BuddyPress used to be a headache to set up, but not anymore thanks to huge improvements in recent versions. While there are plenty of guides to help you get started, the easiest way to learn how to set up the social networking plugin is to jump right in and have a go. So here's how.
BuddyPress is a great tool for adding social networking to your WordPress site, but what if your site's theme wasn't built with BuddyPress in mind? Even worse, what if you have a regular WordPress theme that doesn't play well with BuddyPress at all?
Missing menus, pages that aren't displaying properly, perhaps even a sidebar or two that just look completely wrong... I'll pause here to let you gasp. If this has been the case for any sites you've built, don't panic! Read on.
Amongst the hullabaloo surrounding the release of WordPress 3.9, BuddyPress 2.0 was quietly shipped with a bunch of cool, new features.
Dubbed “Juliana” after a Brooklyn pizza joint where BuddyPress developers regularly pow-wowed, the latest release offers some of what developers asked for in the 2014 BuddyPress Survey – better administrative tools, performance improvements and updates to the activity stream.
The release comes after the social networking plugin recently crossed 2 million downloads, and almost five years since BuddyPress 1.0 was released.
What’s New in BuddyPress 2.0?
New Administrative Tools
New tools have been built into the software that simplify and centralize common admin tasks.
The New Blog Templates plugin has always been invaluable for WordPress multisite network owners wanting to provide pre-packaged sites for their clients.
The latest updates add BuddyPress compatibility, taking pre-packaging to new heights by allowing network owners to provide site owners with a 1-click install of a fully-configured, fully-themed BuddyPress site.
Add A Network Of Social Networks
The recent updates to New Blog Templates have fully integrated BuddyPress into the site creation process. Now network owners can create a common social network for their multisite install with multiple entry points.
Common scenarios where this could be invaluable include:
Our developers are always working hard to improve our plugins, and today we’re super excited to announce HUGE updates to our Chat plugin.
Since we last updated you on Chat’s features, the plugin now includes the ability to control where chats appear, full BuddyPress integration, significant front-end display improvements, chat logs displayed on the front-end (helping SEO!), specific bottom corner chat features and some very important under-the-hood improvements.
Improvements to Chat
Development for BuddyPress 1.9 is already underway. One of the most exciting updates planned is a massive overhaul of the BuddyPress codex. Today the team posted a survey to gather community input about improvements that should be made to the codex.
BuddyPress 1.8 was just released and work for 1.9 is already underway. The tentative scope and timeline for 1.9 was announced last week on the BuddyPress Development blog. Given the success of the last release, the team is shooting for another speedy release cycle this time around.
Development has already begun on the following new items. Here’s what you’ll have to look forward to in BuddyPress 1.9:
New template pack – to include all the major templates for BuddyPress. Learn how to get involved and follow the project on github.
A quick search through the plugins at wordpress.org will turn up several photo plugins for BuddyPress but none with the comprehensive list of features offered by the rtMedia plugin. Previously known as BuddyPress Media, it has been completely re-written and has re-launched with the new rtMedia branding.
The BuddyPress core team promised a short release cycle for 1.8 and they have delivered! BuddyPress 1.8 was released today and cheers were heard around the world. Dancing and pizza-feasting will probably continue into the night.
The 1.8 release is dubbed “Di Fara” after a famous Brooklyn pizza joint where each pizza pie is handmade by its owner, Dom DeMarco.
A few months ago we previewed the new features that are included in BuddyPress 1.8. The most exciting features highlighted in the release blog today include:
Better theme integration
DropBox has exploded in popularity, offering users the ability to put their files in the cloud and share them with other DropBox users, where everyone can download, access and edit them on the go. Now you can harness this same kind of file-sharing power for your own BuddyPress site, with your very own file upload, management and sharing system.
Introducing BuddyDrive, a free plugin that lets you turn your BuddyPress site into a powerful cooperative community.
Effective team collaboration with BuddyPress