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Using Buddypress For Student Athlete Directory, Divided By Sport, With Profiles

  • I am a professional developer, but new to WordPress and Buddypress. Just looking for some general project design guidance from those with experience.

    A client wants to build a student athelete directory for their local school district. The requirements are pretty simple.

    1) Atheletes will be categorized by sport, and then sub-categorized by the position they play at that sport.
    2) They will have simple profiles with biography, playing statistics, pictures, and video(s)
    3) They should be able to register for a profile, pay a small fee, and update their own profile
    4) NO other social functionality needed. No status updates, blogs, private messages, etc… They just need a simple profile they can edit and no more.

    I found a similar site, with the exact same basic functionality (although way more advanced than necessary for my project). Here is an example of a student athlete profile

    Can I do this with Buddypress or is there some other solution that is better for my needs? Any sort of guidance, suggestions, etc would be much appreciated.

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  • techguy


    Seems simple enough. You can disable a lot of the functionality you don’t want in the admin.

    The custom parts will be the profile itself, but you should be able to do this pretty nicely using the xProfile fields without too much custom work on your end. You might also have to build a custom search to search through those profile fields, but there are a number of plugins you can look at to build out that functionality.

    I’d consider using s2member as the payment method for people signing up. That should work for what you want I think.

    As a side note, I’ve created a sports website that teams can use to fundraise called Giving Sports: Athlete profiles is not the core of the site, but each athlete just gets a profile as a means to fundraise for their team. It will be interesting to see how that evolves over time since athlete profiles are valuable and interesting.

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