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BuddyPress and wpMU, some expert advice needed

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    jorrie
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    @jorrie

    Hi Everyone. Im considering BuddyPress with WPMU to build a sort of community but then in a little different setup than normal, therefore I have some questions I could not find answered yet:

    1) Say mysite.com runs on WPMU and i have several (WPMU generated blogs) Could I register from any of those blogs and get a “global” account. With, I would be aple to comment on any blogposts from ANY blog that runs from my WPMU installation?

    2) Say mysite.com runs some introduction to what my site does and i do not want the /members directory to popup there would that be possible?

    3) How and where do these “groups” “Forums” and “Blogs” are generated? I have several blogs created true the WPMU interface, does buddypress link to them automatically?

    4) I dont want any users to create blogs, they can only upload avatar and post comments on any of the wpmu sites. Is that possible? Since the admin creates all the blogs, the users can only communicate on the site.

    5) Last but not least, Im looking for some forum functionality… I was hoping buddypress would have the forum like this one ( Which is bbpress i assume?) I would like to have a blog with categories like this one, the buddypress only seems to be able to post a topic without any categories, is that correct? I need a forum like this one for EACH blog I have, they should be seperated but they should all share the same user login so it would be possible for a visitor to post on any forum that runs true my wpmu installation

    6) Well, really finally: Would it be possible to have a list of all blogs generated and place them on a wordpress page?

    Those are the questions that are hunting me for several days now,

    I hope above is possible than that would be great!

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    r-a-y
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    @r-a-y

    1) With WPMU and a user account, you can comment on any blog (provided you’re logged in)

    2) This is possible… that page is a template file, so you could customize that with whatever you want.

    3) If you already have users blogging on WPMU, BuddyPress will detect these user’s blogs (I’m quite sure BP detects them!). BP groups and forums build off of WPMU’s userbase; groups being a BP thing and forums being a BP/bbPress thing. So when you install BP, your users will have to configure their groups and forums from scratch.

    4) Not sure on this one. There’s an option in WPMU to disable blog registration, but if you do that I think it will disable blog registration sitewide. This would be a better question for the WPMU forums.

    5) BuddyPress does indeed utilize bbPress for forum functionality. The next version of BP will make it easy to integrate with. Right now, it still requires some grunt work.

    You say want a forum for each blog? That’s a little overkill… but something like this can be accomplished with groups and a BP plugin (Marius Ooms’ groupblog plugin or Burt Adsit’s BP Community Blog plugin)

    6) Yes you can list all blogs on a page using a WPMU function.

    Hope that helps!

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    jorrie
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    @jorrie

    Thanks for the reply much appreciated.

    1& 2 all clear work that out

    3) If you already have users blogging on WPMU, BuddyPress will detect these user’s blogs (I’m quite sure BP detects them!). BP groups and forums build off of WPMU’s userbase; groups being a BP thing and forums being a BP/bbPress thing. So when you install BP, your users will have to configure their groups and forums from scratch.

    Could you clarify this a bit more?

    5) BuddyPress does indeed utilize bbPress for forum functionality. The next buddypress when does it get released?

    Is there some documanation on bbpress + wpmu + buddypresS? I once did a regular wordpress and bbpress integration but could not find a simple way to integrate the bbpress forums in a wordpress page or match there layouts

    Great thanks! going to look into this today

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    jorrie
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    @jorrie

    Marius Ooms’ groupblog plugin

    Burt Adsit’s BP Community Blog plugin

    Do you have any direct links to them? Could not find it with google (must be the time just woke up ;)

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    r-a-y
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    @r-a-y

    Re #3 – Your blogs will stay intact. Buddypress will create a few components called groups and forums (if you have bbPress installed). Groups can be configured by users or admins. BP forums are a part of groups.

    Re #5 – There’s a few forum threads about integration and a couple of guides floating around the net.

    The next version of Buddypress is scheduled to be released next week (August 11), but I won’t be surprised if they push it back a few weeks since there’s a lot of new stuff being implemented.

    Right now, if you want a tight integration, you’ll have to theme WPMU and BuddyPress at the very least. There’s no way around it.

    Re #6:

    Groupblog plugin – https://buddypress.org/forums/topic/new-groupblog-plugin#post-19344

    – It’s still in development… I would just test this for now

    Community Blogs for BuddyPress – https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/bp-community-blogs/

    – A revision was made by Boone Gorges available here – hxxp://dev.commons.gc.cuny.edu/files/2009/07/bp-community-blogs.zip (change hxxp to http)

    – I’ve been meaning to test this, but haven’t yet

    Keep in mind that these plugins would give a group a blog, but not a forum for each blog like you want… both have a different way of achieving this method.

    The groupblog plugin would be more tightly integrated, whereas the “Community Blogs” plugin provisions group members to an existing WPMU blog.

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