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Using Buddypress messaging in a unique way

  • sparkingproducts


    hey guys,

    I’m making a two way messaging system where a staff member can contact any user inside wordpress, but the other party can only contact the staff member assigned to them. The assignment is done manually by storing the ID of the staff member in the user’s user meta.

    I’d like to utilize buddypress for it’s awesome private messaging system just tweak it slightly:

    1. only allow members with the subscriber role to contact the assigned staff member.

    2. allow staff member role to contact anyone in the system.

    3. remove friends functionality for everyone.

    4. I need the subscribers template the page is viewed through to look completely different then the staff member’s view.

    This is fairly ambitious but I’m confident with the awesome flexibility BP has we can get it done. Any pointers or tips or code is greatly appreciated!

    Thanks in advance,

    ~ Brad

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  • Renato Alves


    Here are some suggestions and ideas:

    1. and 2. Here you would configure a bit to make the roles do whatever you want when you want it.

    3. It is possible to remove it and activate only the messaging component.

    4. Today this is easy with the Theme Compatibility and Template Files (



    thanks renalto, this encourages me a lot in effect that it is doable! If you or anyone else could assist the process. For 1 and 2 for example, I don’t know how I would go about configuring these for buddypress and the documentation looks unfinished.

    Could you explain how to deactivate the friends component? Really what I want to do is hide it, prepopulate their friends for them, and then limit them to only be able to message their friends.

    I’ll work on #4 with the data you gave me, thank you!

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