Using BuddyPress for Social Networks

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!).

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BP Who Favorited is a simple plugin that adds the profile images of the last three users to favorite a particular activity item.

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BuddyPress Activity Shortcode is a plugin that allows you to display activity items on any page you like.

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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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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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This is a simple plugin which allows the BuddyPress Admin to enable blog post updates to be advertised in the BuddyPress Activity stream. By default, notifications to the Activity stream only happen on new post creation, if the post is then updated later, there is no activity update and your sites users will not be informed of the changes. This can be discouraging to your authors looking to inform site members of changes to published posts. BP Add Post Updates to Activity fixes this.

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BuddyPress Edit Activity is a plugin that allows users to edit their activity updates. The plugin can be set to only allow site admin to edit activity and also you can set a timeout to limit how long after posting an update can be edited.

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BP Activity Share is a plugin that allows users to share the activity updates of others, similar to how this can be done on Facebook.

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The combination of WordPress and BuddyPress is a powerful and complex mix, it will take you some time playing with all of the features in order for you to come up with your ideal site. In this article I would like to take you through the basics of getting to know your site and customising it for your purposes, in future articles I will cover adding additional features to your site in order to further customise your installation.

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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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