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@henrywright – thanks for the heads up.
I would rather pay a bp dev $300 to make something that works and provides the attachments data needed for things to be extended rather than pay rtmedia 300 to continue over-bloating that joke of a script that we all are kind of stuck with.
So if someone wants to build it and can do it for $300 I will donate today.
Of course anyone starting a BP site today has the option to use media press or WP Photo Album Plus – which I have more faith in these days – but seeing how there has been nothing in the core it’s like BP is hostage to 3rd party fails.
I’d love to see some core thing built with basic functions and the bp-attachments stuff and give others a better base to work with, then it would not be so painful if a media enhancement plugin was to go my the way side – we should still have ways to display previously saved / attached media if we had to axe the possible lightobx / gallery addons.
(axing rtmedia right now would basically mean scrapping years of user posts / data – going back to the same issue with had when bp-album withered up) – would be nice to have something core – even if not released in current core – but coming soon like the rest api – that people could be comfortable building with / upon.
NOw wondering if something better was made, and there was no reasonable way to export rtmedia info to be merged with a newer media display mechanism.. and if we added a new component to handle uploads, then we’d need an extra addon to prevent the rtmedia upload buttons from appearing everywhere (in order to discourage people from using that) – but then it would still need to be running to keep old stuff showing – and with all the extra bloat – cramming pages with tons of inline code – pulling in bootstrap and fontawesome and all this crap for now reason.. oh the horror – we need an export / importer.. maybe if someone makes a solid BP component someone else can figure out how to connect some fields and make an export/ import thing that will connect.
/random thoughts / rant off
Just worried that this is really the achilles heel in bp – we can’t go through this loss of media again
@jordanboon0 – certainly there is more than one way to accomplish what you are proposing here.
My first thought upon reading this is is that you can create a “multi-user blog” with wordpress. Each new artist becomes a “contributor” or even “editor” upon sign up, and they can post a new gallery easily, then your admin(s) can choose what new galleries get published.
You go do all that with a single blog / wordpress install – and do it without buddypress, just make a cool custom author page for whichever theme you want to use.
There are many plugins and settings for things like front end uploads, post author profiles, wordpress gallery fancy stuff and all that.
You could also put buddypress into this mix and give your artists some extra social network stuff like private messages, groups and all that – however if you go with buddypress and and that layer to handle everything (without getting your users to submit posts / pages via standard wordpress) – then you have to get into a media plugin like rtmedia, mediapress, or – another one posted about a month ago.. anyhow – those media plugins are kind of their own “silos” – customizing how they work is not a few wp repo plugins away – and support for what you may want to do with them may be disappointing.
Of course you could take WP, add in BP if you really want the social layer, and still use the main site blog as kind of a “multi-user (or “group” blog) and do it that way.. you could get more complex and turn it into a multi-site install where each user get’s their own unique blog with gallery plugins – but moderation of posts and such with that setup may become more of a challenge – along with the extra headaches with running a multi blog network.
Anyhow – given the details you provided with your stated goals, I would forget about buddypress and multi-site – just install wordpress and do some searches in the wp-repo and themes section for “author pages”, “group blog” “post moderation” “front end uploads” and the various “Gallery” plugins – I think you can accomplish what you are going for pretty easily with lots of customization options.. without all the drawbacks and limitations of BP.
Did this start after the BP 2.3 release on June 3(ish) ? – I saw a note saying this release included
“Improved Handling of Blog Media in Activity Stream.
BuddyPress now generates better excerpts in the activity streams for blog posts containing images or other embedded media content.”
However I am not sure if there is any documentation / additional info about this – just a blurb on the release notes on the bp dot org / blog is all I have found so far.
I am interested in finding out what you come up with in regards to this.
I tried to use something like:
‘field’ => 2,
(some info from https://codex.buddypress.org/themes/guides/displaying-extended-profile-fields-on-member-profiles/ )
to replace the actual names I was using in a page title template thing, and never got it to work – but I have no idea what I am doing – trying to franken-hack a bit of code provided by one person and replace the field names with field numbers so the code would work with a different site I was playing with – when I tried replacing the name with this field number thing it did not work – but again I don’t understand php nor bp stuff well enough to know if I just missed a character, or something else was needed, or the function isn’t working as it should.
If I may suggest that instead you add to your robots.txt file some wildcard rules such as:
as to where I think it may be possible to pull some info from the activity posts to create page titles and other meta stuff, most activity posts are going to be short in most cases, and having a bunch of new pages indexed (even properly with title and meta stuff) is likely to add little value to your site overall – and in fact might create a situation where a bulk of your site pages are considered “thin content” – which would hurt your seo more than any proper page titles will on activity pages.
Considering you are also asking about methods for adding meta keywords, I think you are looking for SEO help that is waaaaaaay outdated – unless you are going for different search engines aside from the big G, bing / yahoo for some reason – in which case my knowledge of the other spiders and their indexing methods is tiny.
Now if you are trying to get proper page titles on your “groups” and member profile pages, I think that would be a worthwhile effort.
