WP and BuddyPress(WPMU)
My friend and I run a local community website for our city and would love to add BuddyPress functionality for our readers. The first snag we’ll come across is that we’re using WordPress 2.7 (not MU) so we’re left with two choices: 1) Switch to WPMU/BP or 2) Install WPMU/BP in a subdirectory.
My first question is this: Am I right about our two choices above?
My second question is: Does anyone have a suggestion as to which route we should take? My concerns with switching completely to WPMU are: We have over 1000 posts, a dozen authors, thousands of comments, a few dozen pages and some advertisers that are very used to things being the way they currently are in terms of our theme, layout, etc. I’m also slightly concerned about the many plugins we have and whether or not things would smoothly translate. Plus, it seems like a TON of work to switch to a brand new install since our site has been around a while and has a lot of content.
The only drawback we have with installing WPMU/BP in a subdirectory is that we’d lose the ability to pull in BP features onto the homepage of our current site such as recent blog activity, avatars, etc. Is that correct or is there some way for the two to communicate even if on separate installs? I don’t know a whole lot about database structure and whether or not two installs could share a database and/or effectively communicate with each other.
Thanks so very much in advance to anyone who can respond.
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