Getting Started

Welcome to BuddyPress! This section will help you set up your new BuddyPress-powered site as Super/Site Administrator: installing and configuring your settings to managing users, groups, activity streams and other BuddyPress components. It will also provide a guide for your users if you enable specific components. To run BuddyPress, following are some guidelines.

To run BuddyPress, we recommend your host supports: To run BuddyPress, we recommend your host supports:

  • PHP version 7.0 or greater
  • MySQL version 5.6 or greater

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Required Required

See for the list of BuddyPress release versions and WordPress version compatibility.

  • Apache Module mod_rewrite enabled for “pretty permalinks”
  • WordPress should be installed manually i.e. via FTP, cpanel, etc.
  • BuddyPress does not work on installations where you give WordPress its own directory.
  • Folder name for any subdirectory or subdomain WordPress/BuddyPress installation must be in lowercase.
  • PHP must have the GD or imagick modules installed (on the server) to allow re-sizing of images; BP avatar uploads will fail without one of these modules activated (WP will simply fail to create image sizes for posts but won’t show an error)
  • AllowOverride should be set to All in folder where .htaccess is, for example:

    <VirtualHost *:80>
    DocumentRoot /var/www/html
    <Directory "/var/www/html">
    AllowOverride All

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