Just a few random suggestions, I am not a BP dev or prof coder yet – others may have different advice.
I think that getting and using this info will be better / easier perhaps about WP 4.4 or whenever they include the REST API in the core – and then it should be easy peazy for themes to pull and use this info – not that it should be rocket science to do it now… however I have had no luck getting help with similar issues on other BP pages in the past.
It usually boils down to BP peeps saying that page title and meta stuff should be handled by your theme.. your theme devs will say they use the standard wp_title function (or something like that – which has been flipped around recently) – and that kind of stuff if you want it to be beyond what is “standard wordpress” should be handled by an SEO plugin… my experience with several SEO plugins has been that they will not get into all the BP “pseudo pages” for whatever reason, perhaps because a taxonomy is not registered for them, and that makes it more difficult.
Random thoughts for ya
This might be what you are looking for: https://codex.buddypress.org/themes/bp-custom-php/#examples
for detailed info, scroll up the page.
@enad12 – I suggest looking at the plugins in the wp-repo and see if any of them may suit your needs.
I myself avoid adding anything facebook to any of my sites as much as possible. In the very few places that I did add anything fbook, I would make sure that they loaded all assets from my site and not a third party server – for site speed and privacy issues as well.
for example the “2 Click Social Media Buttons” plugin requires a double click in order to turn on these third party integration / sharing things – and the author has a write (in German that may needs translating) on his site – which is linked to in the plugin descript – that describes some of the laws in Germany and Europe in regards to leaking user info to third parties – so if you are going down that road I would look more into that and whatever laws you may need to follow in your area of the world in regards to those kinds of things.
@andy277 – not sure what your setup is, and if my setup is extra customized in any way, however..
one of my mulsite-bp setups – if I am logged in, and I hover over the top bar far right, “howdy admin” a little pop-down menu appears – scroll down to “sites” (hovering) – I have “my sites” and “create a site” – this may be different if a user does not yet have a “site” – would you check?
Also, on that same setup… I have the list of “member / user created sites” appear on a tab/page called “member blogs” – when I click that page to view all member blogs (aka multi-site sites) – near the top of the page I have a bar with “all sites (default selected “tab”) – my sites (next tab) and create a site (third tab)
It seems to be a pretty standard link, which I guess you could add just about anywhere on your site – like using a custom menu or whatever – for my site it is MyWebSite dot com/blogs/create/
Of course these things may not be the same with different setups, and not sure if me being logged in and having admin priv makes any difference and whatever – not enough time to run through various test cases at the moment…
do you find these options with your setup?
@kjgbriggs – just took a look at your oblivion thing you like – it appears to be the forums layout you are concerned with here – which may end up being more of a “bbpress” theme-ing issue – not so much buddypress… last I checked you can add “bbpress” as an auto-addon for buddypress – but if it’s not profiles and activity stream stuff – you may need to look up some “bbpress” specific theme things if you run into issues – not sure if they go over all that at bbpress dot org these days or not.. I have not checked those forums / docs in years.
“see in their feed on my website.” – you mean on the activity stream? OR maybe it would be easier and perhaps more user friendly if this was a widget in a sidebar?
You need to direct this question to the “OptimizeMember” plugin writer.
I will suggest if you do not find it easy to work with that one, perhaps look into others like “s2member” or the membership plugins from wpmudev – and others.
Some places provide better tutorials and support than others – some are easier to work with than others.
This is not really a buddypress issue however I do not believe.
(I am not a bp dev, just another random internet user of bp – and I have not looked into your particular optimize things)
@azaleamollis – like henrywright said – who knows – maybe they will come back and say – I have no idea, but I had an experience with a similar plugin about a year ago – it drove me crazy – kept saying my pw was not strong enough, I had to enter about 10 different (and each time more complex) passwords just to login into my own site – as soon as I was in I deactivated that thing.
In retrospect, I think it would of been less frustration if it said something like “10 Character minimum, at least 3 non alphabet letters” –
I also expect modern web apps to show a graphic that changes with the strength as I type, showing me that what I have typed is acceptable, before I click save (And get some unruly error message and have to start all over)
There are many plugins that will do this for wp these days – so there are many options – and people are tired of being frustrated by technology = especially that tech which is supposed to make them safer – yet in actuality tends to make things less usable.
Random thoughts – may have nothing to do with your plugin (I have not see it), and I have no idea what others may be looking for when decided to rate yours (they could think it’s not asking for strong enough passes! lol who knows if they don’t say)
@kjgbriggs – setting up a child theme is just a way to essentially make a new theme – using another “parent” as your template. When you activate, it’s just ONE theme that it handling everything for your wp/bp site.
You do no provide enough details about your theme names, and what you like about the main one and the one that ‘looks better with buddyprees’ – however, if you just like the layout of the bp components with he second theme more, then yes I believe you could make a child theme from your primary theme, and then go into your secondary theme and start to pull some of the layout code for the bp specific components and add those to your main theme.
