Frequently Asked Questions

Why when quoted, emojis (or smileys) are displayed broken?

This happens because WordPress by default is replacing all emojis with images. This is done so that emojis would work in old browsers. But, the JavaScript used for this purpose can slow down the website, and it is messing with the page loading only to show very old and outdated images instead of the pretty emojis most browsers have today.

The only way to avoid the problem with quotes and emojis is to disable WordPress emoji replacing. To do that, install one of many plugins available to disable this WordPress ‘feature’, like Disable Emoji from WordPress.org repository.

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Some BuddyPress features break when I use BuddyPress Nuovo templates?

The problem is caused by the Italic BBCode due to the conflict with the Underscore templates system BuddyPress uses. There are two ways to solve this:

  • You can disable Italic BBCode (bbPress Toolbox -> BBCodes -> Disable BBCodes) or,
  • You can limit BBCodes to the bbPress content only (bbPress Toolbox -> BBCodes -> General -> Standard Settings -> bbPress Only). If you do this, BBCodes will work only with bbPress topics, replies and forums.
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Can the plugin resize uploaded images to make them smaller?

No, the plugin doesn’t have such feature. But, there are many free plugins available that can resize images on upload to specified maximum size and JPEG compression. One of the plugins that can do that is Resize Image After Upload.

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Why plugins POT file can’t be imported in POEditor?

POT file for this plugin includes duplicate strings with different contexts, but POEditor currently doesn’t check for context to determine if the string is valid, it just checks for string duplicates, regardless of context. Until that is fixed, POEditor can’t be used to edit translations for this plugin. We have opened ticked with POEditor for them to properly support duplicate strings with different contexts, and hopefully, they will support that soon.

This problem is fixed in POEdit 2.1.

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Why plugin’s JavaScript files are not loaded?

All Dev4Press plugins and addons require jQuery. But, they will work only if the jQuery is loaded with the WordPress proper Enqueue method. If you are replacing jQuery that comes with WordPress with some other version loaded from other location, my plugins will not function properly, and that goes the same for most of the other WordPress plugins that depend on the proper way for loading jQuery.

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Why I am getting errors related to missing database tables?

Errors like this point to the problem with the plugin installation process when additional database tables need to be created. If that has not happened, it points to the problem with database access or something else related to the database server, but it is might be simply WordPress related issues preventing the normal update.

To check this out, open bbPress Toolbox menu -> Tools -> Recheck and Update. This panel will recheck and recreate tables in possible. If not, you will see the error messages. If that happens, you need to create tables manually (via phpMyAdmin, for instance). Here is the SQL schema for all 3 database tables plugin needs: Database Schema.

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How can I confirm that topic new/unread tracking is working?

Before you go on, make sure you have configured the plugin properly. Check out this article for more information.

To confirm that topic tracking for users is working (new topics, unread topics, and new replies), you need two user accounts: one to create a new topic, and the second account to visit the forum with the new topic to get to see the mark for ‘new‘.

If it is not working, check if the database tables are created during the update. Table name is ‘wp_gdbbx_tracker‘. You can run Tools -> Recheck and Update to make sure all is OK.

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Can I enable lead topic display to split topic from replies?

Yes. This is bbPress core feature, but it is filter controlled. Using GD bbPress Toolbox Pro, you can easily enable or disable display of the lead topic: GD bbPress Toolbox Pro -> Settings -> Topics -> Various Settings -> Display Lead Topic.

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Can I limit users to own files in Media Library via TinyMCE Add Media button?

No. WordPress Media Library has no options or controls to limit access to use of files based on the user role. Also, all files uploaded through Media Library are publically accessible via the URL. WordPress doesn’t have any mechanism for limiting access to files in media library.

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How can I show (or hide) forum statistics information?

The plugin can add quick statistics overview information to the forum main index page. This contains various information: online users, different counts, and it can contain more things through editing of the template. You can enable or disable this block (or you can select user roles that can see it) by using options in the Settings -> Forums -> Forums statistics overview.

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Why quoted content shows HTML tags?

In bbPress, only some user roles are permitted to post unrestricted HTML content. Other users can only use some basic set of HTML tags, and tags like UL, LI, DIV… will not work, and bbPress will save them as text, not HTML. Because of that, when you quote complex HTML content, tags normally not supported will be displayed as text, not HTML.

