Using BuddyPress for Social Networks

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Setting up BuddyPress for the First Time

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!).

Setting up WordPress ready for BuddyPress

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.

Plugin Review – BP Who Favorited

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

Plugin Review – BP Required Field Reminder

BP Required Field reminder is a simple plugin that enforces required profile fields by redirecting any user on logging in to their Edit Profile page, it also highlights the required firld in red.

Plugin – BuddyPress Restrict Group Creation

BuddyPress Restrict Group Creation is a plugin that allows site admin to be selective over who is able to create groups on their site.

Plugin – BP Profile Shortcodes Extra

BP Profile Shortcodes Extra maintains the features introduced in the original plugin, it provides shortcodes to display the username, display name, profile url, avatar photo etc. but in addition it provides the ability to display the users cover image and also a collection of cover, avatar and @username that allows a profile header to be created on any page in your site. You can either specify the member to be displayed or the shortcodes will display details of the user that is viewing the page.

Plugin Review – BuddyPress Xprofile Custom Fields Type

BuddyPress Xprofile Custom Fields Type is a BuddyPress plugin that adds a variety of field types to the BuddyPress Extended Profile.

Plugin Review LH Private BuddyPress

LH Private BuddyPress is a simple, single mission plugin with no settings to change, you install and activate it and it immediately turns your BuddyPress site into a private network in so much as once it is active then any attempt by a non logged in user to access any of the BuddyPress pages will be redirected to the login page.

Plugin – BP Post Status

BP Post Status adds three new Post Status options; alongside the usual publishing options, the post publishing box now supports Members Only, Friends Only and Group Post statuses, with Group Post providing a drop-down of available groups to assign the post to. It also adds a group posts tab in each group and provides the option to set a post as the group homepage.

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