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Simple needs wondering if I need WPMU/Buddypress please advise

  • libationblog


    Hi All,

    I am currently roughing through a WPMU/Buddypress install. As I am tracking through what I am doing I am wondering if I might be going to far so i thought I would ask the forum and see what response I got back.

    For my site I want to provide information about upcomming events in different cities (simple WP blog functionality), past events will include pic galleries and audio podcasts (basic plugins for WP), I want people to create a profile on the site (WPMU only?), that includes custom info for alerts and updates for future (buddypress?), and users can integrate their facebook/twitter accounts (buddypress plugins).

    Does that sound right?

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  • r-a-y


    I guess you would need to elaborate on what your “custom info for alerts and updates” are going to be.

    The rest of them can be remedied with what you said.

    But, the cool thing about BuddyPress is you can enable/disable various components, so say you don’t need groups or blogs or friends, you can disable that in the BP admin area.

    It sounds like you really only need profiles, and perhaps the wire, or maybe groups, to faciliate the alert service. The bpEvents plugin by Erwin Gerrits can help you for events as well.

    There’s also a Facebook Connect plugin available and a Twitter plugin in the works.

    Hope that helps in some way!

    John James Jacoby


    libationblog, basically BuddyPress/WPMU will meet all of your needs and wants, but you might have to hold its hand and then twist its arm to get it to listen.

    When you consider that WordPress alone can do just about all of the things you mention with the help of independent plugins, adding BuddyPress on top of it alleviates all of the user profile woes that WordPress alone can’t do. But if you plan on using BuddyPress, then you need to step up to WPMU, which sounds like you might not really need, but have to have to use BP.

    The nice thing about WPMU is that you don’t need to let people have their own blogs, so it will work exactly the same as a single user WordPress installation does, but with BuddyPress on top of it.

    I say give it a go, and give yourself a few solid days to get used to how BP works, and you will probably be pretty happy with what you end up with.



    Hey guys thanks for the advise. I am navigating my way through a sea of 404 and 500 errors at the moment but, will power through.



    People keep referring to turning certain components off, but as far as I can tell — by searching these forums and by muddling through the admin — there is no way to just “turn off” blogs so that the blog option disappears. Vanishes. As in there is no clicking on create a blog only to get a “blogs have been disabled” message. That just looks messy and like a mistake.

    Maybe I’m wrong? I’d love it if I am.

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