Introduction To Buddypress: Social Networking With Wordpress

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Introduction To Buddypress: Social Networking With Wordpress

  1. 1. Introduction To Social Networking With Wordpress
  2. 2. What Is WordPress? <ul><li>Popular blog (and CMS) platform. </li></ul><ul><li>Built on PHP and MySQL and licensed under the GPL. </li></ul><ul><li>Thousands of plugins that expand it's features. </li></ul><ul><li>Thousands of themes. </li></ul>wordpress.org
  3. 3. What Is WordPress MU? <ul><li>Allows you to run multiple blogs on same domain. </li></ul><ul><li>Sub-domain setup (david.superjail.com) </li></ul><ul><li>Sub-directory setup (superjail.com/david) </li></ul><ul><li>Managed by one admin control panel. </li></ul><ul><li>Plugins available for WPMU. </li></ul>v
  4. 4. What Is BuddyPress? <ul><li>Set of plugins that adds social networking features to Wordpress MU. </li></ul><ul><li>Extends functionality of Wordpress (blogs, users) </li></ul><ul><li>Start a social network from scratch. </li></ul><ul><li>Add features to an existing blog network. </li></ul>
  5. 5. v <ul><li>Andy Peatling is a freelance web developer in Vancouver Canada. Chicspeak started the idea of Buddypress in beginning of 2007. Female college students to post journals online. Client requested social features, and afterwards Andy started to build these features as plugins you could drop in Wordpress MU. It was a side project, until Automatic employed Andy fulltime. </li></ul>
  6. 6. BuddyPress Components Version 1.0 RC-1: Extended Profiles Private Messaging Friends Groups The Wire Activity Streams Blogs
  7. 7. testbp.org
  8. 8. Extended Profiles
  9. 9. Private Messaging
  10. 10. Friends
  11. 11. Groups
  12. 12. The Wire
  13. 13. Activity Streams
  14. 14. Blogs
  15. 15. Examples of BuddyPress Sites testbp.org
  16. 16. wannanetwork.com
  17. 17. explorewithme.com
  18. 18. solopracticeuniversity.com
  19. 19. BuddyPress Themes <ul><li>“ Home” theme – most current themes can be adjusted </li></ul><ul><li>“ Profile” themes </li></ul>
  20. 20. BuddyPress Plugins <ul><li>Many Wordpress / WPMU plugins are easily adaptable. </li></ul><ul><li>If you can write plugins for Wordpress, you can learn to write them for BuddyPress. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Skeleton Component” available. </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook Connect, OpenID, Twitter, Friendfeed, video, events, wp-cache, privacy plugins developed and being developed. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Coming In 2009 <ul><li>Status updates (via twitter, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Photo Albums (photo galleries, tagging, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>New community developer network (launching soon) </li></ul>
  22. 22. New Community Developer Network
  23. 25. Why BuddyPress Could Be Big <ul><li>By the end of 2009, BuddyPress could do for social networks what Wordpress has done for blogs. </li></ul><ul><li>Cons: </li></ul><ul><li>WPMU is a pain in the butt to install (compared to WP) </li></ul><ul><li>Limited hosting options (no shared hosting) </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of themes/plugins. </li></ul><ul><li>Pros: </li></ul><ul><li>After installing WPMU, plugins are relatively easy to install/configure. </li></ul><ul><li>Themes/plugins increase in 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Strong development network. </li></ul>
  24. 26. BuddyPress Resources <ul><li>Urls: </li></ul><ul><li>buddypress.com/forums </li></ul><ul><li>codex.buddypress.org </li></ul><ul><li>buddypressdev.org </li></ul><ul><li>davidbisset.com </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: </li></ul><ul><li>@josswinn </li></ul><ul><li>@trentadams </li></ul><ul><li>@andrea_r </li></ul><ul><li>@dimensionmedia </li></ul><ul><li>@mikepratt </li></ul>
  25. 27. fin

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