Using BuddyPress for Social Networks
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.
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.
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.
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BP Profile Home Widgets is a plugin designed to allow the BuddyPress user to personalize their profile by allowing user defined widgets to be added to the BP Nouveau Home Page widget area. It also adds widget areas to the BP Legacy profile page to allow the plugin to be used there.
BP Fan Page is a simple plugin that gives group admin the ability to set the group to be a Fan Page. This means that the Group is labelled as a Fan Page and it turns into an announcement only group which means only the group admin and moderators can add new Activity and Forum posts. Other members can comment on these but not initiate a new entry.
BP User widgets is a plugin that allows BuddyPress site admin to ad a user customizable set of widgets to a sidebar in the users profile pages. It provides users with the ability to significantly personalize their profile pages in order for the profile to better reflect the users personality.
This article is going to take you through setting up BuddyPress for the first time. It is geared towards people trying to set up Social Networking sites with features similar to those available with Ning or other hosted Social Network providers, as such it assumes that you will want all of the features of BuddyPress, plus a few more (well, a whole bunch more!).
Before installing BuddyPress it’s best to get your basic WordPress installation configured correctly, this in itself can be quite a complex task and there are going to be many aspects of this that I will not have space here to go into in detail but what I hope to achieve in this post is to give you a basic idea of what is needed and to get yourself in a position to run and install BuddyPress on a firm platform.