You are planning to build a community/social network? if YES, here is your solution: WordPress + BuddyPress + BBpress
“WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.
The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.”
Official website: http://wordpress.org/
Might be you think WordPress is for bloggers only. BUT NOT anymore, WordPress is most powerful web software nowaday, you can customize WordPress for most of your projects. Fully customize and have alot plugins.
“bbPress is forum software with a twist from the creators of WordPress. Create a simple and engaging community to compliment your WordPress powered website or blog.
Have you ever been frustrated with forum or bulletin board software that was slow, bloated and always got your server hacked? bbPress is focused on web standards, ease of use, ease of integration, and speed.
We’re keeping things as small and light as possible while still allowing for great add on features through WordPress’s extensive plugin system. bbPress is lean, mean and ready to take on any job you throw at it.”
Official website: http://bbpress.org/
“Social networking, in a box. Everything you need to start your own self-hosted and WordPress-powered social network!”
Yes, just a short description but try it and you will see how great its.
If you choose BuddyPress, i would like to recommend you some plugins for Buddypress:
– BuddyPress Moderation: Plugin for moderation of buddypress communities, it adds a ‘report this’ link to every content so members can help admin finding inappropriate content.
– Achievements: Achievements gives your BuddyPress community fresh impetus by promoting and rewarding social interaction with challenges, badges and points.
– BuddyPress reCAPTCHA: This plugin utilizes reCAPTCHA to help your blog stay clear of spam-registrations.
– BuddyPress Activity Stream Bump to Top: Bumps an activity record to the top of the stream on activity comment replies
– BuddyPress Follow: Allow your site members to follow other members’ activity.
– BuddyPress Forum Topic Mover: This BuddyPress component is created to help admins and moderators move topics to an appropriate group forum.
– BuddyPress Frontend Admin:Component to bring backend admin options to the frontend.
– BuddyPress Group Email Subscription: Allows group members to receive email notifications for group activity and forum posts instantly or as daily digest or weekly summary.
– BuddyPress Group for Community Admins and Mods: Auto manage a private group for all community group adminstrators and moderators
– BuddyPress Like: Gives users the ability to ‘like’ content across your BuddyPress enabled site.
– BuddyPress Member Profile Stats: Adds a few basic count stats and per day avg under member’s profile
– BuddyPress Ninja: Site admins can use stealth mode to hide their last activity.
– BuddyPress Private Messages for Followers Only: Allow members to send private messages only if the recipient is following them. Requires the BuddyPress Followers plugin.
– BuddyPress Profile Privacy: Allows users to hide profile sections and “permissions” to be set for xprofile fields.
– CubePoints: CubePoints is a point management system designed for WordPress blogs. Users can earn points by posting comments on your site.
– CubePoints Buddypress Integration: Adds CubePoints support to Buddypress. Reward members using your BuddyPress portion of your website by giving them points and awards!
More and more plugins for Buddypress: you can easily find them. Go to your Dashboard > Plugins > Add News > Search for “BuddyPress” > Can you install all of them ? ;))
Written on 12 April 2012