A fork or WPMU that integrates BP and has simpler useability for end users
Now I have a suggesstion for Andy and the team, possibly off the wall and out the box…
Buddypress and WordPress are designed for different user contexts…
Why doesnt you look into have a special fork of WPMU tailored for BP developed. This version can include BP in its core and also have new look and feel backend, as well as front end widgets that allow most of the sites user interaction to take place from the front end
There can still be a backend for users which will allow them to customize their space on the site unlike facebook where you are stuck with the ugly vanilla theme all the time. The user backend will only be for really critical and tech savvy tasks and most users could get away with never using it if they don’t want to because of having all the user infterface components like creating pages and posts etc in the front end or in the users “admin bar” ala facebook.
The reason why I am suggesting this is because people tend to be happy with what they are familiar with. WordPress and WPMU are blogging tools and aren’t really aimed at internet noobs. Thats fine because if you want to setup a blog you are most likely more than just a casual or internet noob and you will have no problem finding your way around the WordPress backend. On the other hand for a lot of people it seems to technical and involved and they would prefer the simpler interaface of facebook that they are used to.
I have tried to get some people at a student society at my university to use their own blog and domain using a combo of Joomla and WordPress for the blogging component but they lost interest and instead created a group on facebook which everyone flocks around.
To summarise, since buddypress is aimed at a different kind of user than WordPress ie its for social networking, the casual social user might be put off or struggle with the complexities of WP, so instead of merely inheriting the way in which WP works, what about adapting a WP to make it more suitable for social networking and make it a more attractive platform for micro communities.
Good idea, stupid idea? what do you guys think
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