BuddyPress Now Supports WordPress Single User: No WPMU Required!

A number of exciting updates were released in the BuddyPress world over the holidays. We’ve been keeping our finger on the pulse of WordPress all the while and we won’t let you miss a beat.

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A few days before the new year Andy Peatling announced that the BuddyPress trunk now offers WordPress single user support. This opens up a lot of opportunities for those in the WordPress community who want to experiment with BuddyPress but would rather not have to deal with WPMU. It’s also great for those sites that don’t require blog functionality for their BuddyPress users. Many of those who have tried it are reporting that it’s already quite stable.

Being the curious type, I had to try it for myself. So far it seems to be working fairly decently. If you want to install version 1.2-rare, here’s what you do:

1. Install WP Single User.

2. Make sure Pretty Permalinks are turned on.

3. Download the BuddyPress Trunk here.
Scroll down to the bottom and grab the zip archive.

4. Unpack it and upload to your wp-plugins directory.

5. Make sure you move the bp-themes folder to the wp-content/themes directory and you should be good to go.

This exciting news puts BuddyPress one step closer to being ready for the WPMU merge with single user WordPress in 3.0. If you’ve been daunted by getting into WPMU but are dying to try BuddyPress, go ahead and test it out on single user WordPress. More discussion is available here: http://buddypress.org/forums/topic/single-wp-supported-on-latest-trunk Let us know your experiences with it and if you encounter any issues.