[Resolved] In the Beginning…Some advice Please.
Hi. I’m in the process of building a new wordpress powered web site and I’d like to incorporate a social media component. I have a multisite install running and I would really like some advice before going with Buddypress.
As I understand Buddypress, it aggregates blogs from across your network and adds social media functions similar to Facebook. I also know that you can turn off the Buddypress features you don’t want to use which is an attractive element because I know I don’t need all its features.
On my network, new users will not be blogging themselves on their own sites. Instead they will sign up to belong to my network and become members only. They won’t really be going anywhere other than the main site on the network. I know that statement might prompt you to wonder why I’m using multisite at all but I don’t want to bore you with the details of the project.
Members on my network have the power to, among other things, read and comment on blog posts. I would like my members to have their own profile pages and the power to form their own discussions or interact in other facebook-esque ways (status updates/likes/etc…). However, much like a traditional blog I want the articles written by myself and guest contributors to aways be the center of attention on the main blog-page.
I’ve looked at a pluggin called Mingle and it seems to accomplish what I’m looking for but I get the impression that Buddypress really is the premiere social media engine for WordPress. Also, Buddypress needs its own theme and Mingle doesn’t which does make me a bit hesitant to go with Buddypress.
My questions are:
1. Even though my users don’t have their own blogs is Buddypress going to give me the functionality I
described above or should I go with something less powerful like Mingle?
2. Can anyone recommend a buddy press theme that would present my articles, front and center but still allow for the other social media type features I’ve previously described?
Thanks in advance so much for your help. This is a major facet of my new site and I’d really hate to get it wrong.
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