Using BuddyPress for Social Networks

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BuddyPress First Letter Avatar is a simple plugin that gives a colour coded avatar based on a letter from the username of the user, for users that have not set an avatar image. It’s an alternative to assigning a Gravatar or similar. It also performs the same task for Groups.

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IflyChat is a chat plugin for BuddyPress social networking sites, it creates a close approximation to the chat used on the Ning Social platform which features “Chat on any page” as a feature, which allows users to browse around the site without having to leave the chat conversation.

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One of the issues with BuddyPress is that notifications are not “Live”, in other words, in order to see if you have any notifications, you need to refresh your web page, this detracts from the dynamism of the site. Eonet Live Notifications fixes this by introducing a live notification in the form of a pop-up that shows up in the bottom right corner of the page, informing you that you have a new notification and providing a click link to view that item.

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BuddyPress Group Email Subscription does what it says. It gives your group members the option to be sent emails based on group activity. It allows group admin to set a default subscription level, which is applied to all new members and it also allows group members to set their own choice. This plugin provides a full range of options both to members and managers alike.

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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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BP Required Field Notification is a BuddyPress plugin that prevents members from accessing the site until they have filled in any required fields within their profile.

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Invite Anyone is a BuddyPress plugin that adds a widget allowing site members to invite friends to join the site via email. It also changes the behaviour of group invitations meaning group members can invite non-friends to join the group.

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Inline Image Upload for bbPress is a forum plugin that adds a visual editor tab to forum topics and replies, with the ability for the insert image button to also allow image upload.

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V 1.0.3

For this plugin review I’m going to review two plugins that work hand in hand to deliver one thing – user selectable members type at registration, with the ability to display a directory listing of the members of each type.

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BuddyPress Checkins is a plugin that allows BuddyPress users to check in their location as part of an activity update.

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