Using BuddyPress for Social Networks

Plugin Review

BuddyPress Activity Filter is a useful plugin that allows you to customise the the way the BuddyPress activity feed works. It allows site admins to limit which filters are available on the activity page, limit which activity filters are available on the main site-wide activity page and customise the activity updates for each post type.

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BuddyPress Registration Groups is a plugin that adds a list of groups to the registration form so that new members can be introduced and join your groups. It means they don’t need to go looking for them to be instantly tied in to their preferred groups. Adding this kind or form to your registration can help you to build a profile for each new member.

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BP Better Messages is a BuddyPress plugin that turns BP Messaging into a threaded instant messaging type communication tool. You can disable the requirement for a subject line and also enable name search and file attachments.

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GR Dashboard notes, whilst not being specifically a BuddyPress plugin could be useful for membership sites with a few admin and moderators. This plugin allows you to add notes to the dashboard that will only be seen by members of specific roles. So for example it could be used to send a general note to all admin, and they’d see it as soon as they visited the dashboard.

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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.

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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.

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LH Logged In Post Status is a WordPress plugin that adds a new post status of “Logged In” to the available status options in the Publish dialogue box. What this means is that posts can be published only to logged in users, which is an option that would enhance the privacy options available for post content.

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BP Bulk Delete is a simple plugin that allows BuddyPress Admins to delete all Activity, Notifications and messages older than a specific date. This is aimed primarily at older systems to remove unused database entries.

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BBP Close Old Topics is a simple plugin that adds the ability to automatically close topics once they are older than a pre-defined period.

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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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