To fix this, you need to allow all user roles to use the expanded set of HTML tags. And to do that, open the GD bbPress Toolbox Pro Settings -> Various Tweaks -> Expand KSES allowed HTML tags and attributes -> Allowed tags list. Select box there have 3 options, first one is default bbPress set of HTML tags, and the other two include a wide range of supported HTML tags. You need to switch this option to second or third option.

But, there are some HTML tags that are not permitted (IFRAME, SCRIPT, STYLE) because in general, they can contain dangerous content, and when quoted, such tags will be escaped and saved as plain text. Because of that, quoting content that contains embedded content (FaceBook posts, Twitter tweets…), is not quotable.

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Why plugin loads FontAwesome icons font?

If you set the plugin to use FontAwesome icons for attachment icons and for the forum topic icons (for privacy and other things), plugin will load FontAwesome icons font from CDN. You can disable FontAwesome from loading from plugin Settings Panel -> JS/CSS Files -> CSS Files Loading -> FontAwesome. Also, make sure you switch to use images as icons from plugin Settings Panel -> Standard -> Icons -> For Icons Use -> Images.

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Can you nest BBCodes?

Yes. You can nest BBCodes as long as they are different types. You can have UL BBCode and inside it, you can have LI BBCodes.

And No. You can’t nest the same type of BBCodes. You can’t have UL inside another UL. Ordered or unordered list in HTML is allowed, and you can have UL, inside it several LI tags, and in those LI tags, you can have another UL. This will not work in WordPress, and BBCodes written like that will also fail to render properly. This will not change until WordPress fixes the issue.

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Why BBCodes are not working?

There are few reasons for BBCodes not working:

  1. You have disabled BBCodes in the plugin.
  2. You have disabled some of the BBCodes in the plugin.
  3. You are using some 3rd party plugin that is causing problems.

Plugin that is often causing problems with BBCodes is ‘bbPress Advanced Statistics’, and this plugin will disabled all BBCodes by default.

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Quotes are no longer working after update to WordPress 4.4

Due to the changes in the WordPress 4.4 and the way it handles shortcodes, some of the BBCodes (essentially they are shortcodes) in GD bbPress Toolbox Pro using shorthand method of writing them are no longer working. To fix the issue, you need to:

  1. Update to GD bbPress Toolbox Pro 4.0.5 or newer
  2. Open plugins Tools panel, and there you have WordPress 4.4 Update panel.
  3. Follow instructions and run the update

You are affected mostly for using Quote feature with BBCodes and some other BBCodes. It is advisable to run the update after you update to WordPress 4.4

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Where are font related options in TinyMCE editor?

TinyMCE editor has two rows in the toolbar, but only first line is visible. Font related options are on the second line, and you need to enable it. To do that click on the button called ‘Toolbar Toggle’ as on the image here:

How to open second TinyMCE toolbar row
How to open second TinyMCE toolbar row
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Why is this plugin display broken with my theme?

Plugin is adding own styling for the features it adds, but there is no way to make styles completely immune to other stylesheets or styles added by other plugins or theme. Many themes are adding styles that are very aggressive and they can be made to have higher priority in styling certain elements. In that case, a theme can cause issues with the plugin features styling.

The only solution is to identify the styles that are causing problems and add new styles to fix that. This has to be done for every theme that causes problems.

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Why is TinyMCE for topics and replies not looking OK?

TinyMCE is part of WordPress and it comes with own styles. GD bbPress Toolbox Pro loads an additional stylesheet for TinyMCE to solve common issues when TinyMCE is used on front end. But, depending on your theme that might not be enough. Some themes are adding very aggressive styling that targets elements in TinyMCE too (usually buttons), and these theme styles are causing problems.

The only solution is to find what styles theme is adding to cause the problems, and add extra styles to fix that, but that has to be done for every theme individually. Most themes are using proper styling that is not causing problems.

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Where can I see all attachment files?

All files attached in the forum are saved into WordPress Media Library. But, if you want to see only attachments, you can’t do that directly, since Library show all files saved. Toolbox plugin has own panel called ‘Attachments’ where you can see only files uploaded as attachments. You have there: thumbnail preview, name of upload, topic and forum where the file is attached and date and time. This grid shows all files. You can delete or unattach files. If file is unattached, it will be removed from topic/reply it was uploaded to, but it will be still in the media library for some later use.

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