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This is BuddyPress, Install it maybe


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WordCamp Chicago 2012 Session
by: Lisa Sabin-Wilson

August 25, 2012

Published in: Technology, Business
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This is BuddyPress, Install it maybe

  1. 1. This isBuddyPress install it, maybe WordCamp Chicago 2012 @LisaSabinWilson 1
  2. 2. Lisa Sabin-WilsonI’ve been making a living with WordPress since 2004. I develop web sites with WordPress for clients. I write books about WordPress. I once wrote a book about BuddyPress. ...don’t buy it. it’s outdated. @LisaSabinWilson 2
  3. 3. BuddyPress Turn your WordPress site into a social community 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.Who/What? Features Installation Customize What Now? The plugin Components Simple made bp-default Resources easy 3
  4. 4. BuddypressYou’ve come a LONG way, baby! Then?? The first offical, stable release was in May 2008. Back then ... it required WordPress MU. Now?? It requires WordPress....and, of course, you. Want a laugh?? Check out my slides from my WordCamp NYC 2009 session: “Creating Community with BuddyPress” 4
  5. 5. BuddyPress The team that makes it happen John James Jacoby Boone Gorgesthese guys bring the BuddyPress goodness Paul Gibbs 5
  6. 6. BuddyPress It’s just such a damn good idea 1. BuddyPress adds a community Social 2. piece to your WordPress site. Layer Facebook without the It’s not really like Facebook at all, to but when explaining BuddyPress Flipflops people who don’tnearestwhat it is - - know All the content, updates, 5. Facebook is the example that everyone can relate, activity, shares - - all of it belongs to YOU on Your YOUR server - - it’s not kept in someone else’s ‘Books’ Content is YOURS 3. Community Allow your readers to get to know 4. Engagement one another an interact with each other. User Generated Content Encourage your readers to stop limited themselves to consuming your content - - invite them to BE your content. 6
  7. 7. BuddypressIsn’t your averageWordPress plugin 7
  8. 8. BuddyPress Check out all this STUFF! BuddyPress Multisite Member Blogging ProfilesForums Activity Streams Private Messages User Groups Friends 8
  9. 9. BuddyPress What is it good for? Education Internal Niche Products People talking University social network Unique interests Transparency? and sharingAn on-campus social network Use BuddyPress as an internal Create a social network As a business, invite your at a University for students communication tool in your around just ONE topic of customers to interact with you, and/or alumni. company or organization. interest and watch how that and with one another. This is not an original idea. network takes off into niche topics about your niche topic. (It’s better that putting all that DANGER - this could backfire stuff up on Facebook) on you, so be sure you have the time/resources to monitor/ maintain it! 9
  10. 10. BuddyPress pricing tables 1 2 3 0 $BuddyPress 0 $ WordPress 0 $ bbPress • Without charge• It’s free • No Shirt? • Freebie• It doesn’t cost a thing • No Shoes? • Does not take AmEx• Zero Pennies • No Problem! • No Purchase Necessary• No Dolla • Completely gratis • No Pesos Free Free Free 10
  11. 11. Did I mention that it’s free? In a world where commercial, paid-for plugins do all these glorious things.... BuddyPress is a feature rich plugin that costs you exactly NOTHING. Awesome, no? 11
  12. 12. Test drive BuddyPress Operated by BuddyPress Login and check out all the features Always updated with the latest version 12
  13. 13. BuddyPress Activity Stream What’s happening in your community right now?New Picture 13
  14. 14. BuddyPress Member Profiles Members have their own pages with profiles and avatars. 14
  15. 15. BuddyPress User Groups Users can create groups of interest. User groups have their own activity stream, members and forums. 15
  16. 16. BuddyPress Discussion Forums Forums are powered by the new bbPress plugin. John James Jacoby is largely responsible for the sweetness that is BuddyPress +bbPress let’s take a moment to tweet thank him: @JJJ 16
  17. 17. BuddyPress Discussion Forums WordPress sites with BuddyPress can host a site-wide forum & Individual User Group Forums. 17
  18. 18. BuddyPress Directories Members Directory helps members find other members. 18
  19. 19. BuddyPress Directories Groups Directory helps members find and join community groups 19
  20. 20. How about a quick demo?? If you thought installing WordPress was easy. It’s gotta be quick - I’ve only got 30 minutes! Don’t blink You might miss it!For those viewing these slides after the fact - this is where we go to my local installation for a live demo ... sorry you missed it! 20
  21. 21. BuddyPress Default Theme BuddyPress Default bp-default 21
  22. 22. BuddyPressDefault Theme Customization Want to customize? Use a child theme with the BuddyPress Default theme as the parent. This ensures full features and future- proofness 22
  23. 23. BuddyPressDefault Theme Customization By extending the Default theme you inherit all the goodies: AJAX, JS, CSS Preserve the core theme 23
  24. 24. BuddyPressChild theme basics Create your theme directory in /wp-content/themes Example: /wp-content/themes/mybp/ 24
  25. 25. BuddyPressChild theme basics Create a (blank) file called: style.css Place that file in your new child theme directory: /wp-content/themes/mybp/style.css 25
  26. 26. BuddyPressChild theme basics/*Theme Name: My BP Child ThemeTheme URI: http://mygreatdomain.comDescription: WP/BP Theme for My Great SiteVersion: 1.0Author: Lisa Sabin-WilsonAuthor URI: http://lisasabin-wilson.comTemplate: bp-defaultTags: buddypress*/ 26
  27. 27. BuddyPressChild theme basicsTemplate: bp-default – this tells WordPress that wewant to use the BuddyPress default theme (bp-default) as the parenttheme, and inherit all templates from it.Tags: buddypress – this tells BuddyPress that you areusing a BuddyPress-compatible theme so it won’t nag you in theadmin area. 27
  28. 28. BuddyPressChild theme basics I wasn’t kidding when I said “Basics” We’ve only touched on the very basics of customizing BuddyPress themes More info here: buddypress-child-theme/ 28
  29. 29. Some BuddyPress Sites buddypress 29
  30. 30. Questions ? Now is the time to open your mouth and ask. 30
  31. 31. Thanks for dropping by todayTwitter: @LisaSabinWilsonBlog: www.lisasabin-wilson.comThese slides are here: 31