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"Site Feed" and "Member Feed" (4 posts)

  1. cspowers
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Greetings,

    I am still very much a newbie to WordPress so please forgive me if the answer to this is blindingly obvious.

    I'm developing a site that will contain both "site" content which is written by subject matter experts in the site's niche. The site will also be using buddypress to let end users, non-SMEs login and make posts as well.

    On the home page of the site, I'd like a posts page that shows only the content written by the site SMES. This is what I'd call "the site feed". Then someplace else on the site, I'd like to have a posts page which contains all the end-user, non-SME content, which I'd call "the member feed".

    My original plan had been to have a set of categories and restrict members to a certain subset of the categories reserved for them. But a) the more I read about categories the more I wonder if that's the right thing to do and b) even if it is, I don't know how to allow members to use only a certain subset of the categories. So now I'm thinking there's probably a better way to approach this.

    Any suggestions?

  2. @mercime
    Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi cspowers. Are you staying on single WP install or are you going multisite (create a network) and allow non-SME's to create their own blogs? Different approaches for different kind of installations, but yes "Site Feeds" and "Member Feeds" do-able.

    For more BuddyPress assistance, it would be better if you post at the BuddyPress Forums - http://buddypress.org/community/groups/how-to-and-troubleshooting/forum/
    log in using same username and password used here at WP.org forums.

    BP Codex:
    http://codex.buddypress.org/home/
    http://codex.buddypress.org/getting-started/before-installing/

  3. cspowers
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    @mercime Thanks for the pointers to buddypress forums.

    In my mind, everything is done on a single WP install, but I want a clean separate between viewing the SME produced content and member produced content. The SME content will e free and open to the public. The member content will only be available to people with paid memberships.

    I did a little more reading. I've been reading _WordPress 3 Complete_ and my current game plan is to design into my theme a new content type called Member-Post which will effectively clone the Post Content Type. I'll also design a couple of custom taxonomies for categories and tags to be used with the new Member-Post type.

    If I do that, I should be able to have one page for SMEs (who use the normal "Post" content type and one page for Members (who use the Member-Post content type).

    Does that sound like the right approach?

    Once I have all that set up and working, I need to find a way to limit access to the Members only content. But there seem to be bunches of plugins that do that sort of thing. I haven't tried any of them yet, but I am leaning either to WP-Member (free) or WishList Member (paid.)

  4. @mercime
    Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Looks like a good plan. The harder part would be making it work with BuddyPress.

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