Blog to all my Buddpress users (10 posts)

  1. blogsabout
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hello there

    I have set up a buddypress powered wordpress site.
    I'm giving my users the standard bp features but would also love to give them a blog.

    can it be done automatically, so when user register they also get a tab with "blog" or something similar?
    I'm not sure how this work, I read through some of the technical setup details.
    I'm a but confused how to set this up and how to go about this.

    Some direction or hint would be much appreciated.


  2. It can be done, but you have to enable multisite.

  3. blogsabout
    Posted 5 years ago #

    If I enable multisite will it automatically give my user a blog?
    And how does it work with buddypress?

    Thanks Andrew.

    PS:seems pretty complicated enabling multisite.

  4. WebTrooper
    Posted 5 years ago #

    As best I can tell, MultiSite does not actually create a blog for each user. Rather, network admin can allow users to create unlimited blogs (sites), but cannot limit them to one site. WP MultiSite definitely does not automatically create a blog for each new user.

    Registration is disabled.
    User accounts may be registered.
    Logged in users may register new sites.
    Both sites and user accounts can be registered.

    I'm currently searching through the available plugins to see if anything is available that will automate creating a blog for each new user, but it's not an easy thing to search for. Search terms like "automate, user and blog" turn up hundreds of results, so lots of sifting to go through them all. I'll post back if I find anything.

    By the way, wpmudev.org (EXPENSIVE!!) used to have such a plugin, but doesn't seem to be available any more.

  5. Both sites and user accounts can be registered.

    That one will. Have you tried it? Sure, people can opt not to, but you could use CSS to force it to be always checked and hide the option to uncheck.

  6. WebTrooper
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Haven't actually tried it, but I will now :)

    The CSS editing may be a little beyond my skill level, but that's never stopped me from trying. Any suggestions on how to accomplish that?

    I'm discussing this same topic over at wpmudev.com forums and it was suggested I could use their Membership plugin to limit users to one blog each.

  7. I've never used WPMUDev's stuff, though I'll point this out. Since they're behind a paywall, there's really no way the free forums here can help you if their stuff goes pear shaped. We aways send you back there, since we're all of the opinion that if you're PAYING for something, they bloody well ought to support you.

    As for CSS, set up the Both sites/users option and crack open a second browser. IIRC Chrome and Firefox and Safari can all 'inspect element' to tell you what CSS calls are being made. Then you just hide the stuff you don't want folks to see with display:none

    I can't remember if the 'create a site' option is checked by default or not.

  8. WebTrooper
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks Ipstenu, that worked like a charm. The "Gimme a site" option is indeed checked by default, so I just hid it as you described.

    I wasn't looking for support here, for wpmudev's plugin, but just making reference to my having used it some time ago. I've been jumping between this and their forums trying to work this out. Actually, they do "bloody well" provide excellent support. In fact, they pointed out that the plugin is not theirs, but rather a free plugin that can be found right here.


    So between hiding the selections as you describe, and using the above plugin, it's pretty easy to force sign-ups for single blogs only.

    Once I had that set up, I did a test sign-up, only to discover the second step in the sign-up process includes choosing a URL for their newly created blog. But the text field is already filled with the username they created, so to prevent them from changing it I simply hid that option by adding class="hidden" and let the CSS take care of it.

    Thanks again for all your help. :)

  9. You'll find the view here of WPMUDev is a mixed bag. I just draw the line on purchased products ;) If you paid for something, you go THERE for help first. Since you're pretty much paying for the support, I refuse to take money from people that way.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/limit-blogs-per-user/ is a great plugin :D

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