BuddyPress acts as a Plugin for WordPress, encompassing lots of useful functionalities. Besides its recognised utility, it is also free for everybody and it can also be extended by adding other plugins. Its compatibility with numerous WordPress plugins makes it the favourite choice for social networking developers.
BuddyPress is everything you need for your social network, allowing people to share thoughts, music and videos to friends and family. It is known that in the Internet Age, connections with family and friends are even more accessible and easier by means of social networks. The most well-known social networks are Facebook, LinkedIn, Myspace and Twitter.
A BuddyPress site is similar to Facebook by letting users connect with one another, make new friends and also post in forums. This plugin is recommendable if a website owner is targetting a specific niche, where people having similar passions, hobbies and interests can meet and discuss. Profiles are made up and renewed by users, having the possibility of adding profile photos. Moreover, users can create groups and join groups based on their specific shared interests. Private messaging is also included and what is more, users can be updated about the usual activity taking place on the respective site.
A most welcome feature of BuddyPress is that of allowing users to show off their blogger’s inventivity. So, users create blogposts which are shown on their profile and in the main blog as well. Pages are always changing as people add their own original content.
With BuddyPress, administrators can either choose a free theme or a premium theme. Provided that you have the necessary knowledge and a creative mind, BuddyPress offers the alternative of building a customised theme as well.
A great theme which is appropriate for both community sites and eCommerce sites is called MesoColumn. Its attractiveness comes from the fact that it can be customised and it looks very well on tablets and mobile phones as well.
If you choose Evolve, you can insert your own logo, pick up various colours and Google fonts and a personalised header image. This theme includes one column layout or the grid layout, which is more appropriate if you have a blog. After the free download, you can also purchase premium features such as: WooCommerce integration, numerous sidebars, custom widgets, various shortcodes and many others.
Quest is another theme which includes the feature drag and drop in order to build one single page. It also offers you easy access to customise all the elements that you need, such as: Sections, Sliders, Columns. Various layouts are at your own disposal: you can have one, two, three or more columns, each having a preset size. Beautiful slides help you to catch the attention of your users and the Image Gallery will store your content and let users view it by navigating from one image to the other.
Magazine Basic is wonderful if you need an amazing original design. This theme lets you add your favourite Background, page layout and more. Posts can be separated by their specific types: videos, images, audios, quotes, gallery, links. It works very well either on desktops or tablets.