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What exactly happens when BuddyPress is enabled on a WordPress Network enabled site?

  • Lately I have been running some local (WAMP) tests to learn more about WordPress Network and BuddyPress. For instance how to install BuddyPress on a secondary blog, which worked out swimmingly, so thanks for that!

    One thing still mystifies me about BuddyPress on a Network: Upon network activation (I don’t see any other way, so I assume this is how I’m supposed to do it) there’s suddenly a top-level black menu added to every site across my network. Magic! I don’t mind it at all, it’s just rather mystifying is all.

    I would like to kindly request either an addition to “before installing“, or a new page all together, like “installing BuddyPress on WordPress Network”, that explains the how-to’s and mind-you’s of the process. I didn’t mind seeing the BP menu pop up everywhere, but some questions came to mind:
    – Where is the code? Is it replicated, or pulled from a single location?
    – Should I be worried about the load?
    – Can I keep it from loading on select sites?
    – Can my messing about with BuddyPress somehow affect my other sites?
    I think these type of questions ought to be answered in an official doc somewhere.

    It also took me a while to realize how exactly user registrations on a WordPress Network work (ugh), especially in accord with BuddyPress, but that might be more of a WPN-specific topic.

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  • Avatar of Andrea Rennick
    Andrea Rennick
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    @andrea_r

    Those are general multisite questions. ;)

    “- Where is the code? Is it replicated, or pulled from a single location?”

    One codebase. pulled from one spot.

    “- Should I be worried about the load?”

    by just turning on multisite? no.

    “Can I keep it from loading on select sites?”
    that admin bar? yes.

    “- Can my messing about with BuddyPress somehow affect my other sites?”

    depends. edit the files directly and whitescreen something and maybe it will show up everywhere. ;) generally, no.

    you read my blog now, right? :D http://wpmututorials.com

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