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Buddypress vs. Drupal Commons

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  • Jay Batson


    Additional info / corrections:

    1) Drupal Commons is not a commercial add-on; it is an open source Drupal distribution. It _has_ been developed by Acquia, but everything in it is open source, free for use, available for download, no gimmicks. Acquia will sell support, hosting, consulting, complementary network-based services (e.g. hosted faceted search), but we believe in open source so the software will be free.

    2) I note that by definition, solutions aren’t supposed to be “part of Drupal core” – it’s the other way around: Drupal Core is the “core” of more complete solutions (also called “distributions” in open source speak, or “install profiles” in Drupal speak). Drupal Core is minimalist by design, and supplies APIs & functions that are needed by more solution-specific distributions. Distributions are going to be a significant area of growth for Drupal in the next several years, and Drupal core will be _in_ all of them; but the distributions won’t be “in” Drupal Core.

    3) Drupal Commons isn’t released, but the beta is currently available for use at . You can also find directions there on how to download the Beta release from an SVN archive.



    Thanks for the additional info / corrections.

    It’s sometimes hard for me to keep track of all the various definitions of open and free. My impression from what you’ve said is that Drupal Commons is open and free to the same degree as Buddypress. It just has additional commercial options.


    On August 5, 2010 Acquia released Drupal Commons. So far, the reviews appear mixed. The product appears to be targeted to the business enterprise. Moreover, out-of-the-gate it appears to have some significant limitations, making it for now a niche community building application. My guess is that Buddypress, based on the WordPress platform, still has an edge in user friendliness, which is important for many markets without strong IT staff support. Here are a few useful websites.

    Acquia Drupal Commons website:

    1) Dana Blankenhorn & Paula Rooney, “Drupal Commons targets the enterprise,” ZDNet,
    2) Moshe Weitzman, “Quick peek into Drupal Commons,” Cyrve,
    3) Jim Storer, “Drupal Commons – Open Source Social Business?” The Community Roundtable,
    4) Dee-Ann Leblanc, “Drupal Commons Social Business Software Released,” CMSwire,



    This is the one is gaining the most interest from me right now as an educator and teacher of educators:
    Known as “OpenScholar”. This could be a BuddyPress Killer for Educators… The integration of ScholarPress and and BuddyPress has serious merit as well:

    I may be trying a version of OpenScholar very soon for a small research group I’m associated with. However, I’m hoping to try a hybrid-integration of ScholarPress/BuddyPress in the near future as well…. These types of software/Web 2.0 solutions are just now being tapped by progressive technology using educators… It will be interesting to see where “we” stand with these one year from now.

    Sarah Gooding


    I recently did a quick writeup comparing BuddyPress and Drupal Commons – hope some people find this helpful when selecting between the two:

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