For this edition of WordPress Wednesday, I want to share with you a great membership plugin called BuddyPress. Perhaps if you have been using WordPress for a number of years, you’ve heard of the term, BuddyPress, because it sounds so much like WordPress. I had heard about it back a couple of years ago, but I never took the time to research and use the plugin until recently. I don’t believe most novice WordPress users realize it exists. To me, it’s the best-kept secret when you want to build a membership community. Did I mention it’s a free plugin? Granted it does not have the multi-level privacy or drip-campaign that WP Wishlist or Digital Access Pass, but you can get a lot of functionality for free.
BuddyPress was built to bring people together in a social community. Just like WordPress, it a open source project. It works great for people wanting to connect and communicate that have similar interests. That is why I highly recommend it for creating a membership community, whether it be a free membership or a paid membership.
Here is an example of how I use the BuddyPress membership community for bringing together WordPress training students. You can click on the screenshot below and it will take you to my BP WordPress student member site.
Here are just a few of the features that you can get from using the BuddyPress plugin:
- Multiple activity streams with a single-stream view
- Unlimited user groups with custom public or private access to these groups
- Multi-site blogging capability
- Friend connection functionality (much like Facebook)
- Discussion forum module for each group set up
- Extended profile module available
- Private messaging to friends
And below are a few resource links to visit and do your homework on using BuddyPress if you choose to build or host a membership site. Note: There are some themes that are BuddyPress-compatible. The Builder themes by iThemes.com is one example of compatibility. Another theme set that is compatible with BuddyPress is Headway Themes.
BUDDYPRESS THEME RESOURCE SITES
BUDDYPRESS PLUGINS & ADD-ON PLUGINS
BuddyPress Group Documents
BuddyPress Group Email Subscription
If you have any questions or comments you want to add about using BuddyPress, please feel free to leave one in the Reply box below. I’m happy to answer back. Or if you are interested in having me build your BuddyPress membership site, you can check out my design build plan HERE.