Want to remove the ability for your users to upload avatars in BuddyPress? It’s very easy with BuddyPress version 1.5+. Enabling or disabling avatar uploads is built into the core. You can access it by going to Dashboard » BuddyPress » Settings.
BuddyPress Group Plus is a new plugin that allows you to expand your BuddyPress group pages with more information. It offers two additional/optional fields for your BuddyPress groups:
New field allows groups to link to an external website
Ability to add an extra field that you define
Here’s a screenshot of an example of how this would appear on the group creation page:
The information from the new fields is then added to the group’s header:
Group admins are able to edit the details:
ThemeForest has announced that it’s doors are now open for BuddyPress themes, due to the recent success of themes already offering BuddyPress support. Salutation is one such theme, which has already had 650+ sales since we last checked after featuring it on WPMU.org:
Salutation: A New HTML5 WordPress and BuddyPress Theme
ThemeForest has already got a couple other themes offering BuddyPress support, including DynamiX (3,600+ sales) and Mingle (1,600+ sales).
Last week we featured Infinity: a brand new free Anti-Framework for WordPress, BuddyPress and Multisite. I am pretty impressed with it so far and am really looking forward to seeing where it goes. To get you all up to speed with what’s going on at Infinity I did an email interview with Marshall and Bowe. It’s a long one but it’s got loads of background information about Infinity and will give you some great insight into how it works. Here’s what they had to say:
Tell our readers what Infinity is in less than 50 words?
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen people ask on Twitter if BuddyPress is just a forum. Where do they get this notion? Is it because BuddyPress sounds so similar to bbPress? Let me just clear this up right now: BuddyPress is more than a forum!
One quick glance at the BuddyPress.org website will show you all of its core features on the front page:
So I’m posting this blog for anyone who googles:
Is BuddyPress just a forum?
BuddyPress and bbPress theme and plugin developers will love this one! Developer Rich Fuller of Etivite.com has updated and posted a handy reference for BuddyPress 1.5 and bbPress 2.0 Action and Filter Hooks.
The cool thing about this reference is that it’s searchable and each hook entry links you to its trac file. BuddyPress 1.5 and bbPress 2.0 Action and Filter Hooks is definitely a page you’ll want to bookmark.
BuddyPress plugin developer modemlooper has released a quick and helpful plugin that will add a Profile tab to the end of the main BuddyPress navigation. BuddyPress Profile Menu enables logged in users to have easy access to profile-related links.
If you’ve turned off the WordPress admin bar, this menu is especially useful for retaining member access to profile links. It was designed to work with BuddyPress 1.5+ and the BP default theme.
Download BuddyPress Profile Menu from the WordPress plugin repository.
Thought WordPress and BuddyPress were just for the public environment? Companies have discovered BuddyPress and how to maintain employee communities.
Can’t find a BuddyPress Intranet Theme Demo? Unfortunately, due to the nature of a company intranet, demos and samples where companies are powered by a WordPress/BuddyPress Intranet can be hard to come by, a true intranet is basically behind a gateway, with some public information on the front end, sometimes with just a landing page with an entry login box. Here are some sites to look at for general BuddyPress design samples.
(MORE DETAILS ON ADAPTATION CAPABILITIES BELOW)
Intranet Advantages for WordPress and Buddypress
Infinity is a brand new free Anti-Framework developed by BuddyPress afficionados Bowe Frankema and Marshall Sorenson. It’s been a year in the making and it has just been released as a private beta (private including anyone on Twitter who follows them.
Paul Gibbs, BuddyPress core developer and all-round-awesome-guy, has released BuddyPress Welcome Pack 3.0.
Welcome Pack is a BuddyPress plugin which lets you automatically send a new user a friend or a group invitation. You can also send them a Welcome Message or redirect them to a start page.
The latest release includes the following:
new admin page design
new email customization options
easy-to-theme HTML templates
The welcome emails were design by our own fabulous Tammie Lister!
You can check out the preview video that Paul put together:
Welcome Pack 3.0 Preview from Paul Gibbs on Vimeo.