Sequential creation of site using WPMU and : do I need BP?

Well, I'll take the plunge. Here is a description of what I'm after. I love WP and would love to be able to create this site using WPMU as I will have a whole lot of members/bloggers. Now, I don't know if I'll need BuddyPress, but let me share a list of my needs here, if I may.

I'll be grateful if you could suggest plugins for each function/feature you think would be best suited?

I've done a few WP sites, but this is my first time attempting to make a WPMU site.

Thanks in advance!

styzer
Canada
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The projected website will present a collection of artists from 3 fields: music, writing and visual arts.

There will be three types of memberships:

- visitor
- member
- artist

VISITORS - FREE- No account.

Browse freely.

MEMBERS - FREE- Account. Registration needed.

Has a member page.

Has a blog.

Has a simple music player.

Can create playlists from free offered music (stock photo websites lightbox concept - one-click to add to a playlist). The music could be played on their page via a media player. Some artists won't offer free music, others will.

Display a number of feeds from favorite artists, which will show on their member's page, showing those artists latest blog entries.

Follow artists blogs.

ARTISTS - FREE- Account. Registration needed.

Has an slightly customizable artist page.

Has a blog.

Media player (audio and/or video), a store area.

Maybe other functions as things evolve.

Minimal customization possible at some point.

R E G I S T E R E D

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- MEMBERS : login/logout.
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Control panel -

Visually separated sections:

1- member's details and informations
=> selectable personal info to be made public/private will constitute profile
=> purchases history
=> display playlists

2- member's mailbox
=> shows latest communications /pm
=> shows online friends (?)
=> display favorite artists latest blog entries

3- member's contributions and interactions
=> blog entries from the member
=> WYSIWYG text editor, with publishing button
=> latest comments to be approved

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- ARTISTS : login/logout.
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Control panel -

Visually separated sections:

1- artist's details and informations
=> selectable personal info to be made public/private will constitute profile
=> purchases history
=> display playlists

2- artists's mailbox
=> shows latest communications /pm
=> shows online fans (?) / friends
=> display selected favorite artists latest blog entries

3- artists's contributions and interactions
=> blog entries from the artist
=> WYSIWYG text editor, with publishing button
=> latest comments to be approved
=> event calendar

4- artist's store
=> display sales - albums, songs, books, other
=> display amount due to the artist, minus commission
=> create album/upload music, upload books
=> mp3 samples automatically created (?) at 128kbps
=> mp3 - minimum resolution for sale 192kbps, maximum 320 kbps (may require upgrading account due to files weight - tbd)
=> upload, edit, delete images for visual art (image resizing for display - high res only for purchase)
=> upload book excerpts (PFD) (look at copyright waiver/disclaimer for sign-up registration)

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  • Aaron
    • CTO

    I would start with buddypress and Supporter. You will definately need some custom themes and plugins developed too.

    Merge the blog types plugin and default theme plugin to assign different themes for different types of people.

    I don't know of any audio player plugin that can do close to what you need. There may be a music store plugin for WP that you could hack.

  • styzer
    • WPMU DEV Initiate

    Hi Aaron,

    do you know of any WPMU for dummies forum/live chat? I find it hard to comprehend/visualize some of the solutions suggested. No offense to you guys at all, it's my own dysfunction and lack of knowledge that keeps me from properly translate many of the workout into practical steps.

    I've been working with WP for months, but still play it safe as I have my limitations in terms of understanding, focusing on the basics I need to know. So far, I've immersed myself in an ocean of knowledge through extensive searches, and thats' why I signed up here: I can't manage on my own.

    Being a newbie, there are certain things that need more explaining... :O)

    If I could find a live chat somewhere, I'd be very grateful, or step by step tutorials to implement the solutions.

    Thanks!

  • Aaron
    • CTO

    Buddypress can handle much of this, which is not built into WPMU:

    1- member's details and informations
    => selectable personal info to be made public/private will constitute profile

    2- member's mailbox
    => shows latest communications /pm
    => shows online friends (?)
    => display favorite artists latest blog entries

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