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The *Press Solution Growing user communities and interaction WordCamp Toronto 2009 By: Terry Smith
Me, Myself and I <ul><li>Terry Smith </li></ul><ul><li>Programmer for b5media </li></ul><ul><li>Wordpress experience </li>...
The Problem <ul><li>Lack of user to user interaction </li></ul><ul><li>User persistence and “home” </li></ul>Before After
The Solution <ul><li>Forums – Encourage user to user interactions and discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Social Network – Creat...
Software Stack <ul><li>Wordpress MU – Run multiple blogs on the same install </li></ul><ul><li>buddyPress – Social network...
Advantages <ul><li>Encourage other interactions (not just poster to users) </li></ul><ul><li>Create a niche </li></ul><ul>...
Disadvantages <ul><li>Pre-1.0 software changes rapidly </li></ul><ul><li>Communities aren’t as active </li></ul><ul><li>No...
Easy Part <ul><li>Installation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wordpress MU (http://mu.wordpress.org) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>bu...
<ul><li>“ Real”, full integration , three steps: </li></ul>Hard Part
BuddyPress <ul><li>Replaces author pages </li></ul><ul><li>Replaces forum profiles </li></ul><ul><li>Theme is hard (comple...
bbPress <ul><li>Install in a sub-directory </li></ul><ul><li>Only serves one domain (Channels coming!) </li></ul><ul><li>“...
Wordpress <ul><li>Link author pages to BuddyPress </li></ul><ul><li>Link commenters to their profiles too </li></ul><ul><l...
Other Resources <ul><li>Software forums (bbPress and BuddyPress) </li></ul><ul><li>Wordpress and BuddyPress Codex </li></u...
Help is coming <ul><li>Plug-in sets </li></ul><ul><li>Tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>Documented walk-through </li></ul>
Thanks <ul><li>Andy Peatling </li></ul><ul><li>Sam Bauers </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone at b5media </li></ul>
Fin Questions welcome
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  1. 1. The *Press Solution Growing user communities and interaction WordCamp Toronto 2009 By: Terry Smith
  2. 2. Me, Myself and I <ul><li>Terry Smith </li></ul><ul><li>Programmer for b5media </li></ul><ul><li>Wordpress experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Same code base, helped a lot </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. The Problem <ul><li>Lack of user to user interaction </li></ul><ul><li>User persistence and “home” </li></ul>Before After
  4. 4. The Solution <ul><li>Forums – Encourage user to user interactions and discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Social Network – Create a home for them on your site </li></ul>
  5. 5. Software Stack <ul><li>Wordpress MU – Run multiple blogs on the same install </li></ul><ul><li>buddyPress – Social networking features </li></ul><ul><li>bbPress - Forums </li></ul>
  6. 6. Advantages <ul><li>Encourage other interactions (not just poster to users) </li></ul><ul><li>Create a niche </li></ul><ul><li>Increase time on site and activity </li></ul><ul><li>Increase page views </li></ul>
  7. 7. Disadvantages <ul><li>Pre-1.0 software changes rapidly </li></ul><ul><li>Communities aren’t as active </li></ul><ul><li>Not extremely well documented (ala Wordpress) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Easy Part <ul><li>Installation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wordpress MU (http://mu.wordpress.org) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>buddyPress (social) (http://buddypress.org) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>bbPress (forums) (http://bbpress.org) </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>“ Real”, full integration , three steps: </li></ul>Hard Part
  10. 10. BuddyPress <ul><li>Replaces author pages </li></ul><ul><li>Replaces forum profiles </li></ul><ul><li>Theme is hard (completely localized) </li></ul>
  11. 11. bbPress <ul><li>Install in a sub-directory </li></ul><ul><li>Only serves one domain (Channels coming!) </li></ul><ul><li>“ BuddyBar” tough to bring over </li></ul><ul><li>Theme isn’t too difficult </li></ul><ul><li>Hint: Bring Wordpress into the loop </li></ul>
  12. 12. Wordpress <ul><li>Link author pages to BuddyPress </li></ul><ul><li>Link commenters to their profiles too </li></ul><ul><li>Promote friendships </li></ul>
  13. 13. Other Resources <ul><li>Software forums (bbPress and BuddyPress) </li></ul><ul><li>Wordpress and BuddyPress Codex </li></ul><ul><li>http://bavatuesdays.com/integrating-wpmu-buddypress-and-bbpress/ </li></ul><ul><li>Crazies like me! </li></ul>
  14. 14. Help is coming <ul><li>Plug-in sets </li></ul><ul><li>Tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>Documented walk-through </li></ul>
  15. 15. Thanks <ul><li>Andy Peatling </li></ul><ul><li>Sam Bauers </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone at b5media </li></ul>
  16. 16. Fin Questions welcome
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