Using BuddyPress for Social Networks

Venutius

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I've been setting up and managing BuddyPress social networks for a few years. I moved from Ning and other platforms and have come to BuddyPress looking to make sites with similar features to them.

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Plugin – BP Profile Shortcodes Extra

BP Profile Shortcodes Extra maintains the features introduced in the original plugin, it provides shortcodes to display the username, display name, profile url, avatar photo etc. but in addition it provides the ability to display the users cover image and also a collection of cover, avatar and @username that allows a profile header to be created on any page in your site. You can either specify the member to be displayed or the shortcodes will display details of the user that is viewing the page.

Creating Great Group Home Pages with BuddyPress Group Extras

Compared to a platform such as Ning, the BuddyPress Group home page I feel is one area that lets BuddyPress down. By default it actually just displays the activity feed for the group. A Ning group home has extended information about the group, it has a summary of the forum posts and it has a comments section. In this article I intend to show you how by using BuddyPress Group Extras you can have a home page for your groups with all of these features.

BuddyPress Customisation Tips

This article attempts to show what type of modification can be made to BuddyPress in order to allow the novice to begin to customise the look and feel of a BuddyPress installation. It is intended that by working this way beginners to BuddyPress can quickly get to grips with the basics of customisation as well as implementing some pretty cool features.

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Plugin Review – LH Disable BP Registration

LH Disable BP Registration is a simple plugin that delivers an alternative to disabling registration via the Dashboard>>Settings>>General page.

Plugin Review BP Profile Status

BP Profile Status is a BuddyPress plugin that allows site members to set and manage status messages that are displayed on the members profile page within the cover page area.

Plugin Review – BP Simple Private

BP Simple Private is a Plugin that allows site admins to create fully private networks within their BuddyPress site.

BuddyPress Customisation Tips

This article attempts to show what type of modification can be made to BuddyPress in order to allow the novice to begin to customise the look and feel of a BuddyPress installation. It is intended that by working this way beginners to BuddyPress can quickly get to grips with the basics of customisation as well as implementing some pretty cool features.

Plugin – BP Profile Activity Wall

BP Profile Activity Wall is a simple plugin that creates a Facebook – like ‘Wall’ of all users activity – personal, groups, mentions, friends etc. It also makes this the default landing tab for the users profile and has options to remove the other tabs and redirect logged in users from home to their activity page.

Plugin Review – Simple BuddyPress Profile Privacy

Simple BuddyPress Privacy is a plugin that allows BuddyPress users to choose exactly who can see their profile page. They can choose display it to all (public), logged in members, friends only or just themselves.

Plugin Review – Mass Messaging in BuddyPress

Mass Messaging in BuddyPress, is pretty much the opposite of the alternative Mass Messaging plugin – Mass Messaging for BuddyPress by Alkaweb. What I mean by this is this; whatever Alkawebs plugin does in the back-end, Mass Messaging in BuddyPress does from the front-end. Both of these plugins allow site admin to send mass messages to all, or groups of users in BuddyPress. What Mass Messaging in BuddyPress does extra, is to provide the ability to allow that privilege to other user types, and also it has the ability to track if the message has been read.

Plugin – BP Devolved Authority

BP Devolved Authority solves the problem of allowing non admins to manage specific BP components. With BP Devolved Authority you can set which WordPress role can manage Groups, Members, Activity and Emails.

Plugin – BuddyPress Group Chatroom

BuddyPress group Chatroom is a simple chat for BP Groups, it supports the sharing of text and links within a chatroom installed within the GP Group.

Plugin – BP Messaging Control

BP Messaging Control is a plugin that offers very powerful controls over BuddyPress private and public messaging via a simple settings interface. The plugin maps out all the roles used on the site and allows each to be assigned No Messaging, Admin Only, Reply Only or Full Messaging. In addition email quotas can be assigned. This is ideal for monetizing or differentiating messaging as part of your membership site.

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