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BuddyPress/WP users – how does it work?

  • parakeet


    Hi, I’m new to BuddyPress, am curious and wondered if someone could shine a light…

    If I understand it correctly…
    — A BuddyPress user is exactly the same thing as a WordPress user.
    — But some of the user fields are editable by admin in WordPress’ Users settings…
    — … whilst there is another set of profile fields that, whilst admin can create and edit the fields themselves, the information can only be edited by relevant users on the client side.

    Why is the containment of user profile info split in this way and not accessible in one place?
    Why, as an admin, can’t I access and edit all user info?

    Is there any good documentation or reading matter? The Codex is rather spartan.

    Thanks for the help and keep up the good work.

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  • Yes, WP + BP users are the same. Yes to WP/BP profile data in different places.

    As I’ve said in another thread of yours, admins can edit all BuddyPress information from the front-end of your site. The codex is probably as good as it gets unless someone’s written a blog post, or if you can find an old post on this forum.

    It’s split like this because BuddyPress’ profile system is more powerful and therefore complicated than WordPress’, and it wasn’t possible to use the WordPress database tables for BuddyPress profile data.

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