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Advice on BuddyPress + bbPress

  • Evil Overlord


    Latest versions of WP, BP, and bbP

    I’m trying to devise a simple, socially-oriented discussion space that has some invitation-only groups, and specific private fora for specific topics, but that is easy to enter and manage.

    My initial thought was to have two groups:
    Fans – open group
    Various fora – all open

    Contributors – invitation-only group
    Specific fora and sub-fora – all private. For example:
    Project forum 1 – open only to some members of the Contributors group
    Project sub-forum A – open only to some members of the Forum 1 group

    I’m finding that the groups and fora are hard to administer. I’d like to be able to simply check some boxes on the back end to define which site members belong to which groups and fora. Instead, they have to join, then I have to invite them (through the front end) to each group and to each forum and sub-forum. It’s slow and tedious.

    I had thought that using both BuddyPress and bbPress would give me what I want, and it does function, but it’s unattractive and awkward to manage. Some specific issues:

    • Group ‘forum’ – each group has its own discussion space aside from the fora. I’d like to force people to use the fora instead.
    • Signup – as noted, it’s very awkward to manage memberships in groups and fora; too much so for anyone to realistically sign up for the site, join a group, join a forum, join a sub-forum. I know who should be where; I’d like to manage all or most of this on the back end.
    • Forum font size – is very small. While this seems a small detail, I’ve tried altering every font setting in my theme, and none seem to affect this.


    1. Am I using the right tools? Would just bbPress or just BuddyPress be better?
    2. Are there specific plugins I should be using? I’ve seen some that look useful, but many are out of date. Some aren’t described with much specificity. I’m not sure which would do what I want.

    Advice much appreciated.

    (Also, any free themes that would work well, so that fora aren’t pushed way down the page.)

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  • Venutius


    Have you looked at Auto Group Join? also Registration Groups? These could help you do what you achieve. Auto Group Join includes a handy admin page where you can arrange who is in what group.

    Hiding the Group Activity (Home) page is a bit more involved, but one option could be to simply disable activity?

    Evil Overlord


    Thanks. I looked at Auto Group Join, and am considering it. Registration Groups hasn’t been updated in a long time, so I’m a bit leery of that. I’ve also tried bbPress Private Groups, but I’m finding forum accessibility to be oddly inconsistent.

    At the moment, I’m looking at:
    1. Just BuddyPress – create lots of overlapping single-purpose groups.
    2. Just bbPress & Private Groups – forget about the social aspect and just use structured fora.
    3. Social media – give up and use a Google Group, Google+ community, or even [gulp] a Facebook group.

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