Run your own social network

BuddyPress is an open source social networking software package owned by Automattic since 2008. It is a plugin that can be installed on WordPress to transform it into a social network platform. BuddyPress is designed to allow schools, companies, sports teams, or any other niche community to start their own social network or communication tool.

BuddyPress inherits and extends upon the integral functional elements of the WordPress engine including themes, plugins, and widgets. As it is built on WordPress it is written using the same primary technologies, PHP and MySQL.

BuddyPress has a range of features that will allow the creation of a social network application. However, based on one’s interest, can start with a couple of features and simply turn off unneeded features.

The basic installed system offers:

  • Activity Streams
  • User Profiles
  • Options to add user profile fields and sections
  • Avatar uploads
  • Groups Creation
  • Groups discussion forums
  • Group logo and WireFriend system
  • Messaging
  • Custom themes
  • Blogs per user (via the WordPress engine)

Group discussion forums are provided by the integration of the popular GPL forum software bbPress. With 1.1 versions and above, bbPress is seamlessly integrated within BuddyPress allowing for single sign-on and one click forum integration.

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