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Network activation advantage?

  • Don


    WordPress Environment: Version 4.4.2 subdomain-based Multisite network.

    Can someone please describe the difference in BuddyPress behavior when network activated vs. activation only on the main domain (blog_id=1) of a Multisite network?

    Thank you very much,

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  • Having BP active on all sites in a network just means BP works on all of those sites. By default, the main domain, as you call it, becomes the central hub.

    In practical terms, if you have the Site Tracking component enabled, it’d track blog posts/comments on all sites into the hub’s activity stream. There’s a “Sites” tab in the user profile that will show a list of all the sites that the user has some kind of access to (to the wp-admin).

    There are other things like @mentions that you could get to work (though you’d probably have to write a bit of code to support the non-BuddyPress templates running on the non-hub site(s).



    Hi Paul,

    Thanks for the reply.

    Actually, I just discovered an advantage (or feature) with respect to network activating vs. network deactivating BuddyPress. With BuddyPress Network Activated, a subsite administrator has the ability to insert BuddyPress widgets in their site(s); however, upon network deactivation, all the subsite administrator’s BuddyPress widgets disappear. I’ve tested three BuddyPress widgets on a subsite so far and while the links in the Members and Groups widgets point to the main site (blog_id=1), the links in Recent Topics default to any forum.

    From a Multisite network administrator’s point of view, it appears the advantage of having BuddyPress network activated is to grant subsite administrators the ability of linking to the group and member directories from their subsites. In constrast, having bbPress Network Activated would potentially create as many forums as there are subsites.

    Am I overlooking anything?


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