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Is WPMU preferred over WP for BP?

  • Avatar of rickbradford
    rickbradford
    Member

    @rickbradford

    I know this is a noob question but is there any benefit to running BP on WPMU rather than WP apart from serving many blogs? If I’m understanding how WPMU works then I don’t believe I need it (I want all member blogs on a single site) but if there’s some great benefit to going that route I’d like to know that too.

    I guess I’m confused because I keep seeing references to WPMU and wanted some peace of mind before I go too far (I’ve already started setting up in WP 2.9.2).

    Thanks!

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  • Avatar of ads1018
    ads1018
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    @ads1018

    I’m wondering the same thing!

    Avatar of r-a-y
    r-a-y
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    @r-a-y

    If you don’t need user blogs, then don’t use WPMU.

    This question seems to have replaced our old most-often asked question which was, “where may I download the theme used on this site?” ;)

    Avatar of Andy Peatling
    Andy Peatling
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    @apeatling

    If you don’t understand why you would need WPMU then 95% of the time you don’t need it. The only difference is with WPMU you can allow users to create their own blog.

    Avatar of Hugo
    Hugo
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    @hnla

    Chaps I think the OP does actually make reference to understanding the essential difference between WP & WPMU

    The question asked is whether there is some OTHER reason one is better over another apart from multiple user blogs, and I believe the answer to this question is no! BP runs just as happily on standard WP as it does on WPMU with the only real difference being no user created blogs just Groups and group forums and the one master site blog?

    Andy is best placed to answer this though.

    Avatar of Andy Peatling
    Andy Peatling
    Keymaster

    @apeatling

    There is no difference other than user blogs.

    WP and WPMU is set to merge at the release of WP 3.0 so hopefully this question will no longer need to be asked.

    Avatar of Jeff Sayre
    Jeff Sayre
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    @jeffsayre

    @rickbradford

    …I want all member blogs on a single site…

    If you want to offer your members their own blog, then you will need to use WPMU. The fact that each of your members has their own blog does not mean they have their own site. All the blogs are located on and served from your site.

    If you only want to have one blog but offer a social networking layer on top of that using BuddyPress, then single-version (solo-blog) WordPress is all that you need. But, with both WPMU and WP, BuddyPress will allow you to create a social network. As Andy says, the only difference is whether you want to offer your members the option to create their own blogs on your site.

    Avatar of r-a-y
    r-a-y
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    @r-a-y

    Yes, Jeff explains things much clearly.

    You can use single WP and assign users a WP role of contributor or editor if you want users to post on the same blog.

    If you want what WordPress.com offers — single user blogs — then opt for WPMU.

    Avatar of rickbradford
    rickbradford
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    @rickbradford

    Thanks a lot, folks, I appreciate the feedback. Just to clarify:

    I do want users to be able to create blog posts that funnel into a master blog (community blog). Whether they have a place that is their own blogspace is irrelevant as long as they never leave the site. In other words, a social networking site where a community blog is one of the features.

    I think what I want is probably Community Blogs for BuddyPress (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/bp-community-blogs). The difference, then, would be this plugin means all posts go to a single blog and WPMU means all posts each have their own blog which are all served from within my site?

    I’ve looked at some BP sites that have a list of blogs such as this one: http://dangerous-minds.org/blogs/

    That’s WPMU, right?

    Also, glad to hear they’ll be rolled in together with 3.0!

    Avatar of rickbradford
    rickbradford
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    @rickbradford

    Ack, I just reread the last two posts and that makes it pretty clear. What a relief too!

    Thanks again!

    What if:

    I want to have separate but linked subjects? Do I really need multiple blogs or can subjects be separated efficiently using groups and maybe activity streams?

    I want more than one blog but I don’t want users to create their own blogs? Then do I need WPMU?

    When WP and WPMU merge, which will be the better platform to be on to adapt to the merge?

    Thanks,

    Ed

    This thread is going around in circles; I’m closing it. In a nutshell:

    If you want to offer your members their own blog, then you will need to use WPMU. The fact that each of your members has their own blog does not mean they have their own site. All the blogs are located on and served from your site.

    If you only want to have one blog but offer a social networking layer on top of that using BuddyPress, then single-version (solo-blog) WordPress is all that you need.

    You can use single WP and assign users a WP role of contributor or editor if you want users to post on the same blog.

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