Advanced Xprofile Fields for BuddyPress is a plugin that extends the features of the existing Xprofile fields by adding different field labels for different views, data validation and other advanced features such as the ability to hide a field on the registration form.
BuddyPress Force Profile Photo is a BuddyPress Plugin that forces site members to upload an avatar image before they are able to use any aspect of your site, whichever page they visit they will be redirected to the upload profile image page with a message informing them of this.
Do you want to inform site members of any other site members who have been visiting their profile? Then BuddyPress Profile Visitors provides a simple way of adding a total visit count together with a drop down display of recent visitors, for some sites, it could be the perfect way of people getting to know each others.
One of the issues with BuddyPress notifications is that they do not update unless you refresh the page you are viewing, this means that unless you are actively browsing the site then you will not get an on-screen notification. BuddyPress Live Notification fixes that and allows a new notification to appear on the screen without that page refresh.
Possibly the most important task in setting up your BuddyPress Social Network is with regards to how you configure members and their profiles. This article attempts to describe the basic steps required in configuring BuddyPress ready for your new membership. Of course the exact details will vary from site to site however there are common factors that affect all sites.