Making BuddyPress compatible with the WordPress SEO plugin from Yoast


The WordPress SEO plugin from Yoast is pretty much the only SEO solution you need for your WordPress site. It has become a default plugin in all my WordPress and BuddyPress projects. The only issue is that the plugin hooks into the common wp_title template tag to rewrite your site URLs to a custom title (that you specify from the WordPress SEO settings). BuddyPress does not use this tag, and thus the URL rewriting does not work. Below is a quick snippet that will fix this problem for you.

Find the following code in header.php of your Child Theme (around line 9):

<?php bp_page_title() ?>

And replace it with the following snippet:

 <?php bp_page_title() ?>

 <?php wp_title('') ?>

WordPress SEO is now working as it should. Enjoy!

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31 Responses to Making BuddyPress compatible with the WordPress SEO plugin from Yoast

  1. Amisharma132 April 5, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    gd information…….

    • Bowe Frankema April 5, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

      Glad you found it useful!

  2. JoSe May 12, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    I am using a BP child of theme hybrid framework. At header.php shows

    Should I replace “” with “” in the code above ?


  3. JoSe May 12, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

  4. JoSe May 12, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    Now, how do I paste code in here ?

  5. Rahul May 21, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    A very good list. I really like the list as I am always searching for additional plugins to make my site more effective.

    thank you for this valuable info..

    • bowe May 22, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

      You’re welcome :)

  6. Neo May 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    Personaly, i use SeoPress in my web site.

  7. Greg Fielding June 8, 2011 at 11:02 pm #


    Is there a way to add specific sitemap support for the buddypress activity stream? For my site, the activity stream, and member’s profile pages should be my highest priorities. However, with yoast seo and this snip, neither show in any of the sitemaps.

  8. Aaron July 18, 2011 at 4:24 am #

    Thanks for the quick fix! Yoast is the man and glad you found a buddypress workaround for his SEO plugin.

  9. Kevin July 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    It’s not working for the activity stream:
    Submitted URLs
    967 URLs in web index

    URLs not followed
    When we tested a sample of URLs from your Sitemap, we found that some URLs redirect to other locations. We recommend that your Sitemap contain URLs that point to the final destination (the redirect target) instead of redirecting to another URL.

    Is there any way to fix this?

  10. Laurent July 26, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    Thanks for the trick ! I just migrate from All In One SEO to Yoast Wordrpress and as I’m using BuddyPress I’m very happy ;-)

  11. Ronald September 2, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    Great, just what I needed!!

  12. Herb Miller October 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    I had a similar problem with themes generated using Artisteer. My solution was to write a function called bw_wp_title(). This works out what to do depending on whether or not WordPress SEO is activated.

    * return a nice SEO title
    * taking into account which plugins are being used
    if ( !function_exists( ‘bw_wp_title’ )) {
    function bw_wp_title() {
    if ( class_exists( ‘WPSEO_Frontend’ )) {
    $title = wp_title(”, false );
    }else {
    $title = wp_title( ‘|’, false, ‘right’ );
    $title .= get_bloginfo( ‘name’ );
    return $title;

    I included this in functions.php for the ( child ) theme. I then changed header.php to echo the result of bw_wp_title(), commenting out the original code.
    Note: The bw_wp_title function is wrapped in “if not function exists” so that I can implement the same or better version of this function in my oik plugin.

  13. Wiloooo November 9, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    GREAT ! thank’s you ;)

  14. Plugín de Suscriptores para WordPres February 6, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    Wow, awesome blog format! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging glance easy. The entire look of your web site is wonderful, as smartly as the content material!

  15. Keshav Saini February 29, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    This fix isn’t working for my site

    When I change I code in header, all the pages works perfectly but Activity, Groups and Members pages. These pages are mixing up the titles.

    How do I prevent buddypress specific pages from being rewritten by this plugin?

  16. April 16, 2012 at 6:54 am #

    Ola! Bowe,
    This might be off topic, however WordPress SEO is not difficult provided a simple process is followed. When considering WordPress SEO a few common questions are:
    Great Job!

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  21. Lucas Garvin July 14, 2012 at 3:11 am #

    You are my hero! Awesomeness!

  22. Raphael C. January 23, 2013 at 2:50 am #

    Can anyone tell me if this enables the indexing of my group forums topics in sitemap.xml? Regards!

    • Bowe Frankemo February 14, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

      No it does not. Since BuddyPress does not use custom post types for groups, the sitemap will not pick them up.

  23. Rashid Manhas November 19, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    Great Blog! Thanks



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