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BuddyPress helps you build any type of community website using WordPress, with member profiles, activity streams, user groups, messaging, and more.

9 reviews
Average Rating
4.3 out of 5 stars
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I used to have it in my website long time ago. And never to install it again because of some difficult to modify for the custom theme.

By , for WP 4.3.1


More than a plugin : an evolution of WordPress
By , for WP 4.2.1

For me BuddyPress must be another CMS like WordPress instead of a plugin.
It's a nice plugin to have a community but it's heavy !

very good
By , for WP 4.0

this plugin is the best

Great but could be so much more
By , for WP 3.9.1

There are alot of things about BuddyPress, that I love and I hope WordPress/Automattic continues to support it.

It's difficult to try to get support for this since the support forum takes you to the BuddPress site which requires a different kind of registration yet says it works with the WordPress.org registration (but I obviously can't post there since it won't let me log in).

It would be great (and relatively easy) to enable some kind of SEO in BuddyPress or at least some kind of documentation. But it doesn't appear to be there, which is kind of a big deal. If WordPress itself can have SEO, why can't BuddyPress have at least some documentation on the topic to explain that it either needs plugins or doesn't? This is something I haven't been able to find any clarity on anywhere.

Secondly, being able to log into a support forum to ask and participate would be nice as well. I'll try a new registration and see if that allows me to ask questions there, but it hasn't worked so far with any other accounts.

After using BuddyPress several times on different sites, I know there is no way to set it up in less than a few days due to all the glitches and issues that will arise; such as the inability to block spam effectively, the lack of a captcha that works reliably, the fact that the Register page often will not show up in installations, and the fact that sites need to be redesigned often to accommodate the huge amount of widget space needed. So there's nothing better yet for WordPress forums and the development for BuddyPress seems pretty much bent on just maintaining it at this point....so it is what it is. Forums and WordPress should go together like peanut butter and jelly, but they instead go together like peanut butter and popcorn; it's rough, tough to swallow and digest, but could work in some situations where you have alot of time and patience to set it up and then to troubleshoot the massive amount of spam and glitches that will arise.

It would be better if it had good instrctions
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I guess I can stumble into everything, but it sure would be GREAT if someone would spend time WALKING PEOPLE THROUGH how it works. How do I "invite" users on my WordPress blog to join or become friends? No clue. No instructions. Just assumptions. That's the problem with Geeks. They love to create plugins but no one knows how to write -- which is kind of ironic since BLOGGING IS ABOUT WRITING! I'll keep it for a while before deactivating. It happens to too many great ideas that just don't work in the real world.

Over rated?
By , for WP 3.6.1

With approximately 591 ratings of which 115 or almost 20% are one star - one has to wonder how many NO stars there might be were there such a rating option.

I'd like to understand why are at least 1 in 5 peeps not happy with buddy press?

That's more than just a few.

bbpress has less than 10% one star rating

Activity Stream PopUp Driving Me Nuts, Features Not That Hot
By , for WP 3.4.2

I'm using this with Commons in a Box. Though the Activity Stream could be helpful, I can't find any way to turn off the annoying "Looks like this is the first time using the Activity Stream etc" pop up.

I can't log in on Buddypress with my WP info for some reason so I can't ask anything about it there. Would be nice to be able to post to support from here.

By , for WP 3.5

Generally very excited by the idea BUT There seems to be no way of closing access to anyone that wants to become a member - so its completely open to anyone that wants to register and set up a group on MY blog!? Nuts. The only way I can see to get around this is to stop anyone registering - which is also nuts..

Basically, great idea - not enough setting options.

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