BuddyPress features BuddyPress plugin that offers a wide variety of features for your WordPress website. It is free, open source and fully customizable. BuddyPress main function is to greatly improve the ability to build a community in the WordPress site. It will give your site members to create groups and invite their friends the ability to feed inspection activities, create discussion boards and so on. Full list of features can be found on the official website of BuddyPress.

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BuddyPress installation


Friends initial installation by plug in any way from the standard WordPress plugin installation is different. Once you’ve installed it, and enabled your WordPress website also should make some further changes. The following notification will be displayed under your WordPress admin area.


The initial set of BuddyPress

It is wise to choose a BuddyPress compatible theme, and use it for your site. This will ensure that issues relevant to the subject at some point you will encounter. Click on the “install some other compatible themes” link to load the current list of compatible BuddyPress themes available.

Once you have completed the adjustment of the template, it is time to install for the specific settings of your installed BuddyPress. You will see your BuddyPress WordPress admin area under the dashboard just below the new tab.

BuddyPress general settings

Click BuddyPress, you’ll see several subclasses.

General Settings page will allow you to change the basis for installation. You will find that all the options are enabled by default, if you do not particularly want to use certain features, you should disable it. For example, you can choose to hide columns log the user management. This means that, unless a user is logged into WordPress, he will not see the top bar.
Please note that by default, all BuddyPress components are enabled. You can selectively disable any or all of the components. In this case, the BuddyPress installation will still work, but the functionality of persons with disabilities components will no longer be accessible. These can be modified to BuddyPress component settings page.


Through forums settings, you can set the forum for your website through a simple click. Forum BuddyPress to function using bbPress. You have two choices at this point. If you do not have an existing bbPress install, you can perform a new one. Also, if you have installed your WordPress bbPress forum site, you can use it. All you need to do is click the appropriate button.
Installation is fully automatic. Just beside the path you are entering only action required, if you choose the second option, installed in an existing bbPress.

Finally, the field profile settings provide the required functionality to create for your site community members custom profile fields. Depending on the actual theme of your social network, will greatly differ, may be required or optional. In addition, all fields in the first group will be present on the registration page. Field exists in other groups will be as a member of society to create change, once they create an account.