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.
Ah, the Intranet. Long hailed as the red-headed step child of web portals, Intranet’s are increasingly becoming more sophisticated as companies realize the true potential of a well-designed central hub to share, collaborate, reference company and client information, and even manage projects and track time.
While there’s no shortage of hosted Intranet solutions on the market, fortunately for the WordPress inclined a plethora of themes, widgets and plugins are available whether you’re looking to build an Intranet for 5 employees or 500.
If you’re running a BuddyPress social network that has anything to do with human resources or professional networking, you’ll want to check out the new BP Resume Page plugin. It gives you members the ability to add online resumes within their BuddyPress profiles, including “Education”, “Professional Experience”, and “Skills”.
Here’s what other members see when they visit a user’s resume page:
Resume fields can be filled out by visiting the “Add” tab:
Last month we let you know that the new BuddyPress Location Checkins plugin is now in beta. If you’ve been following this plugin’s progress, you’ll be happy to know that imath has added BP Checkins to the WordPress repository, in anticipation of some exciting new features, including:
The ability to add photos to checkins
Community Places – an area to share the places you like and have checked in
Foursquare API – members will be able to authorize BP Checkins to get their foursquare checkins
Here’s a teaser of what you can expect in the next version:
By default members of a BuddyPress site are redirected to the home page after logging in. BuddyPress Login Redirect is a simple plugin that lets you change this. Currently you can select from three different locations to redirect:
Personal Profile / Personal Activity
Site Wide Activity
If you don’t want to show your homepage to logged in users then you’re better off using BP Profile as Homepage instead. The BuddyPress Login Redirect plugin is more suitable if you want to redirect to one of the three options above. Download it for free from the WordPress plugin repository.