If it’s overall colors and such you are trying to mix, like have a red header for your main site and a blue header for your bp pages – that is not going to be so easy..
it’s easy to learn about child themes here: https://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes
and a little more digging to learn about bp specif pages and components here:
for minor changes you can keep things simple by activating your second theme that you like with the bp looking better, go to the bp pages where you like the layout, right click on the element that looks good and click inspect elements – this will give you the css rules that are working the way you like.. things like alignment properties, bold, colors perhaps – copy those – put them into your new child theme styles and such..
of course some things can be more tricky if your second theme has fancy functions.php, java and all that included.
@chetbutikofer – I have not run into that exact thing – but you can go into your site via ftp or file mananger, under wp-content / plugins and simply delete the buddypress folder. That will usually deactivate just about any wp plugin.
I think it’s tools -> Export to export your posts and pages.
make a full backup is fairly easy – and you could easily recreate what you currently have with a zip file and an export of your database.
just get to your phpmyadmin, export (click add drop table under advanced) –
via file manager compress / zip your whole site.
(you might want to make a separate zip file of your wp-content folder to easily re-add your pics and plugins and themes and such with new install) – and download that – to upload later
real instructions here https://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Backups
then you could delete all the files in your your folder – reinstall wp (if you use a new db, then your old one will still be there if you decide to revert)
I would do a folder for your /sys and a separate install in /rust or whatever, and put a custom html index.ht page in your root that says welcome click here for my rust group, click here for my game group.. or something like that.. but that’s me and my limited knowledge of what you are going for.
pretty easy to import your posts and pages into a new wp.. if you plan to re-use pics and stuff, upload your wp-content folder and unzip – sometimes this is best done before you import posts and pages with the wp tool – sometimes you click “download and import attachments” – sometimes not. sometimes you have delete all the pages and posts and them re-import them and select the other option (don’t download import pics) or whatever.. I can’t remember which works and which fails – but it’s all fairly quick and painless regardless – and good practice for fixing a major problem in the futre.
note sure if these work or not – never used them:
Let me know if you try them and they fail or work!
@mattfl850 – this info will help with that journey:
bottom of the page: https://codex.buddypress.org/getting-started/installation-in-wordpress-multisite/
I am sure this is possible, it’s not the way I would do it… might also want to consider some of the info here: http://halfelf.org/2011/dont-use-wordpress-multisite/ (updated may 2015 😉
Others may agree or disagree, and you may be keeping your server tuned like a well oiled machine – hidden from the SE spiders and brute force attackers and all that.
Of course I am not an expert, or a bp dev or anything – just another user who has tried a few different setups and spent many hours trying to do what it “possible” and should be “simple” – and pulled my hair out trying to make things like that work well :))
Not sure if anything is changed in recent updates, but I will mention that when I did this kind of conversion; I had to install the role scoper plugin (now called press permit) – in order to hide people’s private pics they uploaded – as they were visible in the media gallery for other bp users on my sites who had signed up for a “blog” (not called “site” in multi-site) – that was a painful thing to find out the hard way – maybe things have changed with that and other issues – not sure.
Have fun with that and let me know how it works out for ya!
@colinl255 – I am not sure what your issue is, and I am not a wp / bp expert.. but first thing I would do is make a backup of your htaccess file or rename it.. then make a new – change permalinks to something else, save, then change them back to pretty.. and see if it’s an issue caused by your htaccess file..
then I would make a zip backup of all files in your directory, export a copy of your database through phpmyadmin (check the advanced box to add / drop /whatever is suggested in wp codex for backup / export / migrate instructions)
delete all files in your wp-admin/ folder and wp-includes/ folder – re-upload fresh files from the latest WP download..
then start deleting plugins and themes (instead of just deactivating)
if it gets to a point where you need to wipe out everything and do a fresh install it would not be that much work.. but hopefully you will find an issue before getting that far.
I suppose it would be wise to check your server’s error log and ask your server support peeps to take a look – there could be some hidden mod sec module out of whack or something.. and they should check to see if your php and sql are up to date.
@jgob – The simple answer would be sure, there is a way, edit the css.
there is no real way to answer your question I don’t think – there are no details. What is messed up? What is cleaner? Who decides these things?
What you are asking is highly dependent on which theme you are using.
As is suggested here: https://buddypress.org/support/topic/when-asking-for-support-2/
Best to have the info so people may take a look.
Without that info – right click on your pictures, inspect elemment, go to your css and change things is all I can tell ya.
@whiskyharry – you are going to have to direct these questions to the premium theme author – people at bp dot org will not help you with this issue – (99.99 % sure on this)
@ggsalas – your post have more than two links in it? – held for moderation for unkown amount of time – others will not see it.
IS your ip addy flagged by akisment ? who knows – could also cause an issue.
Did you say something like “profile field for s3x / g@y, l3sb –
– also causes issues.
and other reasons to I imagine – welcome to the “who knows”
I’ve had to re-write posts several times here, removing info from some, changing spelling on others, and in some cases splitting posts into two posts in order to provide the proper links needed for help –