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Seeking advice for in root or in sub-folder install

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    @bpuser44

    My first posts at BP, sorry if too long. Hello all! Thanks for this great software.

    Please help me with my beginner’s dilemma, where to install WP/BP. In root or in a subdirectory, a subfolder? Could you people please share your experiences? I wanna make this right with bp.

    Site I run is old(2002), avg. 5K visits per day, 10K+ visits/d easy when there is a TV program/news about stuff I do (as per my avatar it’s also bricks and mortar and the web is a huge expose.) I have a few thousands pages indexed on Google. Shared server hosting still ok although i did try dedicated once but yet it was pointless overkill. I have already one WP installed in sub-folder mydomain.com/articles/ and I have set up permalinks as /%post_id%/%postname% ( mydomain.com/articles/123/eg-hello-world-article )

    I am struggling with the basic thing :) What should I do, what are the pluses and minuses and consequences as for where is installed BuddyPress? I think I have a 3 options here:

    a new WP/BP in – mydomain.com/
    use the existing in – mydomain.com/articles/
    A new in – mydomain.com/community/

    * Also, I am not sure whether I have to set up the multisite in WP so BP potential can function the best?; maybe the standard WP(normal single site/blog) is all right as I want only one blog in which different authors are allowed to publish their articles. I’d like all the main BP features, forums, groups, the BP Media Album+, member profiles, and the one blog shared by all members. Am I right in here???

    Thank you for your conversation, hopefully it’ll start up :) and be a help to others too!

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    @bpuser44

    Can anyone share some insights on the subfolder installation pls? Any thoughts on that?!

    Basically some prons and cons of my second WP/BP install in a folder mysite.com/community/(new WP/BP here)

    Thank you ahead!!!!!

    Unless you want to run multiple sites (the correct terminology, not “blogs”), you don’t need to run multisite. Regular WordPress will be fine.

    There’s no technical difference as to how to structure your site. If you just want your site to look the same on the homepage, but for visitors to dive deeper before they get into “BuddyPress land”, then maybe sticking everything under what appears to be a directory would be best (take a look at the URL for this page, for example. We’re under /community but the main blog isn’t).

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    @bpuser44

    Thank you Paul.

    Yes regular WP is enough, not multisite (one basic blog only for members to post in articles).

    Now I see that “BuddyPress Land” on buddypress.org is run in /community/ folder. URL’s created by BP software shows all is in /community subdirectory. I don’t mind if people must dive deeper to get to BP land features, as long as they can register and login from all pages including “/”. I think there was a page here somewhere explaining how to do that, or I will need to have have it set up by someone.

    One thing crossed my mind, will I be able to put profiles in the root — example.org/username/ with the ‘define’ added into config file, if WP/BP are installed in /community/ sub folder? Most probably it would become example.org/community/username/
    define ( ‘BP_ENABLE_ROOT_PROFILES’, true );

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    I’m currently using WP multi site, but just have not enabled the blogs feature for users. So, it’s essentially a WP single user. The reason I enabled multi site is that I may want to use the blogs feature later, WP multisite has some extra options (like username validation), some plugins work with WPMU and not the other. Something to consider.

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    @bpuser44

    Thank you Techguy!

    I see your interesting point, using WP multisite with not blogs for users enabled in BP settings, it’s as WP standard single user. I didn’t know that multisite allows for many more options perhaps useful down the road. Can you run only one blog with BP on WP multisite? A main blog where all members would share the one blog for publishing their posts?

    I will be after all other BP community features it provides.

    I am gradually getting the picture. I am only considering before the install: in root or in subfolder install (to change my site’s original home page or having a new homepage for members), multisite or single WP. Because of these my mind is quite mixed up now days; if it was a new site I would decide on the spot. I just need to figure out these logistics and then I will be able to make it live basically right away.

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    @crashutah

    Yes, you can just do one blog even though you installed multi site. That’s what I do on http://www.givingsports.com (which I just launched).

    The choice of using the original homepage or not is harder. However, you can keep your original home page and still have all the BP features around it. That’s kind of what I did on the site I just linked. I have a unique home page and then the blog is at http://www.givingsports.com/blog even though it’s all installed in the root of the domain.

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    @bpuser44

    John,
    Thanks. I checked out your website, interesting concept for sports fundraising. Do you plan to target for members globally, schools, individuals? Incidentally our kid just started to do better in tennis :)

    Yes, I cannot decide how to restructure my website. To keep all old html pages as they are, a new home page with WP or home page created by BP. Or keep all as is and create a new directory. But I probably should think modern, and, WP and BP aren’t going to fade away. I need a new features for members so there’s only one right way it seems – to move all into one database.

    So your blog is a page saved as a page-template and set in WP for blog, and another page with a second page-template set for home page? That’s how you achieved it? Something like that was discussed in this forum somewhere. Your blog is not linked yet from your home page. I hope you will do well with this!

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    @bpuser44
    Glad you like my sports fundraising concept. Initially my focus is signing up sports organizations. In some cases that’s the school, other times it’s a non-profit organization and other times its the overriding association that might have a dozen or more teams. I’m basically trying to build a platform that will work for any organization that needs to raise money. In fact, I’m having some good success with cheerleading, swimming and dance teams right now too. It could certainly work for a tennis team too;-)

    I think it makes sense to move to an all BP site. You’re not going to lose any of the previous benefit since BP can be configured to have all the features of your previous HTML pages.

    To do what I described, you create a page and assign it a page-template (see WordPress for page template details). The page template can show pretty much anything you want. Then, create a second blank page with the title “Blog” (or whatever you want to call your blog pages). Then, go to Setting->Reading. Set the “Front Page” to the page you created with the page-template. Then, set the “Posts page” to the blank “Blog” page you created. That will make your home page the page template and give you a blog page. I actually do have my blog linked, but only at the bottom of the page: http://givingsports.com/blog/ Plus, I haven’t done many posts yet;-)

    There are a couple other ways to do your blog like this, but that was the easiest one I found and it worked well for me.

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