Set up your own Social Network with WordPress/Buddypress

The BuddyPress plugin has been referred to as “social networking in a box” and that’s an apt description. There are a host of core features that you can build into your WordPress social networking website. Each of these can be turned on or off whenever you like, giving you full control over your site. Take a look:

  • Users can create their own profiles
  • Users can then start making friendships with other users and form specific groups
  • Groups can see their own activity streams
  • Users can private message each other
  • It’s easy to set what notifications and email settings you receive
  • BuddyPress

BuddyPress Can Do A Lot…

With the BuddyPress plugin, you can build just about any kind of social network that you dream of. For instance, you might want to build one for football fans, cricket lovers, bird watchers, or church members.

Your members will be able to contact each other and network, plus they will get the latest updates of all that is happening in the community you’ve built.

You can create user profiles, create groups, and create a system for private messages. There’s so much more potential too as BuddyPress works with other WordPress plugins, such as site tracking and allowing attachments.

And It’s Free

Yes BuddyPress, which does superb things and supplies a total social networking package, is absolutely free.

On top of this, there’s a large community of BuddyPress users. This means that if you have any doubts or questions, just post it in the (free) BuddyPress community and you will get an answer quickly. Plus, members of the BuddyPress community contribute new open source plugins to extend the BuddyPress platform and make it even better.

So by using the BuddyPress plugin, you’ll be a part of an active community that grows rapidly, as well as add some really awesome features to your social network site. And to think that you can do all of this just by adding one simple plugin. Pretty cool, if you ask me.


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