Using BuddyPress for Social Networks

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

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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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BuddyPress Activity Filter is a plugin that allows you to choose which activities are shown in the sites Activity feed by default and also which activity filters are avilable to site members.

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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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There are a lot of things that happen by default in BuddyPress that you may have a need to change. For example the types of activities displayed in the activity pages, how many activity items are displayed per page etc. These things can be changed, but you will need to have some knowledge of coding, or be applying a code snippet that you’ve been given.

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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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The information that is displayed in Sidebars is an important aspect of your website, one that can be tailored for each individual page if you wish, though this aspect is one that will tend to make your site setup more complex. In my search for better ways of displaying more relevant information with each page viewed what I have settled upon is a solution using two sidebar management plugins, these are Content Aware Sidebars and Display Widgets.

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BuddyPress Sticker is a simple plugin that adds the ability for site members to add stickers – emoticons to there activity updates.

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The BuddyPress @Mentions is it’s system for sending site members a public message, similar to writing on a users wall in Facebook since the mention will turn up in that users activity stream. @Mentions is normally a one to one thing, if you want to have more than one person in your mention then you must include @member1, @member2 etc. In your activity update.

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