Why using pages for BP sections is a bad idea
I’ve noticed in the new version of BuddyPress 1.3 that pages will be used to create the sections of the site such as Members, Activity etc. While this may seem super easy for a user to change the urls, it also breaks the rules of good web development. Pages in WordPress are supposed to be static content, they are not supposed to be used to fake sections just to get a pretty url. I much preferred the original and current method of having all the urls and sections built in the code behind as that’s exactly what they were. If anything, an additional settings page should been added to allow users to change the urls in the admin rather than resorting to using pages to deal with it. There was similar problems with custom post types in WP 3.0 whereby a user to create a fake page to show the posts which is now being fixed in the 3.1 release by having an inbuilt index page.
Think of it this way. Themes are essentially your website, and when a user switches a theme it should reflect as such, so if I switch themes or change plugins the pages I have should reflect, in other words the content shouldn’t be dependant on the theme or plugin. With the new method if a user ditched BP they would have a bunch of fake pages, as they have no content they were used solely to fake the whole url structure which is just bad design.
I really hope someone on the development team reads and takes notice of this post and that others get involved in this discussion because I think BuddyPress has just been ruined with this new approach, if the WP core team can see and fix the problem why has the BP team gone and made the same mistake they did?
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