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Maybe Buddypress is not right for OUR community!

  • Jason


    One major flaw I saw recently is, the lack of ability to view Members Directory for ALL members regardless of who has logged in or not. Default only shows ACTIVE members (who have already signed in). Ideally, Admins would be able to change this setting.

    Our scenario. Home Owners Association (HOA). Every one of our 140+ members in our condo complex are required, not voluntary. Everyone pays a fee every month. Some of our information is, understandably, kept private; however, we ALL need to know who our neighbors and HOA members are. County tax rolls show public data about who the owner is. Likewise, our HOA wants neighbors to know who all residents are on our private website. We have a database showing that. Buddypress will allow me to import CSV database of all users. Check. Bbpress Forums will allow users to participate in discussions with each other. Check. Members canNOT view entire resident directory because Buddypress does not allow it. We want this private information available to ALL of our imported members, but it is not. I have tried some hacks, but they do not suit my needs. For instance, I can show all members alphabetically by default, but the Search function does NOT work for non-active members. And, the member count (at the top) still shows a number for Active members only. Not at all intuitive.

    Is there another plugin that would serve our needs better if we wanted to:
    1) show all members by default
    2) allow searching all members by default
    3) show total number of all members by default (not just those who logged in)

    Thanks for your response!

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  • coffeywebdev


    Buddypress does not support this functionality out of the box, but with a little PHP knowledge one could make these adjustments to your buddypress site.

    Be sure when making customizations that you don’t overwrite the plug-in! You can include BuddyPress/bbPress template files in your theme and modify them to do whatever you want. The possibilities are endless!

    Check out the BuddyPress documentation for more info on extending BuddyPress for custom features.

    BuddyPress Codex



    Thank you for that information! I have seen this question going back 7+ years, so I know that I am not alone in this request. However, I do not know how to program PHP 🙁 Unless someone can provide a bid $$ amount for adding this functionality through a plugin, I will have to either 1) accept the current functionality or, 2) move on to another plugin or platform solution.

    It would be nice to have a “pro” version of Buddypress that would have more options.



    I could maybe help out! I estimate that it would cost ~$100-200. I specialize in WordPress plugin extensions, you can check my website out at!

    I’ve been pretty busy lately, but I found a potential solution on these forums:

    I’d be happy to help you make these adjustments, you can direct message me about cost/timeline/etc.

    In members-loop.php use this

    if ( bp_has_members(bp_ajax_querystring( ‘members’).’&type=alphabetical’) ) : 




    Thank you! I’m sending you an email now… I am using that members-loop.php file, but it does not affect the search function, and it does not affect the member count at the top. These two items are of interest to me.

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