Multiple Budypress Networks, one install
As discussed in past thread, multiple instances of different BP in one install is currently not possible. If you have BP on your network (the new 3.0 term for what was mu) then your global users are also global in BuddyPress.
We touched on this in the dev chat yesterday, with some either not understanding the concept or not understanding why there would be a need. (aka, rare-case usage). Yes, I can admit to some bias, as part of my day job involved dealing with a fair number of multi-networked sites and the people who want/use them. These types of requests run at about 20% of everyone who asks me “Can I do this?”.
Multiple networks in 3.0 is what multi-site was in mu: basically, you have blogs that can have child blogs. Whether they are on different domains or not is not part of the issue. Sometimes they are, sometimes they aren’t.
I managed, with the help of a client, to come up with a reasonable, legit and extremely valid use-case in the real world, because this is something they also want to be able to do. And they are not the only ones. Okay, enough setup here goes (numbers fudged intentionally):
Educational Institution has one major WPMU install for their entire system. This covers a broad range in their educational umbrella, it is not just one school, it is multiple schools, with overarching departments. There are actually quite a fair number of schools and universities using WPMU in this manner. The use the blogs / sites for all kinds of purposes, internal blog, CMS management, classroom applications, student reflective works.. the list goes on.
Now add BuddyPress.
If you’re one university, great. Everyone listed goes to the same uni right? Awesome, this is where BuddyPress started. But like my example above, in some cases you have one install for multiple schools. Let’s say this is for a K-12 district. All schools are there, let’s say there’s 100. Elementary all through highschool, right across the very large district.
Now you want to add BuddyPress for just the 20 highschools.
Currently this is not possible on the BuddyPress side. We can group the blog for just the high schools, and on an individual level too. Add buddypress and you’ve kindergarteners mixing in with seniors & teachers. Not gonna work. The only way that is possible right now is separate installs. Which, if you’re already up and running is … painful. Or a scrapped idea.
Even on a higher level there are university groups using WPMU to run everything, and you may go to one of their colleges and have no interest in the others (CUNY is a good example here).
I realize this is more Enterprisey and less community-on-a-shoestring, but I wanted to put this out there as part of the discussion, on order to help people better understand the usage in other areas.
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