Introduction to Buddypress
BuddyPress is a set of WordPress MU specific plugins, each plugin adding a distinct new feature. BuddyPress contains all the features you’d expect from WordPress but aims to let members socially interact.
The idea of BuddyPress is to take a standard installation of WordPress MU and turn it into something that represents more of a community building tool, or social network.
BuddyPress is essentially a set of WordPress MU specific plugins. Each plugin adds a distinct feature to BuddyPress and only handles functionality for that specific component (for example, private messaging). BuddyPress also has a core plugin that all other plugins require; it contains shared functions and performs the basic modifications to the WordPress MU interface.
When using the default theme, BuddyPress will move the main focus of WordPress MU away from blogs, and onto the actual member profile. However, members can still blog and use all the blogging features they would normally expect from WordPress. When someone uses BuddyPress, they will be going there to build or enhance their profile first, and write something on their blog second. The blog is turned into another component of BuddyPress. It should be noted that removing the blog as the main focus is all done in the theme files. Other themes could keep the blog as the focus and still make full use of other components.
A BuddyPress installation will consist of a main community home page, which could either be an actual blog, or a syndication of all the activity of the community members.
The standard features of BuddyPress are:
- Extended Profiles
- Personal Blog
- Private Messaging
- The Wire
- Status Updates