Hope I'm asking these questions in the correct place.......
I've been asked to set up a new website for a nationwide (uk) club with about 500 members. The site must have 2 main purposes; a) to be a shop window to prospective new members, and b) to be a resource and social network for existing members. I need to be able to publicise meetups which take place around the country, some in locations which are already public, and some which we need to keep private. The calendar should be freely visible.
I currently run a wordpress installation of my own on rented server space and have been developing a potential site in a subdomain of that. I understand that buddypress can only run in a root directory.
The club already have a static site on its own server which needs to be kept visible for at least the next couple of months.
My questions are:
a) how can I run buddypress to test drive it?
b) if I end up running wordpress on the clubs server, what are the advantages (and disadvantages) of having a members area in a subdomain rather than individually protecting posts and pages.
All advice welcome !!