BuddyPress is an open source social networking software package. It is a plugin that can be installed on WordPress to transform it into a social network platform. BuddyPress is designed to allow schools, companies, sports teams or any other niche community to start their own social network or communication tool.
BuddyPress inherits and extends upon the integral functional elements of the WordPress engine including themes, plugins and widgets. As it is built on WordPress it is written using the same primary technologies, PHP and MySQL.
Key Features include:
- Activity Streams
- User Profiles
- Options to add user profile fields and sections
- Avatar uploads
- Group Creation
- Group discussion forums
- Group logo and Wire
- Friend system
- Bespoke themes
- Blogs per user (via the WordPress engine)
Further Reading & Resources
If you’re starting out with BuddyPress and you need a comprehensive beginner’s guide, you might consider Lisa Sabin-Wilson’s Dummie’s Guide to BuddyPress.
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