Even with great serverside performance, Buddypress sites are not good for those slower connection speeds. Even the default BB theme adds some 100k to the home page download. I've been using http://www.websiteoptimization.com/ as a way to determine the size of the home page download and the calculated download times. Is there a better way?
It seems that there are sufficient plugins to create *much* Buddypress like functionality w/o Buddypress scripts, eg. membership directory, blogs directory, friends, etc. I don't see one fro adding Groups but I think there is one for blog activities. I need to ba able to add fields to the user profile w/o BuddyPress; any suggestions?
Will a non-Buddypress site with such "community" plugins perform better than a Buddpress site? Which themes are good with this approach, like any Buddypress theme? Could I use the Corporate Theme os the Scholar(can they be sued w/o Buddypress)?