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Steps to Integrate Buddypress with WordPress Multi-sites

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when you opt for a multi site WordPress Development, you get an option of converting a regular looking WordPress blog into an amazing network of blogs, managed by a single admin back end process. Though it was previously a random feature to include the option of multi site WordPress blog, now it has been included into the core feature and opting for WordPress and allows you to run and manage several blogs simultaneously.

Buddypress has taken the entire scenario of WordPress Multi-user a step further and allows you to increase the community feel of the WordPress installation. With integrating Buddypress along with the MU WordPress Development as the back end process, it is now possible to build an interactive and active social network. All you have to do is to first install WordPress Multi User and then integrate it with Buddypress.

Getting started with the WordPress Multi-site –

With the launch of WordPress 3.0, multi site is now a part of the WordPress installation process. WordPress multi site install is imperative for working with Buddypress, otherwise Buddypress won’t work. Discussed below are the ways to activate WordPress multi site.

Create WordPress BackUp

In order to activate WordPress multi site in the current WordPress powered web application that you are using, it is mandatory for you to create the back up as the installation of WordPress MU requires you to temper with the core files. In order to protect any sort of loss of file or information, it is required that you create a back up of existing WordPress file. You can use the Export tool provided in the admin back end to achieve the same.
(Tool > Export) besides, you can also access the step by step tutorial for WordPress back up.

Allow WordPress Multisite –

In order to integrate Buddypress it is important that you allow the multi site option while installing WordPress. To do the same, open the wp-config.php file. Place the wp-config.php in the root directory during the installation process.
And now, just by adding a line of code, would give us what we have been looking for. /* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */:?
1 define(‘WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE’, true);
In context:
define(‘WP_DEBUG’, false);
define(‘WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE’, true);
/* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */

One can also confirm the installation of WordPress MU after the installation process, by just visiting the back end of WordPress admin and checking under “Tools > Network”. Easy.

“Wildcard Subdomains” stands for?

In case you have gone through any of the tutorial or study materials on the subject, you must have stumbled upon the implications of subdomain wildcards while attempting to setup WPMU. The basic idea behind attempting for a multi user WordPress site, is to be able to host multiple blogs on a singular WordPress development platform. For the same purpose, one blog could be the so called parent blog of the multiple domains and the other blogs could be sub domains.
The role of wildcard subdomain is significant because a WordPress multi users is suppose to automatically set up the sub-domains and the WordPress development has to work around the entire hosting and server settings to create the same.The installation of Buddypress hence forth discards the use of sub domains and you need not use the same in order to integrate Buddypress. All that is required for Buddypress to work effectively is WP multi user installation.

Getting started with Buddypress –

In order to get started with the Buddypress, the primary step is to install Buddypress. With the installation of WordPress MU, installing Buddypress is like installing any other WordPress plugin, for the simple reason that Buddypress is a plugin. All you have to do is hop to the Plugins section, select add new and search for Buddypress. By the way, you need not search that far, as Buddypress will be amongst the first options to pop up.  After the installation, activate the same, right away.

Themes for Buddypress –

It is important for you to get an access to the down right Buddypress plug ins, if you wish to get an access of all the features WordPress multi site and Buddypress has to offer, you can not do the same from the current existing WordPress theme and need to make the transition towards the Buddypress theme.

The simple installation of Buddypress will provide you with the default Buddypress theme automatically with the installation and in order to have a new Buddypress theme installed and live in action go to “Appearance > Themes” and activate the Buddypress default theme.

The moment you get back to the live site, you will see the new Buddypress theme enabled site live in action. You can further adjust the pages, categories, widgets and all the other features of the WordPress in order to go with the current Buddypress integrated website.

Create a Buddypress theme of your own: –

creating a Buddypress theme of your own, I order to adequately go with the design and the feel of what your Buddypress integrated WordPress multi user site stands for, is very easy for a WordPress Developer. One basic difference, after the installation of Buddypress along with the WordPress Development is that the themes will no longer be located in the typical wp-content / themes directory but right after the installation, they will be located in the plugins / buddypress / bp-themes. If you are a learning and curious WordPress Developer, you can start experimenting with the source code of the default Buddypress theme.

As an individual or a corporate organization who has opt for Buddypress integration with the WordPress multi site, you may hire professional WordPress Developers to carry out the same task. A professional intervention will ensure that the final output is customized and developed as per your business needs and without any glitches.

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Varun Bhagat is a technology geek and works in PixelCrayons as a Sr. Technology Consultant. He possesses in-depth knowledge of different web development technology and helps our clients to choose the best technology as per their needs.

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