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The Do's and Dont's of Creating a Niche Social Network: Multisite and BuddyPress

The Do's and Dont's of Creating a Niche Social Network: Multisite and BuddyPress

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Creating a Niche Social Network using WordPress and BuddyPress Creating a Niche Social Network using WordPress and BuddyPress Presentation Transcript

  • MULTISITE AND BUDDYPRESSThe Do’s and Don’ts of Creating a Niche Social NetworkBy Mason James
  • NICHE SOCIAL NETWORKSFacebook showed us howsuccessful an online socialnetwork could really be.As a natural response tothat we’re seeing nichesocial networks arise.“Birds of a feather flocktogether”
  • What is a Niche Social Network?“ A niche social network is an online community that caters to specific and unique topics of interest.Examples:Pioneer Woman: http://thepioneerwoman.com/Rockhaq: http://rockhaq.com/
  • Do : Start Now @jjj “2012 - Year of the niche net work. BuddyPress.org has you covered.” (Jan 18) Open the net work for signups (beta) Use pressure to your advantage
  • Don’t : Be Casual • Make sure you are passionate about your niche • Money can’t be the primary goal • Community-building takes a massive amount of work. You must continually engage members.
  • Do : Have a Plan• Set goals for yourself and for your site.• Plan your work. Then work your plan.• Use phases for features and enhancements.
  • Don’t :Be Facebook We already have it. Be unique.
  • Don’t : Be a Jerk Attitude Forum etiquette Expectations
  • Do : Marketing Doesn’t matter how good it is if nobody sees it Use e-newsletters, promotions, twitter, facebook Find where your target audience is and meet them there
  • NutsandBolts
  • MULTISITE?• Allows your members to have their own blog/site• Easily manage plugins themes and provide an exact UX/UI for your members
  • BUDDYPRESS?• Social networking, in a box.• Social Networking “layer” for WordPress• Member Profiles, Activity Streams, Groups
  • Must-have BuddyPress PluginsBuddyPress Toolbar: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress-toolbar/Achievements: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/achievements/Welcome Pack: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/welcome-pack/
  • Must-have Multisite PluginsAdmin Menu Editor: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/admin-menu-editor/Role Management: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/members/Plugin Manager: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/multisite-plugin-manager/
  • Thank you for listeningWeb: http://masonjames.comWPMU DEV: http://premium.wpmudev.org/contact/Twitter : @masonjames