BuddyPress works great out of the box, but if you want to create a complete online community you’ll need a few plugins to bolster the basic package. Here are our picks of the best options for live chat, membership, eCommerce and social sharing.
Adding live chat to your site is not only convenient for your users, but can also help cut down on support expenses, increase sales and give you the edge over your competition. And with our free Chat plugin – available to download from the WordPress Plugin Directory – it only takes a few minutes to set up real-time chat on your site.
Some WordPress users require full-blown ecommerce solutions (like MarketPress); however, some don’t need quite that much. Still, they need a solution that will let them sell their products with confidence through PayPal and give them some payment processing options at the same time.
In this post, we’ll go over 5 PayPal plugin that let you do everything from add a shopping cart right to your site to simply take donations.
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
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.
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
New BuddyPress plugins are being released just about every day, and once in awhile there’s one that stands out with the potential to be universally useful. That’s the case with the new BuddyPress Activity Privacy plugin. It gives users the ability to restrict who can see their activity posts.
Once installed and activated, BuddyPress Activity Privacy adds the following privacy controls to the post update box for members:
Logged In Users
WordPress sites are tasty morsels for spammers. BuddyPress seems to be even more popular, because not only can users comment on blogs but they can also run wild in the activity streams, forums and private messaging inboxes with offers for pharmaceuticals and fashion handbags. Unfortunately, spam is an irritating problem for virtually 100% of BuddyPress sites.
BuddyPress now has 468 plugins listed as extensions for the platform. How would you ever know which ones are quality and which are no good if you’re a new to BuddyPress? You could spend hours researching all the options, reviews, support forums, installing and testing. Or, you could get some advice.
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Today’s tip is something that could benefit friendship interactions in any BuddyPress community. Just last week, BuddyPress developer Brajesh Singh released a new plugin. The BuddyPress Extended Friendship Request plugin takes friendship requests to the next level by supplementing the “Add Friend” button with a bit of personalization.
Once installed, this plugin causes a click on the “Add Friend” button to pop up a little message window, enabling a user to send a message along with the friendship request.
Here’s a screenshot of the plugin in action: