Get your buddies together with BuddyPress and create your own social community
Got a cause, a hobby, or some other obsession you can't wait to share with a like-minded community? BuddyPress is the buddy you need to get that community started. Here's how to get BuddyPress up and running on your WordPress Web site and use its free tools and themes to host a social network devoted to your pet projects, right on your site.
Full court press -- start by obtaining a Web hosting provider and installing WordPress, then install and configure BuddyPress
It's your domain -- register your domain name and use FTP to transfer necessary files
Member options -- explore BuddyPress features for creating profiles, avatars, and community friendships
Growing with the group -- integrate members' blogs, set up member groups, and add discussion forums with BuddyPress
Custom Buddy -- expand BuddyPress themes, personalize them with CSS, and learn how to create your own
It's on the wire -- promote community interaction through wire postings for individuals or groups
Gather the gang -- integrate Twitter(r), Facebook(r), Flickr(r), YouTube(r), and other social media into your community
Go farther -- discover third-party plugins that add more options
Open the book and find:
Cool things you can do with a BuddyPress site
Requirements for a hosting environment
Where to find and download free themes
What you can do with widgets
Ways for members to create and manage their own forums
How member avatars are used
Tips on using member group features
Ten BuddyPress sites to check out
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February 01, 2010
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