Win Friends & Influence People with BuddyPress<br />or BuddyPress 101<br />Shelley Keith @sk140<br />
Me<br />Sysadmin/web dork since 199something<br />In higher ed since 2004<br />WordPress as university CMS since 2009<br /...
BuddyPress<br /><ul><li>Social network layer
Core Features
Profile
“Wall”/Activity Streams
Friends
Groups
Blogs
Forums</li></li></ul><li>Wha…? Why?<br /><ul><li>Good Uses:
Campus wide social network
Company-wide internal communication tool
Niche social network for interest topic
Benefits
Own the content
Long-term relationship maintenance
Timely integration and removal of popular third-party social networks
Absolute style control</li></li></ul><li>Install & Setup<br />Plugins > Add New > Search “BuddyPress” > Install<br />Choos...
Component setup<br />
Profile fields<br />
Profiles<br />
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  • Just add people and a purpose and constant up-to-date content and new features and plenty of publicity and constant attention…stir infinitely.
  • What is it? Why would I use it?Profile: Fully editable profile fields allow you to define the fields users can fill in to describe themselves. Tailor profile fields to suit your audience.Wall/Activity Streams: Global, personal and group activity streams with threaded commenting, direct posting, favoriting and @mentions. All with full RSS feed and email notification support.Friends: Let your users make connections so they can track the activity of others, or filter on only those users they care about the most.Groups: Powerful public, private or hidden groups allow your users to break the discussion down into specific topics. Extend groups with your own custom features using the group extension API.Blogs: Start a blog built on the best blogging software in the world. Even allow each of your users to start their own full powered WordPress blog. Track new posts and comments across your site.Forums: Full powered discussion forums built directly into groups allow for more conventional in-depth conversations.Plugin that adds a social network layer over WordPress.GroupsPublicPrivateBlogsGroupIndividualForumsProfilesFriendsStatus updatesActivity streamsPrivate messagingBuddyPress specific pluginsWordPress = Tony StarkCoolSmartCan do almost anythingBuddyPress is like the suit, it makes WordPress infinitely more functional, adds features.BuddyPress bolts on to WordPress and makes it more powerful.
  • Highly customizable.
  • Not all themes are BP compatible. GenesisBuddy makes any Genesis framework theme BP compatible.Components can be activated individually, so you can have groups but no forums (for example).
  • BuddyPress is a pick-and-choose solution. Each component can be activated separately.
  • Setup your profile fields. This is almost entirely customizable. The only requirements are first &amp; last name.Choose type of field, field name, and if it’s required or not. You even get to chunk your fields into groups such as “Education” and “About Me”.
  • A view of the “base” and some custom profile fields.
  • A mature user profile with @mentions activity stream.
  • Groups are much like fb groups. They can also have forums.
  • The “forums” with a view of how each group forum ties into the main forum system.
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  • Win friends and influence people with BuddyPress

    1. 1. Win Friends & Influence People with BuddyPress<br />or BuddyPress 101<br />Shelley Keith @sk140<br />
    2. 2. Me<br />Sysadmin/web dork since 199something<br />In higher ed since 2004<br />WordPress as university CMS since 2009<br />Technical reviewer – Beginning WordPress 3.0 by Stephanie Leary<br />HigherEdExperts presenter – OpenSource CMS Fair: WordPressMU, April 2010<br />
    3. 3. BuddyPress<br /><ul><li>Social network layer
    4. 4. Core Features
    5. 5. Profile
    6. 6. “Wall”/Activity Streams
    7. 7. Friends
    8. 8. Groups
    9. 9. Blogs
    10. 10. Forums</li></li></ul><li>Wha…? Why?<br /><ul><li>Good Uses:
    11. 11. Campus wide social network
    12. 12. Company-wide internal communication tool
    13. 13. Niche social network for interest topic
    14. 14. Benefits
    15. 15. Own the content
    16. 16. Long-term relationship maintenance
    17. 17. Timely integration and removal of popular third-party social networks
    18. 18. Absolute style control</li></li></ul><li>Install & Setup<br />Plugins > Add New > Search “BuddyPress” > Install<br />Choose theme<br />Activate components<br />Establish profile fields<br />
    19. 19. Component setup<br />
    20. 20. Profile fields<br />
    21. 21. Profiles<br />
    22. 22. Activity Streams<br />
    23. 23. Groups<br />
    24. 24. Group Activity<br />
    25. 25. Auto Join Group<br />
    26. 26. Group Management<br />
    27. 27. Forums<br />
    28. 28. Some BP Sites<br />
    29. 29. Handy BuddyPressPlugins<br />Welcome Pack<br />Achievements<br />BuddyPress Share It<br />Group Suggest Widget<br />Simple Google Map Plugin<br />
    30. 30. Security<br /><ul><li>Built in
    31. 31. User sign-up rules/roles
    32. 32. Auto-generate passwords
    33. 33. Plugins
    34. 34. Secure WordPress
    35. 35. WP Security Scan
    36. 36. WordPress Exploit Scanner</li></li></ul><li>Reference<br /><ul><li>BuddyPress.org
    37. 37. BP-Tricks.com
    38. 38. WPMU.org*
    39. 39. BPinspire.com
    40. 40. WPBeginner.com</li></li></ul><li>m/ Awesome Resources<br />Sites & Books<br />The WordPress Bible<br />Beginning WP 3.0<br />WPMUDev.org<br />BuddyPress For Dummies<br />MUSupport.net<br />WordPress on LinkedIn<br />People on Twitter<br />@andrea_r<br />@wpmuguru<br />@sleary<br />@jimgroom<br />@donncha<br />@lisasabinwilson<br />@ohz<br />@yoast<br />
    41. 41. Roadmap<br /><ul><li>Privacy controls
    42. 42. Content Flagging
    43. 43. Message file attachments
    44. 44. Global content tagging</li></li></ul><li>Contact Me<br /><ul><li>Shelley Keith
    45. 45. @sk140
    46. 46. smkeith@gmail.com
    47. 47. about.me/shelleykeith</li>
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