We all know and love the WordPress login page, and many of us have tried to customize the heck out of it at some point or another. But even if we get it looking and working more or less the way we want, it’s not always a good fit for the type of site we’re running. In many instances, a sidebar login seems to be a more appropriate choice. For one thing, a sidebar login is always there, enticing your visitors to connect and to engage with other users. That can be especially true if you’re running a niche community network with Buddypress.
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.
BuddyPress Portfolio is an exciting new plugin that allows members to create their own simple portfolios within your community. It can be used to create a set of projects, ie; IT projects, knitting, recipes, designs, scholarship, awards, past achievements – you name it. It’s quite versatile and can be re-purposed for non-portfolio style use.
This is a really cool idea for showcasing your members’ many talents. It also helps your users get acquainted with one another’s interests and abilities. Members can explore each other’s projects which are listed in the sitewide project directory:
Want a fun way to get members interacting more on your BuddyPress site? BuddyPress MyMood is a new plugin that lets members post moods and smileys with status updates on profiles and group pages.
Posted moods then show up in the activity stream where other users can comment on them:
A user’s most recent mood post shows up in the profile header above the most recent status update.
One great feature of this plugin is that it is entirely customizable through the dashboard, should you wish to change or remove any of the moods in the dropdown list.
The former developer of the BuddyPress Gifts Plugin abandoned it some time ago. This is always sad but understandable when a developer doesn’t have time to commit to his plugin anymore. I’m happy to report that BuddyPress Gifts has been adopted and the new developer is calling it BuddyPress Gifts Rebirth. This is a very cool plugin that allows members of your BuddyPress site to send each other “gifts”. Administrators can upload, delete and edit gifts from the dashboard, making them entirely customizable.
Location check-ins are an exciting part of social networks that let members keep track of their friends doing fun things in fun places. Users love to broadcast their locations and the option to check in keeps them coming back to visit the site, especially via mobile devices.
Not all social networks are created the same. If you’ve settled on WordPress as your CMS and want to build a social network or add community features to an existing site, you actually have a decent selection of options for making your site more interactive. Over the past couple of years, several plugins have emerged as strong contenders for transforming your WordPress site into a full-featured social network. In this post we’ll examine the strengths and features of each of the top three plugins available for building a social network with WordPress.
Without the help of plugins and/or custom theming, there’s not a lot of flexibility with WordPress sidebars. When you’re working with BuddyPress, a set sidebar may not always be the best choice for use sitewide with your various components. BuddyPress developer @slaFFik has released a new plugin that aims to give you more flexibility in widget display, whether it’s in your sidebar or footer or any other widgetized area.