BuddyPress

The Ultimate Beginners Guide To BuddyPress

Are you thinking about setting up a social network for your university’s onesie appreciation society? Are you suffering analysis paralysis after installing BuddyPress because you don’t know which boxes you should tick? Or maybe you’ve set up version 1.7 and have a truck load of questions?

Well, you’ve come to the right place.

In this guide I’ll go through the ins and outs of BuddyPress, or as everyone and their dog likes to call it, social networking in a box.

I’ll cover:

What is BuddyPress?
Features
Why you should use it
Installation
bbPress forums
Plugins
Themes
Who uses it
Support
The future of BuddyPress

Okay, So What Is BuddyPress?

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How To Display BuddyPress Profile Data On WordPress Multisite Blogs

Displaying BuddyPress profile data outside of the main BuddyPress components is a little trickier than you might imagine. However, this is a common request, especially since many of our readers manage multisite networks. So for this quick tip we’re going to examine a few examples of displaying BuddyPress profile data on multisite blogs.
Basic Example of Displaying BP Profile Info on a Multisite Blog

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Replace BuddyPress Friends Functionality With Followers

Every BuddyPress site has different requirements for how users should be able to connect. The built-in friendship functionality of BuddyPress is not appropriate for every social network. This is especially true for professional networks. In many instances you may want to replace the friendship component with followers instead. Luckily, there’s a plugin that does that for you.

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Important Notice For BuddyPress Theme Developers

BuddyPress 1.7 is very soon on its way to a dashboard near you. Theme compatibility is one of the most exciting features of the upcoming 1.7 release. But how will this affect existing BuddyPress themes?

If you’re a BuddyPress theme author and your theme supplies its own BuddyPress templates, you will need to prevent BuddyPress from running its theme compatibility when your theme is active. Boone Gorges outlined how to do this in the latest post on the BuddyPress Development blog. You’ll want to add this line to your theme’s functions.php file:

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add_theme_support( 'buddypress' );
BuddyPress 1.7 will be compatible with all WordPress themes

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Get A Curated List of BuddyPress Plugins In Your Dashboard

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.
Get A Curated List of The Best BuddyPress Plugins From WordPress.org

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