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Default Template not working for forum page

  • icandygraphics


    I am using a customized child theme, which has a default layout with a sidebar. My activity, members, and register pages are all using the default template of my child theme, and the sidebar is showing. I am having trouble with the forums page, though. If I add a page called “Forums”, select the default template, insert the shortcode [bbp-forum-index], and add the page to my menu, it looks great and has the sidebar. However, if I put “forums” as the Forums Base slug, then the page goes to full-width content with no sidebar. If I put “forum” as the slug, the page looks good, but as soon as you use the breadcrumbs to navigate, it takes you to, which has the full-width content. I think it might have something to do with the template hierarchy, but I don’t know enough about that to figure this out. Can anyone help?

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  • Lynq


    I think I saw a similar problem to this on the forums recently.

    A page called “Forums” and having your base slug as “Forums” will conflict with each other. If you visit and your forum base slug is set to /forums it takes you to the archive and not the page.

    Check out the post and see if it helps, be warned I didn’t read it 100% through

    Good luck!



    Thank you Lynq. I knew that I was having a conflict between my archive page and my page that I created called “Forums.” What I really want to do is add a sidebar to my archive page, but I am confused as to why it doesn’t already have one. I tried copying the file bp-themes/bp-default/archive.php into my child theme and adding



    Template Name: Archive


    * @package BuddyPress

    * @subpackage Theme


    but it still isn’t using that as the template for my archive page. Any thoughts?



    I figured out that bbpressbbp-includesbbp-extend-genesis.php forces full-width content if you are using a Genesis theme or child theme. I changed the full-width-content to content-sidebar in that file, and now all my archive pages have a sidebar. I know I’m not supposed to just edit the files and save them back to the same location, though. Where should I put my version for my child theme?

    FYI about Genesis theme compatibility.

    When you do decide to upgrade to bbPress 2.1 you will need to use a plugin.

    Genesis compatibility was removed from bbPress 2.1 and is now wrapped in a plugin (below). The plugin also provides some other fixes the 2.0.x compatibility doesn’t.

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