Using BuddyPress for Social Networks

BuddyPress

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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BuddyPress Restrict Messages is a useful plugin for sites that wish to control in-site spam to users. It comes with two modes of operation – Admin control and User control, these allow users or site admin to restrict messaging to friends, followers or just to members of the same groups.

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BuddyPress Poke aims to provide a Facebook – like “Poke” feature to your BuddyPress Social Network, allowing site members to give each other a prod from time to time.

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This plugin brings BuddyPress post statuses to the front-end, with a simple yet highly customizable user interface supporting Friends Only, Members Only, Group and Follow post statuses. Designed to work with both BuddyPress and BP Post Status, this plugin adds features no other plugin can.

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The ability to personalize a groups home page is an important part of letting new group members know exactly what the group is about. BP Nouveau adds a group home page with a widget area that this plugin exploits to allow each group creator to add videos, full featured text and other BuddyPress widgets to this page.

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BP Directory Views turns the traditional BuddyPress Members and Groups directory lists into a smooth grid view. It works with both the Legacy and Nouveau BP Themes and works to maintain a uniform grid – with no untidy gaps in the grid!

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