How to separate multisite BuddyPress installations so there is no crossover between sub sites?

I have a multisite where each subsite created needs to have a separate social network using buddypress. After setting up this site and creating a few test sub sites i noticed there is some user and group crossover. What is the best solution to have completely separate Social Networks on each sub site?

  • Adam Czajczyk

    Hello Michael,

    I hope you're well today and thank you for your question!

    The BuddyPress plugin on Multisite does not work like that. It's a single BuddyPress install and it it can't work "separate for each sub-site". There's an option to turn "multisite mode" on with an additional definition in "wp-config.php" file but it won't separate those "social networks" but rather make some parts of BuddyPress installation (like e.g. /members page) available via local sub-site addresses rather than via the main domain.

    There are two additional plugin that are supposed to help you achieve that kind of setup though:

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/bp-multi-network/

    https://buddydev.com/plugins/buddypress-multi-network/

    It seems however that the first one is "officially" compatible only up to 4.5.6 version of WordPress and the second one has not been even updated since June 2014. They say that it's tested with BuddyPress 2.3.4 so there's a good chance that it will work but I would strongly suggest testing it in a staging/dev setup first rather than on a live site.

    If you have any additional questions, let me know please.

    Best regards,
    Adam

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