Buddypress seems to be for programmers not for beginners
I have to say, Buddypress looks like a great tool.
Only downside that I can see right now is that it’s not for me.
I’m a beginner, and what isn’t really clear when you look at the features and you decide to give it a try, is that you can’t really customize without PHP knowledge, so it seems.
With limited knowledge I got WordPress working and was able to do a lot of the things I wanted, without PHP knowledge, not so with Buddypress.
F.i. I was looking at customizing the profile pages of the members, when I look at the documentation on customization, the buddypress site lists options like: ‘make your own theme’, ‘write your own plugin’, so that convinces me that, because I know nothing about PHP (yet), this is not for me.
What I would of liked to have heard right from the start is a warning that you need to know PHP and this is NOT for beginners. A forum posting that I made received no response, but now I see why, this is for the advanced user, not for beginners. My questions are out of place.
I’m disappointed, also because of my lack of knowledge in this area.
But it would be good to have a warning at the Buddypress site that warns people that ‘this is an advanced tool, only try to use it with PHP knowledge’, just a suggestion.
But, again, Buddypress still looks like a great tool.
I wish you the best of luck with the further progress of Buddypress, but I’ll move on to something less advanced.
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