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with my default bp installs just about everything IS public.. it’s actually not easy to make the bp pages like activity and groups and such private.
I think most of those things are fine to be public – and people can choose to make groups members only, logged in only, or public viewable.. default is all public I think..
Most profile fields the user can choose similar privacy settings for certain fields if you allow..
Sometimes I make a group non-pulbic viewable as super admin..
I also choose a lot of things to be blocked by the robot search engine spiders – as there is no need for them to go pulling 100 pages of activity feed and such – so even though most of my BP site is publicly viewable, only about half of it is (supposed to be) crawled by the big engines – most follow the robots.txt directive – but not all..
@januzi_pl – how many members are there?
Are there strong anti-spam / anti-bot sign up measures in place? not a captcha – something like “good question” or other answer correct question to get through kind of thing.
using wp spmshield or some kind of akismet type thing?
I don’t have the kind of graph you show there – but I can say I saw a HUGE difference.. back in the day we had tons of bots signing up for new accounts, sending pms to other users, and all kinds of activity that was not obvious on the front end to the average visitor or site admin.. only after a few complaints and some digging did I realize that 90% of server resources were being sucked away by bot registrations / spammers, and bots that were crawling for the various “search engines” – once you get a hold on those things, then it’s good to know how many users you have and if they are active all day and night or just certain times of the day and such..
@tergra – I am a novice at this stuff – so others may have better suggestions and certainly abilities – however what I would do to get to your goal kind of..
make the interests “groups” – these can be easily made as selectable during signup.. and default settings can auto-send them a message when something new is posted to a group..
if you REALLY need the info to be blog posts.. hmm.. post a link to the blog post in the corresponding group?
haven’t really tried this kind of setup – but I THINK it would work for what you are describing.. or similar anyhow..
@leo1951 – if you switch to default 2015 theme – does the same issue occur?
are you sure the emails are not being sent? OR.. could it be that when bp is running, the emails that are sent are “blockholed” by the liked of geemail and aol mail services?
similar situation for me – then I registered an account using my own non-filtered catch all email going to my domain name – and it came right through.. so the issue was really related to getting through the gates of the big providers – not an issue with bp sending them exactly.
there was a plugin a while back.. hmm. maybe its par tof core now.. is you go to users -> sub menu manage signups – do you have such a menu on yours or is this plugin created?
try resending and checking your junk fail folders – and then check your server for error logs and bounces perhaps.
“t new users subscribers of the root site by default?” – I did have this setup for a while, I am leaning towards this being a plugin and setting within that.. but it may have just been a setting. There is a “join my multisite” plugin that I am using on that site – they two may be connected, or not.. it’s been a while. Memory foggy at the moment.
” join a subsite within a click” – like.. you mean.. multi-site has multiple “blogs aka sites” – without buddypress… and so you want to have the option for them to join in other blogs aka sites as authors / contributors?
This kind of thing above I was able to make happen with bp network activated and then a plugin called..”Join My Multisite” – I think…
Or… you mean to have multiple and separate buddypress systems.. like a bp for soccer players and a different bp for sewing clubs, and different one for music labels.. each with their own groups, their own activity walls – own sets of ‘friends’ within.. and separate from the main?
pretty sure the codex mentions a couple of plugins for that and says if you want that kind of complex thing be ready to pay for help from a specialist, of which there are few, and not much general support or knowledge…
not sure what you mean exactly.. wish they never changed the name of “blogs” to “sites” –
@mr3k – I assume “their shortcode for activity” this has to do with the paid version of said theme.. and if you are trying to get something to work with a paid theme, then you are likely not going to get any help in the bp forums from what I have seen over the years.
I wish you luck. Modding the activity stream in bp is such a pain point.
@rickaltman – I think buddypress can do most of what you describe here right out of the box. I would search for forum threads and maybe plugins to have your members auto join a group –
this would give you something like “your site dot com / groups / mainGroupName / members
for this kind of list – although it would be a list rather than grid system – you may find another way to do it, but it’s probably gonna take some hacking-up things to get the grid layout if you really want that – I’d try to find something less robust – like maybe just the wpmudev membership2 plugin in the wp repo – and hackup a page to list authors with a wp theme or something…
bp can do a profile pic.. but it needs plugins to really “upload photos” – and that’s a can of worms in which some is over-baked, some under baked, and future possibilities are endless.. some built in bp hooks have been made a while back but.. well not sure what meant exactly by “upload photos” –
its going to be much easier to get community support for regular wordpress themes and such.. buddypress is probably a lot more power than your use case is gonna need.. and with that is gonna be spam issues – virtually no support for customizing anything.. even if you knew php really well, you’d have learn wordpress well, and then try to digest all the BP docs and sort through tracs.. gits.. and other random stuff on the web that is not well documented, no well supported, and leaves you wondering if it’s secure… and the chances of all the various hackedup things working well together is blah… and future updates – hahaha.. who knows that is going to happen.
