Everyone who manages a BuddyPress community needs to know about the new BuddyPress Toolbar plugin. It’s a small and lightweight plugin that changes the WordPress admin bar to include useful admin links and resources for BuddyPress sites.
Want to distinguish groups from members who are using the mystery man default avatar? The BuddyPress Group Default Avatar plugin makes it easy to upload your own custom avatar. Simply upload your image via FTP or using the WordPress media library and then paste the full URL in the plugin’s options screen.
If you’re a fan of the BuddyPress Courseware plugin, you need to check out their beautiful new website, located at coursewa.re. Courseware is a learning management system built for use with BuddyPress. The new website features an introduction video, access to the support forums, a live Twitter feed of Courseware-related news, latest commits, and the plugin’s documentation handbook.
We’ve been following Stas Suscov and the Courseware team for awhile as they continue to innovate in open source learning management software. Make sure to bookmark coursewa.re to check in with all of their latest announcements.
The BuddyPress Links plugin, created by Marshall Sorenson, is now available in the PressCrew Shop. This plugin is a great addition to any BuddyPress community. It allows members to create and manage links, share others’ links, embed rich media, and much more!
Three tiers of support are currently available:
Personal – up to three domains.
Business – unlimited domains OR one multi-site network.
Developer – unlimited domains AND multi-site networks.
BuddyPress Links is available starting at $49, which is quite reasonable for a professionally-supported plugin from a well-respected developer. Check out all the new features for the plugin at the PressCrew store.
Not every user is the same! The reasons people become members of social networks are as varied as the members themselves. Users interact with your site in different ways and it’s important to be able to categorize them.
Multiple user types can expand the types of social networks that you are able to build with BuddyPress. In this tutorial we’ll cover how to build multiple user account types into your registration process.
1. Install and activate the Buddypress User Account Types plugin.
BuddyPress Twitter is a very cool new plugin that will help you get your community members and groups connected via Twitter. Once you set up the profile field in the BuddyPress settings your members and groups will be able to enter their Twitter usernames.
Here’s what the follow button looks like on the BuddyPress member profiles:
Below is an example of the follow button on group profiles:
If your BuddyPress community is active on Twitter, this plugin is a great tool for boosting communication both on and off your website. Download BuddyPress Twitter for free from the WordPress plugin repository.
This past week I posted a quick tutorial for how to add some basic privacy to BuddyPress profile data, based on some code I came across in the forums. I was excited to find that plugin developer modemlooper turned this idea into a quick plugin! He added in the option for each individual user to select if they would like their profile hidden from non-friends or public by default.
This weekend BuddyPress developer imath launched a beta plugin for BuddyPress that allows users to share any web page directly to a BuddyPress site.
You’ve seen and used bookmarklets for services such as Delicious, Diaspora and Pinterest. This one behaves very similarly, except it’s for posting to your particular BuddyPress site.
Prolific BuddyPress plugin author etivite has just released a plugin that automatically creates a group for administrators and moderators.
BuddyPress Group for Community Admins and Mods creates a private group where all current group administrators and moderators can interact. Once you have this group in place, you can send out announcements to your community support staff. You can even give them a forum of their own to maintain community standards or just to blow off some steam.
Download BuddyPress Group for Community Admins and Mods from the WordPress plugin repository.
Restricting group creation is something that many, if not most, BuddyPress sites want to have in place right away. Depending on how many options you need, there are a couple of solutions.
The first and the easiest way is to restrict group creation to site admins only. This is actually built into BuddyPress since version 1.5. You can find it under the BuddyPress » Settings menu:
Simply toggle it on or off. If you need more options than restricting group creation to admin only, then you’ll want to check out the BuddyPress Restrict Group Creation plugin by Rich Fuller.