Conservative “unbreakable” use of buddypress
I just successfully installed BuddyPress, and I have the whole directory password protected. Members can create their own blogs, though I have not tried any extended features.
I would like to open up my install to my community, however, I want to be very conservative with my use of BuddyPress, because I don’t have the programming skills to support the technology. I’m thrilled I got it running, and I just want my community to be able to use it, I wish to learn how to make regular backups, and I don’t want my community to have functionality that can take the community down.
What can I “allow” my community to do?
It makes sense to me to give sub-blog owners a few templates, or just one. Really, I feel like too many templates will confuse the community, creating a lack of cohesiveness. Maybe I can have a few color schemes of the same template. Can my users upload templates? Should they be able to?
I would like all activity to be presented on the main blog page. Basically, if anyone creates a sub-blog post, I would like that to be presented on the main page. Is that what the “all activity” widget does?
I set things so that “blog owners” or “sub-blog owners” can’t install plugins, and I would like a nice, safe set of plugins and widgets that they can use without causing any damage. What about that WP plugin installer feature? Will someone gain access to it and break things?
Basically, can this forum give me advice as to a “safety-first” configuration of BuddyPress? One where all options given to users are really safe and won’t take the community down?
Also, I will do more reading about this, but an effective backup solution/testing environment creation would also be useful.
Best wishes, and thanks for putting together this incredible software!
Dainis W. Michel
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