I'm in the early process of designing a private buddypress / multisite installation for my family and extended family members.
Given these criteria below, what would everybody recommend to make this happen? I'm thinking Pro-Sites and Protected Content?
a-) I would like to make the all of the main buddy press site private, viewable and post-able to signed in members only, and make that membership by invitation only, so that the family members need to enter an invite code when they sign up to gain access.
c-) I would like to offer family members an advanced option so that they can create their own websites, using Pro-Sites I know how to do that... not sure how to give them the option of making these protected or open blogs if they choose? I don't think I would want to charge anything for this "pro" option, I mean this is just all family that is spread all around the world, a way to keep connected without the issues of Facebook. How would I setup a pro option in pro sites that is also free? Coupon?
Any ideas, or experiences in making this work would be awesome and appreciated!