Have WP.org site, want BP for community – now what?
Today I have a news-type website (http://www.techsentry.org) built on the standard WP.org setup. We have categories for different types of posts, pages, etc. We also have a WPMU install (http://blogs.techsentry.org) running separate from the main site, powering our user blogs.
After hearing about the additional community-building features of BuddyPress and how it allows members to engage in more interactions with one another, I would like to move to that platform. However, I am unsure of how I should proceed.
Here are the options I am considering:
- keep the WP blog, ditch current WPMU and set up new BP at http://my.techsentry.org
- migrate current WP blog and current WPMU blogs into a single new install of WPMU with BP
For #1, that still leaves me two separate installs, which will probably be a pain.
If I go with #2, running everything under a single WPMU install, can I still manage my main site content under the root directory? I realize I won’t be able to keep our user blogs under the blogs.techsentry.org subdomain, but I want the main site content permalinks to stay the same as they were originally.
Also, if I want my front end to look much like it does today, can I take advantage of the “community” page from BuddyPress by assigning it to a page under the root?
I appreciate anyone help/feedback you can give me. I am anxious to pull the trigger on this, but need these basic questions answered first.
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