Re: How to set up Forums/Groups? Where are the basic instructions?
To add a friend, simply navigate to a member profile you want to become friends with and click on the “Add Friend” button. The requested member gets an email notification asking whether or not to accept the friendship.
Please go and test BuddyPress thoroughly on http://testbp.org, then come back here for any help.
For blogs, you need to enable WordPress’ network mode:
When you have that setup, BuddyPress automatically detects this and adds a blog directory. There should be a button to create a blog on that page as well as on the registration page.
(Sidenote: me thinks we need a BP codex article to setup the blogs component)
To customize the welcome email, try Paul Gibbs’ Welcome Pack plugin: