Liking is a feature that became wildly popular on Facebook as soon as it was introduced. BuddyPress does not have this ability built in, so if you want to add likes you will need to add a suitable BuddyPress plugin. The BuddyPress Like plugin is a common choice. However, if you want to add both Likes and Dislikes, you may want to consider the new BuddyPress Like Dislike plugin. It is a modification of Alex Hempton-Smith’s BP Like plugin.
Want BuddyPress private messages to work a little more like email? BuddyPress Message Attachment is a new plugin that gives your community members the ability to attach files to private messages. The plugin’s settings page lets site administrators customize the allowed file types for the attachments as well as the maximum size.
Here’s what your messaging compose screen will look like with attachments allowed:
Attachments are then shown on the recipient’s message screen:
BuddyPress spam is a perennial problem that can negatively affect your social network. At times it can seem like weeds taking over your beautiful garden. Everyone knows what it’s like to receive spam emails but when your members begin receiving spam messages through your community, they may feel as though their profile, participation and experiences are not secure. That is why, when building a community, it’s important to maintain good spam protection; a spam-free experience produces subtle confidence that will keep your users returning.
Want more control over how to display the content on your BuddyPress site?
Now you can show BuddyPress content anywhere on your site using simple shortcodes. Bowe Codes is a free plugin that allows BuddyPress users to display BuddyPress content wherever they can copy and paste a shortCode.
Bowe Codes currently has ten available ShortCodes :
Member / Members
Group / Groups
My Friends / My Groups
Multisite Blogs / Multisite Posts
Up until now there really was no easy way to add birthdate or datepicker type fields to BuddyPress profiles, though this is a very common question to include in a social networking profile. The included date of birth field type in this plugin is just overall better than the default BuddyPress date selector, which includes future years. The BuddyPress core wasn’t meant to have everything and that’s why the community has made some very cool plugins to extend the platform.
BuddyPig sounds like a made up word, right? It’s actually a new plugin that was created during an Automattic hack day. PIG is an acronym for Personal Information Game. The BuddyPig plugin is a game designed to help BuddyPress group members get to know each other better by automatically generating questions and potential answers based on BuddyPress profiles.
BuddyPress Links is a commercial add-on that expands how your BuddyPress community interacts around links and shared content. Marshall Sorenson, the plugin’s developer, promised that he would re-release a free version of Links with some of the advanced features stripped out if he were able to cover the cost of development.
The BuddyPress Links community version is now available in the WordPress repository and updated to support BuddyPress 1.6.
The new BuddyPress Extended Settings plugin is very useful for admins who don’t want to have to add a bunch of plugins and code snippets for certain small community-related tweaks. It adds a new tab to the BuddyPress menu that includes an easy way to put profiles on the root, show the profile tab as default, allow special characters and uppercase letter in usernames, disable customer header, control avatar sizes, etc.
A professional networking site has different requirements than your standard personal social networking site. The style of interaction is entirely different. Social networking sites that focus on sharing one’s personal life tend to be based on more casual relationships between people and usually include a less formal approach to the presentation of one’s profile and activity. Professional networking sites, however, often have similar features to non-professional networking sites but the user’s approach is entirely different and sharing is much more intentional. As a result, professional networking sites often have a greater struggle with getting users to share and interact with each other’s content.
The BuddyPress recent members widget doesn’t bother to check if a user has uploaded an avatar. Some BuddyPress site admins would prefer not to show any users who are still using the generic mystery man avatar. You can get more control over your widget display by using a plugin that checks for avatars specifically. BuddyPress Members With Uploaded Avatars Widget is a free plugin from BuddyPress developer Brajesh Singh of BuddyDev.com. This widget lets you showcase a list of members who have uploaded an avatar recently or changed their photos.