In your situation I’d say it wouldn’t hurt to play around with BP – as it’s free.. but if it doesn’t do what you want out of the box.. then I would delete it all – and try a basic wordpress with members plugin.. maybe even just a ‘multi-author blog” – you’ll get less spam, and much less work.
Others may think / feel differently about all this, my experience comes from my issues – your mileage may vary..
something like the https://buddydev.com/plugins/bp-private-message-rate-limiter/ may be helpful if you really want to stop 99.9% of it.. that one is premium / costs $19.. but it’s more of a hindrance to the spammers than just the spamshield.. which I use and think it stops 90% of them.. so is the other 9.9% worth the premium.. situations vary..
@johanna75 – looks like an interesting plugin – not sure if it’s a free plugin with paid extensions, or a premium plugin altogether – or how it works- you are best off asking those plugin makers more than likely. I see they have 2 premium add on extensions that seem to fit in with what you are asking about though: the geo members directory and the xprofile fields extensioons – which seem to be priced from $29 – $130 each.
again, not sure how any of the plugin is working for you – it kind of sounds like there is some info that has been added to your member’s profiles.. and if it that’s the case – you may have some luck with adding the “bp profile search” plugin – which is free. There some quick docs on how to get it up and running on a page or wdiget with certain features -> http://dontdream.it/
That may be all you need… if not, I would cough up the money for the premium addon and ask the author of the main plugin – sounds like it’ll be faster and easier to get working..
the buddypress forums are likely going to leave you hanging with no answers if you ask about anything like plugins, themes, custom mods that are premium / aka costs money.
I’d love to know if your plugin maker there has a way to turn off the “google maps” part – I mean it sounds nice on the features page – but I’m pretty sure html5 has a geo location feature that can be tapped into without using google maps.. and if I was to use a plugin like that, I would certainly not be sacrificing my user’s privacy by using something that depended on the big G to get their data. Surely there are other ways / other options.
my 2cents.. your situations may be different
I am guessing an installer from a web host likely includes some plugins and different themes.
I suggest deactivating or deleting all plugins, and switch to default theme in wordpress before you try to install buddypress. then follow the prompts from there.
ip geo block plugin best dam thing ever.
shield firewall plugin just to disable xmlrpc or a disable xmlrpc plugin
“good question” (https://wordpress.org/plugins/good-question/) or similar – adds a question that must be answered to finish registering
limit login attempts
audit log and multisite register ips (for the manual dedicated spammers)
this mix seems to make like tough for them – especially the ip geo block stopping several countries from abusing the site..
@redsand – good to see you active in bp threads! your plugin is a miracle, especially since akismet changed – one on bp site I did have to fiddle with the settings for forms or something recently – vaguely remember users having trouble sending pms were getting the you cant do that permissions thing until I messed with it a bet.. just like 2 weeks ago.
I originally set bp to just be activated from the admin dashboard – not the super-admin dashboard networkwide – and things have been mostly fine..
but I found that the plugin for showing blog author in a widget on the multi-site sub blogs needs bp to be sitewide activated ( https://buddydev.com/support/?s=User+Info+Widget&stype=all )
and now I think that doing so may resolve the problem I am having where sub account blogs that get updated are not getting updates shown and re-rodering in the “blogs activity / aka member sites” or whatever it’s called on a default install.
@pbarthmaier – thanks for taking a minute to consider this
I would change permalinks, save, then change back and save..
then – make a list of other plugins you are using, and which theme – try with all other plugins disabled.. and the 2014 (or 15 – default) theme.
does it work?
if not delete bp – and get your regular wordpress to work. remove any pages you don’t need – change permalinks.. basically getting a fresh install that works just as wordpress.. change permalinks twice.
then install bp – and run through the process of assigning pages, and all that – and check permalinks twice..
I would be it’s a theme or other plugin causing the conflict at this point.. if your htaccess is fresh anyhow..
@solomonsun – have you gone to:
settings -> buddypress –
then the tab near top: “pages”
scroll down to registration and see which page is selected there? tried changing it and saving it, then change again and save again perhaps?
ps- this is not the netowrk superadmin dashboard, but the regular main admin dashboard if you are in multisite setup I think.
