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  • Hi folks,

    I’m seeking advice here because I’m new to WordPress and I’m currently in the process of setting up a WordPress blog that aims to help NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations) with news, advice, and community connections.

    Now, I’m in a dilemma because I have just discovered Buddypress which it seems may be more suitable to the requirements of the site I’m setting up.

    One of the features I’ve been asked to include is profile pages for each NGO that would like to sign up for the blog. Each NGO would provide a summary of their activities, area, projects and contact details etc. They would also have the option to sign up as a contributor to add their news on the blog. The idea was to use some of the excellent Profile extender plugins for this.

    Now, I’m not a very technical person, which is why I went with WordPress in the first place. So, I’m wondering if I should switch to Buddypress for this blog even though we don’t need all of the Buddypress features. Is Buddypress much more complex to setup and manage?

    Any comments are very welcome!

    All the best,


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  • buddypress is a wordpress plugin, you need WP installed first to use BP

    just install BP like any other plugin….you can turn various features on and off, its not all or nothing.

    Hi Gogi

    You can test-drive BuddyPress as; if you’ve got any further questions, visit us at

    I’m using BuddyPress on one of my sites and although it does have the social networking functionality right out-of-the-box, there’s still a bit of maturation that has to occur.

    The great thing about BuddyPress is that if you’re an experienced WP user, you can hit the ground running. Since you’re new to WP, if a social networking site is what you need, you may want to look at several other platforms as well (e.g. Elgg, Kickapps).



    Volunteer Moderator

    Other alternatives are – free ala Ning before
    – Elgg as @gabeyoung mentioned above is a mature open source social networking app for self-hosted solution – requires PHP5

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