January 6, 2013 at 11:30 pm #10067
I just took a test drive of buddypress, and I was a bit abashed at how generic it seemed. I don’t know nor could I ascertain all the features of the plugin just from perusing the test drive, but it just seemed a bit common and “forum-like”. Does anyone have anything that they could share with me in their use of buddypress that might help me to see a different perspective? There were reviews on the plugin page that were encouraging, but then I looked at the sites the reviewers were sporting, and I wasn’t impressed. So far, I am very impressed with the work I see being done in the showcases here on this site. Anyway, help if you care to or if you can.
If anyone has an example of work they have completed, I would be forever grateful for some links and a chance to view something more substantial.January 7, 2013 at 6:39 am #10095
It really depends on what you are trying to accomplish. Two LIVE sites that I know of whose creators are on this forum are:
Is this your first try at building some sort of social networking website? Do you have one right now? What features are you trying to achieve.January 9, 2013 at 12:42 am #10623This reply has been marked as private.January 9, 2013 at 1:01 am #10624This reply has been marked as private.January 22, 2013 at 8:26 am #13701
Have you found any Studiopress/Buddypress sites that really knocked you out yet? I’m in the same situation that you are. I have one site that has an old phpBB board that needs to be changed to WordPress, and a super busy site that needs a full upgrade to a great new theme and Buddypress combination.
I’ve used Studiopress exclusively for years but I find myself looking at other premium themes now. Maybe there’s a Studiopress theme that is specifically designed for Buddypress but I haven’t found it yet. All suggestions are welcome! Thanks.
BryanJanuary 22, 2013 at 9:08 am #13703
There isn’t one particular theme that has been developed for Buddypress, however I and a few others have been using the Outreach theme. There’s a few kinks but you can get it to work by searching the forum area for Outreach and Buddypress. You will need to install the GenesisConnect plugin (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/genesis-connect-for-buddypress/) to assist you with properly formatting the pages.January 23, 2013 at 6:19 am #14029
Do you (or anyone else) have a URL that I can look at? Thanks for the info, I really appreciate it! Changing a site to Buddypress is a major decision so I just want to make sure I know what I’m getting into.January 23, 2013 at 9:41 am #14051
I listed two URL’s above in previous comments. Take a look at those. The one thing to keep in mind is that phpBB is just a forum board. Buddypress is more of a social network platform that you can integrate a forum board into. The forum that integrates the best without issues is BBpress.org, however I personally don’t care for BBpress. Maybe I need to give it more time, I don’t know. But you really want to set up a demo site and develop your new site, work out the kinds and play around with it. You’ll have much more to monitor with a social networking platform than just a forum board. Email me on my website if you need help.January 23, 2013 at 11:01 pm #14242
Yes, I want to get away from the message board concept and replace with a social network environment. Thanks for the info.February 3, 2013 at 4:46 am #17580
Hi, I’m editor of xpat.no. I’ve found BuddyPress easy to setup and use, if you know your way around CSS then you can create a very unique look.
You can’t just build a thriving community from scratch, whatever system you use. So, I’ve kept things simple so far by focusing on a bbPress install with BuddyPress to manage registration and user profiles. I may or may not move the site from a forum to social network, it depends on what the community wants as it grows. There’s nothing worse than an empty social network!
As for Genesis, I’ve found it plays reasonably well with BuddyPress via the Genesis Connect widget. The forthcoming release of BuddyPress (v1.7) is designed to work better with any theme. The integration with bbPress has also improved lately.
I am NOT an expert in WordPress, bbPress or BuddyPress, I’m not a coder, and I’m not a designer – but I’ve managed to get a half-decent site together.
Good luck!February 3, 2013 at 5:02 am #17581
ooberdave, I just visited your site and it’s almost exactly what I’ve been thinking about doing. I am very impressed! I’m hoping to add Buddypress to one of my sites and studying what you’ve done will help a lot. Thanks for sharing the link! Great job.
BryanFebruary 3, 2013 at 5:27 am #17583
Thanks! Happy to chat further, just shoot me a mail from the contact form on the website.
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