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Two different types of users that can only view and contact each other

  • dta_madrid


    I’m a complete novice at Buddypress and I have spent a long time on these forums and the codex pages trying to figure out if this is possible…

    (excuse me if this has been repeated elsewhere – please point me in the right direction if it has)

    I’m trying to create a buddypress network for 2 different types of users (volunteers and hosts), each with their own different xprofile fields. I would only like the volunteers to view and contact the hosts and the hosts to view and contact the volunteers.
    I understand there is a great plugin to help part way with this ( buddypress user account type pro).
    This plugin can display different user types (in a filtered member’s directory) in a menu but It cannot hide the volunteer’s member’s directory from a logged-in volunteer and vice versa for the host.

    Does anyone have any other ideas or plugins that may be able to help? Is it possible to set up two different buddypress networks on two different installations / multi-network but be able to view each other’s profiles and message each other once logged in?

    I have very limited knowledge of php. So if it’s a case of changing something here, please can someone point me in the right direction.

    Thank you for your help.

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  • noizeburger


    You can setup a network and use bp-multinetwork (free plugin – search So you have the possibility to setup two different bp-networks with one common userbase. To hide things from logged out users there are a few plugins available (search



    Thanks for your help @noizeburger.
    I think I might be able to use the plugin ‘buddypress user account type’, set each type of user to a member level (s2 member for example) or create somekind of tag for each type and create a conditional menu (with perhaps ‘Menu Item Visibility Control’ plugin or s2member) for each type of user once logged in.
    Each user would then see the link to ‘hosts’ directory or ‘volunteers’ directory depending on which type of use they are.
    The only issue is can I restrict access to the ‘member’s directory’ loop as a whole if someone tried to access this via the url?

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