– ” http://www.schoolhome.com.mg/” – comes up as server not found from where I am at.. so it does not seem that this url is valid / working.. if you go to that url it works somewhere? Is something on the web server locking it down where no one can access it but you.. or some other blocking system to prevent me or others from seeing your url?
You might wan agive up on buddypress – for several reasons.. cuz it doesn’t get any easier – things are going to get harder as some point.
you never posted what your htaccess file says in it.
you never ” don’t say what happened “before”. Before what ?” – explained what you changed when it stopped working.
sorry to hear it’s not working for you
what does your htaccess include in it?
switched to a default theme like 2014?
using the basic, default /register/ or whatever? (or did you chage it to something custom at some point?)
Go to settings -> permalinks – make a note of what they are set to..
change it to some else like post=1223 – click save.. then change it back to the /postname/ or whatever.. save again..
maybe the info / replies on this page would be helpful-
disclaimer, I am not a bp dev, just a long time user, and my knowledge is far from complete.
1 -each Profile / Member offered a separate gallery or media library?
This was a problem from the very beginning, and perhaps the biggest problem for bp aside from lousy filter options for the activity stream. Initially it was handled by the ‘bp-album’ plugin – which was later abandoned amidst some drama – rtmedia is kind of the standard for handling this now – but it’s bloated, important functions have gotten expensive, and it’s not well supported in core or themes – it’s terrible at keeping things separated like comments on media and galleries –
There is a new bp media like experimental thing that looks promising, and some attempts at making placeholders for bp media have been made in the past year, new hooks for bp attachment, etc. Some code has appeared on github showing a great start at possible core bp media handling – but not enough devs on that.
if you must have media with bp I suggest getting the premium “press permit core” and ask for support in limiting what other users can see in the media library. God forbid you have a problem with users trolling other users – and you have media – as you can purchase the buddyblock plugin which will prevent most abuse user to user, but it does not hook into the separate commenting system that rt-media creates. I strongly encourage you to try the other media plugin and hope that works for what you need before getting stuck with rtmedia and no way to export it’s data to something else.
2 a cap on how many Mb’s a user is allowed to upload for the total amount of media space
Wordpress has a setting for this when using multi-site setup – but I think it affects only what gets posted to the user blogs aka sites. I think rtmedia has an optional purchase-able plugin for this if you use their system to allow for the media uploads – not sure if the other competing system has such functionality.
This is a problem, and a solution should include a way for admins to look at users who have uploaded media, not just by user and space taken up, but also by date. There should be more control for deleting content with various parameters as well. I pity you if you find one day a user has uploaded 100s of photos that violate… terms.. and you have to delete each one at a time. If you find a way to handle this better with rtmedia I’d love for you to share it.
Currently I have tons of photos and videos that users have uploaded and no good way to look at or remove, aside from going profile to profile and manually checking what shows up there. A better way may exist, I have not found it yet.
3 – Why do all members have to be Authors in order to be able to Post because this was the only method that worked for me.
When you say post, that sounds like posting a post to a blog – either their own multi-site blog, or perhaps to a group blog. This is how worpdress is and is great for controlling things with blogs. If you mean a user needs to be an author in order to add to thier “activity stream” aka wall or profile or whatever, I do not think they need to be a blog author in order to do so… “What’s new” activity posts work fine without being a blog author.
4 – BuddyPress and BB Press how should I set up my .htaccess file – this should be documented somewhere around here. Wish I could tell you, I don’t have any bb press running with any buddypress installs any longer.
If you don’t want robots to crawl your site, search for forums for making buddypress private – you’ll want to lock down your site with a password required to view anything – if you really want to block bots.. if it’s just the nicer bots you are referring to, like googlebot, yahoo and bigbots – then you can setup a robots.txt with something like
but I don’t think having the main engines index your index.php is really helpful with most WP themes.. you’d probably be better with “allow /about-us/” for example.. as most wp sites I’ve worked with dont have a good ol’ index.html
your experiences may vary..
With BP you eaither have lots of time to code, or you take everything as is for the most part. Auttomatic has not funded bp well since the first dev Andy left – it’s basically abandoned like unwanted bastard child that gets (almost) no support – and has been for years. Instead depending mainly on volunteer contributors that obviously have to do other things like earn a living and pay bills.
