Minimal, less "social" BuddyPress?
I need to build a site which features user-maintainable profiles for a professional network. A bit of research on my users suggests that they are turned off by “social networking” features – friends, status updates, etc. It is also not clear at this time that they need blogs, forums or groups.
Fortunately, BuddyPress will let me disable all the components except “Extended Profiles.” Has anyone else done this? Is BuddyPress a usable system with most of its features turned off? Any gotchas?
I’ve done a simple test that looks pretty good except that the “BuddyPress Default Home Theme” displays odd gaps when the only visible features are user profiles and the user directory. Any thoughts on another theme that would be more usable with a minimal feature set, or what I’d want to hack in the default theme?
(P.S. As an alternative to BuddyPress my other thought had been to simply use a plugin that extends user profiles in conventional WordPress. Oddly enough I haven’t found a single one that’s current.)
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