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Creating sub social network / nings

  • Avatar of kylecasey
    kylecasey
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    @kylecasey

    Hello,

    I am new to WordPress and BuddyPress but I was wondering if it can support the following…

    We have a website in which users start their own social networks and only interact with users in their social network. It is very much like Ning. (ning.com)

    Is it possible to support sub-social networks in WP (and I think our developpers are using BuddyPress too) similar to Ning as just one installation? In other words, for each sub-social network we would have to create a new WordPress installation. Is there another/better way to do this?

    Thanks.

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  • Avatar of @modemlooper
    @modemlooper
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    @modemlooper

    If you use WPMU and let people create a blog you can let them activate BP on their created blog.

    Avatar of kylecasey
    kylecasey
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    @kylecasey

    Were not really a blogging website, it’s more for group communication.

    Would it be possible that each new private social network that comes to the website does the following:

    1. Registers which sets up a new group

    2. Creates a subdomain (1234.domain.com)

    3. Subdomain is pulled in is associated with it’s own database, 1234database

    Can then it be worked out so that when a user logs in, it will see what subdomain he/she is on, then uses the information from the database that is associated with that subdomain? This way each subdomain will be its own private social network but only one installation of WP is needed.

    Is this possible? I’ve never used WP before…

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    @avatarrocks

    @modemlooper….

    I was thinking along the same lines.

    do you know if this works, and if they get their own members

    or using the same database of members.

    I would like to experiment with this

    and figure out how to really make it work.

    If anyone has info or ideas please drop me a line.

    @kylecassey…

    you would just use the social features (the blog just comes with it) ; )

    WPmu is really just one install with multiple blogs

    but soon with WP 3.0 you’ll be able to do the same thing with one WordPress install.

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    Avatar of kylecasey
    kylecasey
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    @kylecasey

    @avatar

    so WP 3.0 will support what i am looking to do without needing to do the subdomains?

    Avatar of Boone Gorges
    Boone Gorges
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    @boonebgorges

    Unfortunately, what you’re looking for isn’t really possible at the moment. The idea (of has been called “BuddyPress MU”) has been thrown around in these forums in the past, but to the best of my knowledge it hasn’t been put on a roadmap.

    You could probably achieve most of the same result by using groups, and thinking of each group as its own “network” or “ning”. In a way, this is preferable to having multiple separated networks, as it allows users to have activity from all of their networks/groups in a single place. The only real downside to this is that you can’t offer the kind of theme customization for individual groups as would be possible if the networks were separate.

    Avatar of kylecasey
    kylecasey
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    @kylecasey

    @Boone,

    What isn’t possible?

    The subdomain method WP 3.0 supporting ning like groups?

    If I take your suggestion, and use groups as their own network/ning, is it possible to make it so that each group will only be able interact within the group and cannot view any other uses not in their groups?

    Avatar of Boone Gorges
    Boone Gorges
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    @boonebgorges

    I mean it’s not possible to have totally separate BP networks running on separate subdomains but using the same installation of BuddyPress.

    If you take my suggestion, you can make groups either Private or Hidden. If a group is private, the only people who are able to read or contribute to the group are those who have either had a membership request accepted, or those who have been invited. Hidden groups are the same, but they don’t show up in group directories, and thus it’s impossible to request membership to them – you can only join by being invited.

    In this way, the activity that happens in a hidden group is only viewable by members of that group. Users of the site, however, could be members of multiple groups, and could interact with each other outside of those groups, through the profile pages and private messaging (assuming that you enable these features). From my point of view, this is the best of both worlds.

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    @avatarrocks

    @kylecasey Boone’s idea is the best way I can see so far.

    As far as I can see, the idea mentioned earlier would require different blogs on sub domains

    with different installs of BP. But it would require more testing.

    I’ve been getting requests for custom networks since last fall

    so I may have to get into that testing soon.

    If anyone has tried the multiple BPs,

    please let us know your take.

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    I don’t think you can do that without significant core hacking. I recall seeing someone investigating this months ago but I’m not sure if it was on the forums or on a ticket on http://trac.buddypress.org/

    Have a read through this thread, as it’s got lots of discussion about this http://buddypress.org/forums/topic/can-you-multi-site-buddypress

    Avatar of Boone Gorges
    Boone Gorges
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    @boonebgorges

    It really depends what you mean by “customization”. If you mean that each group should be able to load its own background/header/color scheme, then it’s definitely possible. I don’t know of a plugin that does it, but it wouldn’t be all that hard to write something that allowed group admins to switch between a number of admin-selected color schemes, or to upload images in addition to the avatar.

    Is there some other meaning of “custom network” that I’m missing out on here? Something that “private/hidden” doesn’t already cover?

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