Though the BuddyPress theme market is still relatively small compared to general WordPress themes, there are already a good number of theme providers out there. Our followers on Twitter quite often ask us where they can find BuddyPress themes. Searching Google can be a bit overwhelming and tedious when you’re in the market for a theme. That’s why we’ve prepared this list of places where you can find both free and commercial BuddyPress themes. No need to spend hours sorting through search results – just make sure to bookmark our list as a reference for the next time you’re looking for a theme.
Want to distinguish groups from members who are using the mystery man default avatar? The BuddyPress Group Default Avatar plugin makes it easy to upload your own custom avatar. Simply upload your image via FTP or using the WordPress media library and then paste the full URL in the plugin’s options screen.
If you haven’t visited the BuddyPress codex lately, you should check it out. It has been refreshed to match the new look of BuddyPress.org and is getting more organized to help you find the information you need. Sections are organized into Components, Versions and Main Pages. Recent codex activity is also listed on the front page.
New Additions to the BuddyPress Codex:
If you’re a fan of the BuddyPress Courseware plugin, you need to check out their beautiful new website, located at coursewa.re. Courseware is a learning management system built for use with BuddyPress. The new website features an introduction video, access to the support forums, a live Twitter feed of Courseware-related news, latest commits, and the plugin’s documentation handbook.
We’ve been following Stas Suscov and the Courseware team for awhile as they continue to innovate in open source learning management software. Make sure to bookmark coursewa.re to check in with all of their latest announcements.
The BuddyPress Links plugin, created by Marshall Sorenson, is now available in the PressCrew Shop. This plugin is a great addition to any BuddyPress community. It allows members to create and manage links, share others’ links, embed rich media, and much more!
Three tiers of support are currently available:
Personal – up to three domains.
Business – unlimited domains OR one multi-site network.
Developer – unlimited domains AND multi-site networks.
BuddyPress Links is available starting at $49, which is quite reasonable for a professionally-supported plugin from a well-respected developer. Check out all the new features for the plugin at the PressCrew store.
Themeforest has a new BuddyPress theme for sale. It’s called Feature! and it’s not one of your average cookie cutter BuddyPress themes. Feature! has a bold magazine style with loads of configurable options. The theme also comes with matching bbPress styles so that your forum is a seamless part of your community.
Don’t like the background and color scheme? Check out the demo to see how easy it is to change the background patterns and colors. The ease of customization is one of the many highlights about this theme. Feature! also includes:
Unbranded Admin Panel
Not every user is the same! The reasons people become members of social networks are as varied as the members themselves. Users interact with your site in different ways and it’s important to be able to categorize them.
Multiple user types can expand the types of social networks that you are able to build with BuddyPress. In this tutorial we’ll cover how to build multiple user account types into your registration process.
1. Install and activate the Buddypress User Account Types plugin.
BuddyPress Twitter is a very cool new plugin that will help you get your community members and groups connected via Twitter. Once you set up the profile field in the BuddyPress settings your members and groups will be able to enter their Twitter usernames.
Here’s what the follow button looks like on the BuddyPress member profiles:
Below is an example of the follow button on group profiles:
If your BuddyPress community is active on Twitter, this plugin is a great tool for boosting communication both on and off your website. Download BuddyPress Twitter for free from the WordPress plugin repository.
Are you experienced with BuddyPress? This is another interesting question that came up during our WordPress Q & A last week.
Submitted by a WPMU reader named Kris:
We are running WordPress MU and BuddyPress as one blog setup, but the site seems to be quite slow.
Would it make it faster if we had a two separate installations? One for our WordPress blog (with all the content etc..), and another installation for users to access Buddypress. A single login would need to work across both of these sites.
This past week I posted a quick tutorial for how to add some basic privacy to BuddyPress profile data, based on some code I came across in the forums. I was excited to find that plugin developer modemlooper turned this idea into a quick plugin! He added in the option for each individual user to select if they would like their profile hidden from non-friends or public by default.