Are you in search of a photo gallery plugin for BuddyPress? After hearing a few horror stories of server crashes when using various gallery plugins currently available, we’d like to review the bpPicture Album plugin, which was built specifically for BuddyPress. Manoj Kumar is the author of the plugin and it is in consideration for the official gallery component of future releases of BuddyPress.
I downloaded the bpPicture Album plugin version 0.1.1 from the WordPress plugin repository and installed it with WPMU 126.96.36.199 and BuddyPress 1.1.3. My experience with the installation was flawless and everything worked immediately except the picture wire.
Quick 2 Minute Installation:
1. Download the plugin and upload it to the /plugins directory.
2. Activate the Plugin.
3. Move the “album” directory out of /bppicture-album/ and place it into /bp-sn-parent/. It should be on the same level with the /activity and /profile directories.
This is the error I get where there should be a picture wire:
Fatal error: Cannot access empty property in /home/mycpanelusername/public_html/mydomain.com/mysubdirectory/wp-content/plugins/buddypress/bp-wire/bp-wire-templatetags.php on line 26
This is due to the bp_picture_wire table in the database being empty … It looks like this empty table is on purpose for the time being, but I’d rather it not throw an error. ;)
I would sincerely like to see this plugin succeed, as I believe its positive aspects far outweigh its present drawbacks. Gallery functionality is a necessary feature for most of the social networks currently operating on BuddyPress and I hope that others will get involved in contributing to the development of this plugin. It’s probably difficult for the developer to keep up with all the changes that BuddyPress is going through, so I’m sure he’d appreciate your support and feedback. You can read more about this plugin at Manoj Kumar’s homepage for bpPicture Album.