• We are almost in 2023 and this plugin doesn’t follow none of the modern trends in terms of design and features. The core functions are below average, the standard design of the plugin is awful, looks like a plugin built in the mid 2000s like the designs we used to see in 2006/2007. The plugin is very primitive, there are no reshare options for status, no likes for post but a weird star that doesn’t even gets notified to another user. Then why the hell the plugin doesn’t support medias by default? You need toooo many plugin just to add some small simple things that should be inside the plugin by default, like also live notifications. I’ve been using Buddypress for years and my conclusion is that this plugin has been built only to make you pay for everything and make everything super complex, this plugin is not really customer friendly and it’s not a nice choice to create a social network based platform, and if you want a decent social network prepare yourself to install 40+ plugins only for buddypress.

    • This topic was modified 1 year, 7 months ago by frvncesko.
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  • Plugin Author Mathieu Viet


    Hi @frvncesko

    Thanks a lot for sharing your review. About design, I must say that’s not my cup of tea, but if you have ideas about how we can improve it to make it look more “up to date”, I’ll be very happy to help these be available into the plugin’s templates/layouts. Don’t hesitate to share your detailed thoughts opening a ticket on our Trac environment.

    I’d like to have more inputs when you say “core functions are below average”, what do you mean? Are you talking about bundled features or about something more relative to code used in functions of the Core component? Could you elaborate a bit?

    About the “all in” approach, this is something we actually wonder about inside the development team. Personally I’m in favor of reducing the plugin size as much as we can to only keep very basic features in Core and move other features (like the one we are hardly working on for community media) into Add-on plugins. I believe to best suit anyone needs, the more granular approach we take, the best it is. The idea is to make these add-ons easily installable thanks to the “BuddyPress Add-ons” tab we added to the Plugins/add Administration screen. IMHO, this approach could also benefit to third party plugin authors as some of them don’t see with a good eye us to include features they may have been building businesses on. Users would keep the choice to use BuddyPress team maintained plugins or third party plugins.

    this plugin has been built only to make you pay for everything and make everything super complex


    I strongly disagree with your statement. I know we all, inside the BuddyPress core team, care about being good citizens of the open source as well as make things as easy as we can for theme/plugin authors and end users. The fact some features are only available thanks to business organizations is not something we are favoring in any way.

    Thread Starter frvncesko


    Hello @imath

    First of all, thank your for your reply

    What i was trying to say for the design is simple, kindly watch what Youtube, Facebook and other social media have done to their sites, they have completely changed the CSS of the website to the modern design style of these days, this switch on BP has never happened.

    BP really needs to be restored in terms of design and adapt itself to modern days themes, otherwise it will be like using a plugin from 2010 with themes from 2023… and it’s not only me saying this, just take a look at other reviews. Any modern website is now using round corners, modern icons, bold cool fonts etc. obviously we developers could change the CSS manually, but my suggestion is that the BP team should do this by default also for newbie and people not very familiar with coding. We don’t want to rely on Buddyboss and other BP companies for the modern design and standard features that any social media nowadays has, we want it from the core BP plugin.

    Something like that for the BP blocks and default pages would be amazing

    For the “core” yes i was trying to say that the basic standalone version of BP it’s actually too basic, don’t get me wrong.. the plugin itself is useful, it let’s you create a social media, but a very primitive one. BP really need to stay up to date also in terms of core features and to minimalize a lot of things, the plugin should have medias uploads by default without relying on other plugins like media press anymore, should have likes instead of the star for better interaction and possibly get the likes notified to the users, should have a reshare button in the facebook style and should have hashtags possibly. Additionally I think that also the user profile page should be more inuitive, it has too many sections in one single bar that makes it bad looking and confusive, maybe grouping all of them in a side menu including the settings would be better

    The messaging system also I think could be better, excuse me but the chat design is awful, also they are not in real time… an ajax integration for messages would be amazing too. BP has a lot of potential but feels like it’s in a certain inital stage, even if it’s 10 years old. I think the team is not putting effort in the plugin like they used to do when they firstly released the plugin.

    If this is asking for too much, im down to consider to start to pay for a premium BP plan for certain features and have an amazing modern social network on my website, it’s better a premium plan than having a freemium plugin stopped in the mid 2000’s. (freemium considering third part devs)

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