A BuddyPress theme is a superset of a WordPress theme. It’s a fully functional WordPress theme with extra functionality to handle the BuddyPress content.
I have been developing themes for WordPress since 2005 and working with BuddyPress themes since 2008. The way that themes are implemented in both WordPress and BuddyPress have changed significantly since I started working with them.
In my session, I’ll take a brief look at the history and development of theme handling in WordPress and how themes are handled/implemented in WordPress 3.0. In the second half of the session, we will look at the extra BuddyPress functionality in a BuddyPress theme and how it interacts with the WordPress theme system.
This will not be a coding type session. We will not be looking at the source code of any themes.