Software suggestions please..

I'm new to WPMUDev and WPMU software in general and, given the vast selection of software offered here, I'd like to solicit suggested software configurations for the following.

I'm in the process of setting up three niche sites within my own WPMU network. Each will have a unique look and feel but they may share content, engage in cross-promotions, etc.

The plan is for each to offer a mix of public and subscription content and each will have a forum, perhaps with free and paid forum areas if practical.

So my question is, given the vast array of WPMUdev options, what would you suggest in the way of themes, forums, plugins, etc. that I can start with as my base configuration?

Thanks!

  • Timothy Bowers
    • Chief Pigeon

    Hey there.

    First of all, themes... This is a very personal choice, you mentioned a niché but I'm not sure what niché. Because it's down to taste it's hard for me to advise something certain for you.

    What I'd say is take a look at our theme:

    https://premium.wpmudev.org/projects/category/themes/

    I also love ElegantThemes:

    http://www.elegantthemes.com

    And they are really cheap.

    For Membership, then our plugin here:

    https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/membership/

    Membership can protect any URLs through the Group URL feature.

    http://bbpress.org

    bbPress is also included within BuddyPress, this is a social networking type plugin:

    http://buddypress.org/

    And there is also SimplePress, I'm not as keen on this personally but plenty of people love it:

    http://simple-press.com/

    Don't go installing everything at once though, do just one at a time and take your time to get familiar with each plugin/theme. If you throw a load of things into the mix then it will be harder to learn, if somethings go wrong it would be harder to identify. Just like anything in life really :slight_smile:

    Hope all this helps.

    Take care.

  • Temporal Sales
    • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    you mentioned a niché but I'm not sure what niché.

    My three niches to start is (1) applied market trends, (2) airline community, and (3) frugal living. After that, an online craft store with a blog & forum as well.

    It was my plan to stick with the WPMUdev products for compatibility reasons unless there was something I really needed but couldn't do with the Dev choices. But as it appears, I think I can get the job done well with the Dev products.

    Buddy Press v. bbPress v. Simple-Press

    I'm still learning the differences between BP and bbPress. I take it however, BP is the choice among the Dev community. I did like what I saw on the Simple-Press site, but again I'm trying to avoid buying more products when the Dev community offers such a rich selection.

    Membership

    That's high on my list. My previous membership vendor were good folks, but its inability to protect more than one blog at a time, or sharing info among related blogs was a major limitation.

    Don't go installing everything at once though...

    Good advice.

    Thanks again!

  • Timothy Bowers
    • Chief Pigeon

    Hey again.

    Well providing a theme follows WordPress standards you should be fine, we test our plugins to work with Twenty Eleven and Twenty Twelve. Sometimes themes do something a little custom and that can cause issues.

    It's not always the theme though, but we can normally help with debugging.

    If you do go for other themes then just take a quick read through the following article:

    https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/why-you-should-never-search-for-free-wordpress-themes-in-google-or-anywhere-else/

    bbPress - This is just a forum plugin, threads, posts and all.

    BuddyPress - This is a social networking plugin where you have profiles, users have their own wall, you can create custom profile fields, members can create their own groups with a forum (bbPress).

    Hope that explains them. :slight_smile:

    If you have any specific questions then please let me know.

    Take care.

  • Temporal Sales
    • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    Timothy,

    If you do go for other themes then just take a quick read through the following article:

    I read that just before joining WPMU Dev. That's indeed scary. As I said before, I'm content to stick with the WPMUDev products unless there's a very special need.

    BuddyPress - This is a social networking plugin

    My primary interest was just the forum features and how such could be used throughout my site, but with everything going "social" these days, my guess is I should go "social" too.

    Thanks!

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