Some great people do amazing things making bp better – I appreciate those that are making the documentation better and fighting the good fight of dealing with all the wp core changes and how they affect bp when it updates – and other work to make it better. However what is seemingly most important to many webmasters and end users may not be on the roadmap for future releases – and finding developers to mod up BP is not as easy as one may hope either.
custom fixes today may well be broken with future updates, and no one has thought about the laws in Europe for privacy and users being able to export data you have them.. all kinds of things..
consider bp a huge mix of free code that is very experimental, and in my humble opinion should be removed from the wp plugin repo if automattic is not going to fund it properly – it certainly should not be on the first page view of plugins – anyone installing it likely has no idea what can of worms they are getting into.
If you are thinking of the future and how you may need to moderate user’s uploads and such, I strongly encourage you to test out the mediapress alternative – but realize in order to get core functionality with bp right now you will have to add on a walled garden from one place or another.. without any import / export options – before you invest too much of your time and your user’s pictures and videos into silos you may never escape, you right as well look into and test out peepso (https://www.peepso.com )- as they seem to have more skin in the game and have made at least some import / export things if I remember correctly.
again, I am not a bp dev. also I have not used mediapress yet – although I would with a fresh install – rtmedia has not met my expectations, although not a total fail, it is only 60% of what it should be. I have not used peepso yet either. Just a guy that’s been running a few bp installs for a few years, and my knowledge is fuzzy at best. surely @ma.tt, others thoughts, and your mileage may vary.
“need a FTP script” – tried filezilla?
I use smart ftp more often, but filezilla is free last I checked.
ftp in, download a backup of all the files.
Don’t know what you mean by “SQL script to remove buddypress” – I would use phpmyadmin to login to your sql database, click export, custom, check ‘add drop table’ – and save a copy..
then I would go to (via ftp or file manager in cpanel) – site / wp-content/plugins
I’d rename the plugins folder to /plugins-hold – then create a new /plugins folder
at that point you should be able to login to the site if you to sitename/wp-admin/
I’d immediately check appearance – themes – change to default.. then start adding the needed plugins one by one.. if you find that enabled two plugins at once causes a problem – you probably have found the conflict.
Of course it could be a theme issue, a corrupt database, a hacked site – who knows.. but that’s what I would do.. I’m not an expert, and double check the documentation at wordpress.org for making backups. ( https://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Backups )
Hope that helps.
have you tried to see if bp emails work when the other plugins are disabled?
maybe some of things we posted about in the forums long ago may offer some clues as to where the hiccup is. I stiff refer to https://buddypress.org/support/topic/not-receiving-notification-of-new-user-registration/ on occasion.
there has been some discussion of this here: https://buddypress.org/support/topic/bussdypress-title-and-seo-yoast-problem/#post-253510
and several other places including the suggestions / feedback area amongst others.
I’ve had it fixed a time or two but updates to either bp or themes have broken my fixes.
This is something that google’s webmaster tools screams at you as being bad, and hurts your site the more members you get.
so I added a noindex no follow to the robots.txt file to remove most of the bp pages from being indexed.
what I used to fix some of these permissions issues with a bp / multi-site setup – https://wordpress.org/plugins/press-permit-core/ – not sure if this will work on the other issues mentioned – and not sure how to set things up, as this plugin had pulled in the old settings that I made with the role scoper system some time ago.
@abooster – I found a similar issue in regards to uploaded pictures and videos some time ago. It really disturbed me that it was trivial to see other people’s uploaded media within buddypress / wp -multisite.
I found at the time role scoper had a method to limit the permissions there and fix this issue on one install for me – it has since transformed into ‘press permit core’
I never bothere3d to report this, as it seemed like I’d report it to bp and it would get the whole ‘it’s not bp, it’s wp – or it’s rtmedia’s plugin problem’ – then I’d probably report it to rtmedia – and it would get a whole – thats the way bp and wp works – and although we were multi site compatible, we are not responsible for how permissions within those setups work..
and so, it’s really a problem for the bp community, but more so for those users who sign up assuming that we have good security practices like big social networks. I am guessing issues like these run afoul of the eu data privacy and protection laws, but I’m not there and don’t know enough about them.
So I just put in my terms that this is all beta software and not to post anything you don’t want exposed – there is not way any of this stuff is secure and everything could inadvertently be exposed one day even without a hack attempt.
sucks but that’s about all i can do as a user, not an expert of php or anything wp / bp / etc.
thanks for mentioning another similar issue that I had never considered – I think I had seen something like this when logged in as super admin, had not considered it may also show for non-super-admins – this sucks.