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.
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 & 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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