Using BuddyPress for Social Networks

WordPress

Wise chat is a simple chat plugin that installs a chat page on your WordPress site allowing site users both registered and non-registered to interact together via a basic chat application.

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Eonet Frontend Publisher is a new front end publishing plugin that allows site users to edit and create various types of documents at the front end of the site, it’s intended to make post creation for site users quick and simple.

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WP ULike is a WordPress plugin that also supports BuddyPress, bbPress and a number of other plugins, it aims to be a comprehensive “Like” system for your site and enables site users to like a wide range of content types, including posts, forum topics and replies, comments and activity updates.

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Display Widgets SEO Plus is a WordPress plugin that gives you control over the circumstances where a widget will be displayed. It’s an alternative to building multiple sidebars for pages, with Display Widgets SEO Plus you put all of your widgets in the default sidebar and then choose on a widget by widget basis exactly where that widget will be displayed.

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One of the first major issues that hits anyone who has set up a public social networking site with BuddyPress is the about of spam that you have to deal with. Unless you have taken steps to prevent spammers getting access to your site then your life could be hell! This article explains how to configure your WordPress/BuddyPress site in order to avoid the maximum amount of spam.

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Content Aware Sidebars Pro is a WordPress plugin that allows you to create page specific sidebars that replace or merge with the default theme sidebars. The plugin comes with built in support for BuddyPress pages. Content Aware Sidebars Pro has been created for those sites that want to create a unique look on some or all pages by allowing for page specific sidebar content.

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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.

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A critically important aspect of your BuddyPress Social Network is the performance of the system you have put together. Page load times is something that you need to keep an eye on since adding extra plugins to any WordPress site often results in additional Database look-ups per page, thus slowing down the page load time.

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WP Custom Sidebars is as WordPress plugin that allows you to replace the any default sidebar with one specific for that page or post etc.

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Woosidebars is a plugin that allows you to replace sidebars with those of your own creation on specific pages throughout your WordPress site, technically you could have a different sidebar per page.

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