Allow Members to Create Portfolios in BuddyPress

BuddyPress Portfolio is an exciting new plugin that allows members to create their own simple portfolios within your community. It can be used to create a set of projects, ie; IT projects, knitting, recipes, designs, scholarship, awards, past achievements – you name it. It’s quite versatile and can be re-purposed for non-portfolio style use.

This is a really cool idea for showcasing your members’ many talents. It also helps your users get acquainted with one another’s interests and abilities. Members can explore each other’s projects which are listed in the sitewide project directory:

Portfolio items are listed with a thumbnail, description and the creator’s avatar.

Users can create projects and add an image on the front-end, as easily as one might write a blog post or edit a profile question:

Each user also has his own portfolio page listing each of his projects:

BuddyPress Portfolios features:

  • A new tab in the user profile listing their projects
  • A new page listing all projects
  • A widget listing the latest projects
  • A new activity for each new project

If you want to draw more community attention to the member profiles, you can add the built-in portfolio widget to display the latest projects:

What’s on the roadmap for future versions of BuddyPress Portfolio?

The plugin’s developer plans to expand BuddyPress Portfolio so that each project will have its own page. He’s also planning to add the ability to upload multiple captures for a project.

This plugin greatly expands what you’re able to do with BuddyPress. BuddyPress Portfolio is available for free from the WordPress plugin repository. If this plugin serves a crucial need in your BuddyPress-powered community, download it today. It will give users a place to express themselves in a more permanent way than a status update and add a new dimension to your social network.

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