Using BuddyPress for Social Networks

Adding a Points System to your BuddyPress site with MyCred

Adding a Points System to your BuddyPress site with MyCred

Version installed:V 1.7.3

Mycred is a full featured system for awarding points based on member participation at your site, the types of activities that result is points being awarded are entirely configurable and you can install add-ons such as Badges that allow you to create badges to be awarded when certain points levels have been attained. For all it’s power MyCred is pretty simple to install and configure.

Installing MyCred

MyCred is installed by going to Dashboard>>Plugins>>Add New and searching for Mycred, then clicking on Install then Activate. Once activated MyCred displays a message informing you that you need to go to setup in order to get it working, Clicking on Run Setup takes you to a section where you get to choose what you call your points and how those points are displayed, so you could call them “Credits” or “Kudos” for example.

Once you have done that, you will probably want to Setup Hooks, these are the activity triggers that result in points being awarded, The available hooks include Points for Registrations, Points for Daily Visits, Points for Viewing Content and Points for Logins, selecting a hook and choosing to add the hook allows you to configure how many points are awarded for that particular trigger.

MyCred adds a points balance display to the member profile page and also adds Leaderboard and points history widgets for you to install on your site pages.

Badges

Once you have configured your sites hooks, you may wish to add an Add-On such as Badges, to do this you need to go to Dashboard>>Points>>Add Ons and choose to activate the Badges Add On. Once Activated you will need to configure your badges via Dashboard>>Points>>Badges and selecting Add New, Here you will need to give your badge a name, add an image for it and choose the circumstances that result in the award of the badge.

Conclusion

Awarding points to members for interacting with your site is a useful way of encouraging site participation. Hopefully in this article I have given you the basic information needed for you to install a points system onto your BuddyPress Social Network.

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