With more internet searches happening today among tablet and smartphone users than traditional desktop computer users, it is important that your website be ready to handle traffic from any number of devices. This is especially true of online communities, where millions of people constantly search, share and inspire communication. Responsive WordPress themes have become more common as a result but what about your BuddyPress community? Since we’re often asked on Twitter where to find themes for BuddyPress, today we have put together a list of 10 themes that maximize your audience across numerous platforms and screen sizes. Here are 10 responsive BuddyPress themes. Enjoy!
I’m a huge fan of the new WordPress toolbar integration for the BuddyPress user menu. However, if you’ve heavily customized the BuddyBar and you’re not quite ready to switch over to the new WordPress toolbar, you can still upgrade.
Here’s a quick snippet you can use to make sure your BuddyPress site continues to use the BuddyBar:
// disable the WP Toolbar and revert back to the BuddyBar add_filter( 'bp_use_wp_admin_bar', '__return_false' );
Add that code to your bp-custom.php file and you’ll be good to go. More info on upgrading is also available in the codex.
BuddyPress 1.6 has finally dropped! We’ve all been waiting on the edge of our seats and this makes for a happy Monday.
Last night I heard hints from @bptrac on Twitter of BuddyPress 1.6 about to be released:
Bump stable tag in readme.txt to 1.6. bit.ly/Qvcnjk— BuddyPress Trac (@bptrac) August 6, 2012
When I woke up in the morning, the shining new BuddyPress 1.6 was ready for download!
A few months ago the team at PressCrew started selling pre-orders of their highly anticipated Balance theme for BuddyPress. Balance has finally launched and is ready for purchase. This BuddyPress theme has a responsive design and is built on the Infinity Anti-Framework.
Balance has several unique features that make it stand out from other BuddyPress themes, including:
Works with all BuddyPress 1.5 compatible plugins
Activity Stream Tour: Provides your new members a guided tour
BP Component Introductions: Easily insert a introduction text, advertisements or notifications on all the BuddyPress directory pages
Many of us are sitting on the edge of our seats in anticipation of the official BuddyPress 1.6 release. This weekend the BuddyPress development team released BuddyPress 1.6 RC2. We’re now closer than ever to the 1.6 release and can expect it very soon. If you want to be ready ahead of time, go ahead and download RC2 from WordPress.org and make sure your theme and plugins will be compatible.
BuddyPress 1.5.7 was also released this weekend. It’s a security release that addresses an important bug. If you’re using BuddyPress 1.5+, you can upgrade to BuddyPress 1.5.7 immediately without any problem.
The WordPress-Buddypress-Lockdown challenge
I often read about folks wanting to lockdown their WordPress-Buddypress site, and make it so that content is accessible to logged-in members only. Even more, many want to know how to redirect site visitors to a landing page like Facebook – with login and registration on the page – while still having some select content available to them.
Look no further folks. Today, we’re gonna git ‘er done!
Once we’re finished with this project, and depending on your chosen theme of course, your landing page should look quite similar to the screenshot at right.
For those of you who have been waiting on the edge of your seats for the BuddyPress 1.6 release, you’ll be happy to hear that it’s almost here. We weren’t sure exactly when it would be released, but now we are closer than ever with RC1 out the door today. Time to fire up your BuddyPress development environments and start testing! We’re all very excited about the new features that BuddyPress 1.6 will include and the more people testing, the faster we can all squash any remaining critical bugs.
BuddyPress Developers: Make hay while the sun shines…
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.
It’s amazing how many different and unique ways people are putting BuddyPress social networking to use for their community websites. In these examples you will see people from all over the globe connecting on mutual interests, including sports, spirituality, fundraising, beer, education, music, and more. Check out a few of these sites to find some inspiration for using BuddyPress to connect people across the globe in new ways.
Venture Capital for Africa
Feel the Yarn