BuddyPress For Dummies
By Lisa Sabin-Wilson
Publisher: Wiley / For Dummies
Final Release Date: January 2010
Pages: 360

Get your buddies together with BuddyPress and create your ownsocial community

Got a cause, a hobby, or some other obsession you can't wait toshare with a like-minded community? BuddyPress is the buddy youneed to get that community started. Here's how to get BuddyPress upand running on your WordPress Web site and use its free tools andthemes to host a social network devoted to your pet projects, righton your site.

  • Full court press — start by obtaining a Web hostingprovider and installing WordPress, then install and configureBuddyPress

  • It's your domain — register your domain name and use FTPto transfer necessary files

  • Member options — explore BuddyPress features for creatingprofiles, avatars, and community friendships

  • Growing with the group — integrate members' blogs, set upmember groups, and add discussion forums with BuddyPress

  • Custom Buddy — expand BuddyPress themes, personalize themwith CSS, and learn how to create your own

  • It's on the wire — promote community interaction throughwire postings for individuals or groups

  • Gather the gang — integrate Twitter®, Facebook®,Flickr®, YouTube®, and other social media into yourcommunity

  • Go farther — discover third-party plugins that add moreoptions

Open the book and find:

  • Cool things you can do with a BuddyPress site

  • Requirements for a hosting environment

  • Where to find and download free themes

  • What you can do with widgets

  • Ways for members to create and manage their own forums

  • How member avatars are used

  • Tips on using member group features

  • Ten BuddyPress sites to check out

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