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.
The WordPress-Buddypress-Lockdown challenge
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
Here’s an important message for all of the BuddyPress-powered communities out there looking to upgrade to 1.6. This next release will require WordPress 3.4. If you’re wanting to take advantage of everything new that BuddyPress 1.6 has to offer, it’s a good idea to go ahead and upgrade your WordPress site to 3.4. If you haven’t already upgraded, you’re definitely missing out, given all of the fancy new theme customization features in the 3.4 release. Get your sites ready so you can jump on BuddyPress 1.6 when it’s officially released.
Ah, the Intranet. Long hailed as the red-headed step child of web portals, Intranet’s are increasingly becoming more sophisticated as companies realize the true potential of a well-designed central hub to share, collaborate, reference company and client information, and even manage projects and track time.
While there’s no shortage of hosted Intranet solutions on the market, fortunately for the WordPress inclined a plethora of themes, widgets and plugins are available whether you’re looking to build an Intranet for 5 employees or 500.
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: