i am confused as to plugins vs. buddypress

i'm confused. there are a number of plug-ins not here, like 'Avatars' 'Membership (list your members visually might be another name)', 'Chat', 'Site Categories', all of which seem to imply a more graphical, (which I like) relationship with the site.

however, some of them seem to conflict with BuddyPress, or are not supported. I tried to install 'Avatars' for example and my entire BuddyPress blanked out.


anyway, i'm looking for smooth stability in a major social network that incorporates many sites, eCommerce, pro sites, the whole deal. i'm striving to understand why I would or would not use these plugins in lieu of BuddyPress and what functions properly.

thanks in advance :slight_smile:

  • Tyler Postle

    Hey again Griffin :slight_smile:

    Avatars isn't compatible with BuddyPress because BP already has avatar functionality built in, so it isn't needed.

    Same with Members Directory. BuddyPress already gives you a Members Directory.

    Chat and site categories should work fine with BuddyPress - infact, chat actually integrates with BuddyPress and allows for 1 on 1 chats with friends :slight_smile:

    Are you wondering why you would use Members Directory and Avatars instead of BuddyPress? It really comes down to how much functionality you need. BuddyPress is a full featured social network plugin and Members directory + Avatars is just a nice light plugin to give a list of your members on the front end.

    Based on the sounds of your project I think that BuddyPress is the better choice to be honest - you are wanting that more social network feel.

    hope this helps! Let me know if you have any further questions.

    All the best,

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