BuddyPress For Dummies
BuddyPress is free, open-source software that you can download, install, and use to build your own social community on your WordPress-powered Web site. To do this, you need a basic understanding of BuddyPress’s features and terminology. Creating your own social community is easy to do with BuddyPress, but if you need help, you can ask questions at Internet forums or outsource the design of your site to a consultant.
Sometimes, the simple terminology used to describe different features can be confusing. Here is a quick look at the terms involved with the key BuddyPress components, along with a description.
|Activity Streams||A listing of cumulative activity for each community user. Each time a user does something, such as post a new comment or status update, it shows up in their Activity Stream.|
|bbPress Forums||Gives community groups the ability to create and manage a discussion forum for their group.|
|Blog Tracking||An aggregation of a user’s blog activity, including new blog creation, recent blog posts, and comments.|
|Extended Profiles||Allows site owners to create custom profile fields for their users to fill in with information that will display on their profile page.|
|Friends||Allows community members to connect with one another through the ability to “friend” other members; each member subsequently has a listing of friends within the community.|
|Groups||Gives community users the ability to create groups, which are a gathering of community members with similar interests, and gives them a place within the community to interact, discuss, and share information.|
|Private Messaging||Allows community members to send private messages to their friends. Think of this as an internal e-mail program where users can send and reply to messages from one another, and the messages are kept private between the senders and recipients.|
BuddyPress and WordPress MU Support Forums
You must run WordPress MU before you can use BuddyPress. Here is where you can find communities of WordPress and BuddyPress users helping one another with troubleshooting, tips, and advice:
|If you are . . .||The right forum for you is. . .|
|New to WordPress MU and need some tips and tricks on getting up and running on the platform||http://mu.wordpress.org/forums|
|New to BuddyPress and want to read through advice and knowledge from other users||http://buddypress.org/forums|
|Experienced with WordPress MU and BuddyPress and want to interact with other developers||http://buddypress.org/developers|
|Looking for technical guidance on the use of BuddyPress||http://codex.buddypress.org|
|Looking for BuddyPress themes||http://buddypress.org/extend/themes|
|Looking for BuddyPress plugins||http://buddypress.org/extend/plugins|
|Looking for real world examples of BuddyPress in use||http://wordpress.org/showcase/flavor/buddypress|
Outsourcing BuddyPress Programming and Design
Several talented consultants can help you get your WordPress MU and BuddyPress community up and running with some custom programming and design work. The following table lists these consultants and provides a handy URL to contact them.
|Consultant Name||Web Address (URL)|
|Ron and Andrea||http://ronandandrea.com|