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The approach I will be taking is creating a new Blog BP plugin that will be pulling all the posts, categories and comments straight from the user’s blog. I will only be allowing one blog per user. Also I setup my BP installation not to use subdomains for blogs but folders. I will be looking to hook into BP’s url dispatcher to use subdomains for the public profiles and will be disallowing direct access to the actual users WP blogs (maybe using .htaccess rules) so that way blogs will look and feel like they belong to the profile just like the wire, friends and eventually galleries and not a separate/independent entity the way it currently works.
It’s a lot of work but I think it’s the way to go at least for my project requirements.
I hope to be able to release the code once I have made a good amount of progress.
I would love a blog theme that integrates with the buddypress them so that way blogs don’t feel like they are separated entities.
Thanks netspencer. I think the original way makes more sense. I wonder why it was changed to the way blogs work now.
Having blogs completely unrelated to profiles makes the navigation of the site a awkward. It completely breaks the flow of a BP powered site.
I will be doing more research and post my findings here.
Perhaps I would end up creating a new blog theme that brings the profile to the blog or maybe the other way, bring the blog to the profile page.
Does anyone know what would be the best way to get this level of integration of blogs and buddy press?
I found that screenshot here: http://apeatling.wordpress.com/2008/06/12/new-buddypress-theme/