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    Folks, I have been trying to get bbPress to fully integrate into my WordPress site for like weeks. I happened up a gentleman who had it figured out. He sent me his notes and I am giving them to you here. One word of caution, even though I followed the instructions carefully, I still don’t have it working – this doesn’t mean his instructions are incorrect … just that I am not skilled enough to figure out all the elements.

    His name is Adam Kayce of Bright Coconut. I hope you enjoy his instructions and they speed you toward full integration (and then if you have time, come help me!).

    Integrating the Theme:

    I have a link to my forum in my global nav by creating an empty page with a slug that is the same as the directory name as where I have bbpress installed.

    But I also load the wp-load.php file in my bb-config.php file

    define(‘WP_BB’, true);

    if ( !defined(‘DB_NAME’) ) {

    require_once( dirname(__FILE__) . ‘/../wordpress/wp-config.php’);


    $bb->wp_table_prefix = ‘wp_’; // your wordpress db prefix is

    $bb->wp_home = ‘ <; ‘;

    $bb->wp_siteurl = ‘ <; ‘;

    Then I went into my bbpress theme and changed every instance of bb_get_header() with get_header(), and bb_get_footer() with get_footer().

    Since I want to have my wordpress sidebars show up in the forum, too, I also added get_sidebar() right above the call to get_footer().

    I could also add other sidebars, too – the theme I use adds two columns below the main content area and uses the dynamic sidebar functionality to add them in to each page. I could see how adding other or more sidebars and going in to the templates could be really useful.

    From :


    to remove the ‘Log Out’ link: kakumei/logged-in.php – delete the function

    if using bbPM: go into Admin area, copy function, uncheck box, and paste function in logged-in.php where you deleted the old function from


    to get the backslashes out of apostrophes:

    1) open up /bb-includes/

    2) replace line 1074 with:

    return stripslashes(apply_filters( ‘get_topic_title’, $topic->topic_title, $id ));

    3) and line 1782:

    return stripslashes(apply_filters( ‘get_post_text’, $bb_post->post_text, $bb_post->post_id ));

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