files to track it down and apply the patch.

    Paul Gibbs


    BuddyPress Lead Developer

    simplethemes, were there any specific things that you had to work around that you’d prefer was changed in BuddyPress core?

    Paul, It’s been awhile since I’ve looked at the code. I’ll be going through it again soon and will let you know.

    If I remember correct, the theme has options for the user to select sidebar configurations on each Page/Post (left,right,wide). I believe this was my main issue (which wasn’t at fault to the BP theme framework). I could have done away with those functions and went with a more “static” conversion. Jambo was my first BP theme, so I’m going to try it again soon. Thanks.

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