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BuddyPress Groups for bbPress

Enable BuddyPress group forum features in bbPress including group forum moderation.

How It Works

bpGroups relies on two plugins by ck to create the read only and hidden features for all bp groups in bbPress.

XMLRPC is used to communicate with your bp site. The same mechanism BuddyPress uses to implement group forums. You don't need 'deep integration' to run this. The only integration between bbPress and WordPress MU is basic user integration.

You must initially import all the bp groups and group users. There is a back end admin form in bbPress that allows this. The import talks to bp and asks for all groups that have forums enabled. It pulls this and the group users across to bbPress and creates meta data for each group and each group user. The meta data is used to configure the forums for privacy and access restriciton. The user meta data contains information about each group user, such as the forums they belong to and if they are considered 'staff' in the group.

On every page load bpGroups loads meta data information for all bbPress forums. bpGroups dynamically configures the read-only-forums and hidden-forums plugins for all forums that have the required bpGroups meta data. It also gets meta data for the currently logged in user. If the user is a member of a group then they are given access to that group forum.

If a group member is an administrator or moderator of a group, they will have moderation rights in bbPress for that forum.

Once the initial import of group information is done then we rely on periodic communication with bp to keep the forum and user meta data updated. These updates are triggered by actions in bp that relate to changes in groups and users. bpGroups hooks a variety of bp actions and responds to changes by using XMLRPC to send new or updated information to bbPress.

The following events are hooked in bp and cause updated configuration info to be sent to bbPress:

Group events:

'groups_new_group_forum' 'groups_details_updated' 'groups_group_avatar_edited'

User events:

'groups_join_group' 'groups_leave_group' 'groups_promoted_member' 'groups_demoted_member' 'groups_banned_member' 'groups_unbanned_member' 'groups_accept_invite' 'groups_membership_accepted' 'bp_core_delete_avatar' 'bp_core_avatar_save' 'xprofile_updated_profile'

bbPress also talks to bp whenever a new group forum topic or post is created in bbPress. This updates the sitewide activity in bp.

bbPress events:


That action is hooked in bpGroups for new topic and post creation.


hidden-forums.php read-only-forums.php

These are plugins that have been created by ck and they implement the restrictions needed for group forum functionality in bbPress. These plugins run without modification and are distributed with bpGroups as a convenience. Thank you ck.


This plugin acts as both a client and a server in wpmu for XMLRPC. It responds to requests from the bbPress side for group and user information. It lives on the bp/mu side.


This lives on the bbPress side and acts as both a XMLRPC client and server. It talks to bp and configures the reaonly and hidden forum plugins.


Template tags that you can include in your bbpress theme that take advantage of the data being transferred from bp. Explained below.

This is the current data being pulled from bp for use in bbPress:


array( 'id' => (int)$group->id, 'name' => $group->name, 'slug' => $group->slug, 'description' => $group->description, 'status' => $group->status, 'enable_forum' => $group->enable_forum, 'avatar_thumb' => $group->avatar_thumb, 'admins' => oci_make_good_admins($group->id), // user ids for group admins and mods 'forum_id' => (int)groups_get_groupmeta($group->id,'forum_id') );


array( 'id' => (int)$user->id, 'avatar_thumb' => $user->avatar_thumb, 'fullname' => $user->fullname, 'email' => $user->email, 'user_url' => $user->user_url, 'users_forums' => $users_group_info['forum_ids'], 'user_is_staff' => $users_group_info['staff_ids'] 'xprofile_groupname_fieldname' => all xprofile data for the user );

These are some of the template functions that I have so far for use in bbpress themes:

oci_xprofile_field_value() - returns xprofile field by user, xprofile group, field name oci_xprofile_field() - returns the full array of field data: groupname, fieldname, field value, field type oci_is_users_forum() - is the current $forum obj a user forum? oci_user_avatar() - returns the user's bp avatar oci_user_link() - link to the user's profile page in bp oci_is_group_forum() - is the current $forum obj a bp group forum? oci_group_avatar() - returns the bp group avatar oci_group_link() - link to the bp group home page oci_group_name() - returns the name of the bp group oci_group_description() - that too oci_get_group_staff() - returns the user ids for group admins and mods

If you'd like to see other info flowing back and forth between bbPress and bp let me know on the bp forums or my site. For a demo of bpGroups in action go to:


The usernames ocitest1, ocitest2 and hellome are active and available.

The passwords are the same as the usernames. They all belong to various groups in bp and have different capabilities in different forums.

Have fun. Do good. Burt

Requires: 2.7 or higher
Compatible up to: 2.7.1
Last Updated: 8 years ago
Active Installs: Less than 10


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