Do you run a WordPress community site on BuddyPress? Are you looking to create the best social network on BuddyPress? If so, you’re in the right place.
BuddyPress is one of the best community plugins for WordPress. It’s a great solution for social networks, intranets, online communities, teams, and groups.
The platform is powerful but incredibly easy you should create any community site in a jiffy. Still, like any other system, BuddyPress has its limitations, which can prevent your site from flourishing.
What to do?
Luckily for you, there are a ton of powerful BuddyPress plugins and add-ons to take your community to the next level.
And in today’s post, we point you towards BuddyPress Community Bundle by Wbcom Designs. Basically, the bundle is simply a collection of 13 fantastic add-ons to supercharge your BuddyPress site.
We shall go over the add-ons briefly and find out what you can achieve. Without wasting another second, let us dive in.
What is BuddyPress Community Bundle?
As we mentioned a few lines earlier, BuddyPress Community Bundle is a collection of premium add-ons for your BuddyPress site.
It’s not a standalone plugin, but 13 skillfully made BuddyPress plugins to extend the functionality of your WordPress community site without breaking a sweat. The bundle allows you to add extra features such as hashtags, sticky posts, quotes, polls, and much more to your BuddyPress community site.
Do you use BuddyBoss instead of BuddyPress? If so, you will be glad to learn that the BuddyPress Community Bundle is compatible with the latest version of BuddyBoss.
Alongside the add-ons, it’s nice to mention their BuddyX Pro theme. It’s a fabulous WordPress community theme perfect for all BuddyPress and BuddyBoss websites.
Do you want to jazz up your WordPress community website? If that’s a yes, I have a feeling the BuddyPress Community Bundle will impress you.
Now that we know what we are working with, what’s actually included in the BuddyPress Community Bundle? Let us go over some BuddyPress add-ons briefly.
Once you install and activate the BuddyPress Community Bundle, it will add a new item to your WordPress admin menu. You can set up the entire thing from said menu item:
That out of the way, let us start.
BuddyPress Private Community Pro
All BuddyPress member profiles are public by default. That means the profiles are accessible to logged-out users and can be indexed by Google.
The BuddyPress Private Community Pro add-on allows you to offer users more control over privacy. You can set the areas of your community that are accessible to logged-out/in users.
Users can also control who can view their profiles and send them private messages. It’s a great add-on to stay on top of things as far as privacy on your site goes.
They also threw in a fun feature – a profile progress bar that encourages users to complete their profiles.
Polls and quizzes are a fantastic way of boosting engagement on your community site. It’s an excellent way to get people congregating around a specific topic and sharing their opinion. It’s precisely why polls are also great for surveys.
If you’d like to add polls to your BuddyPress site, the BuddyPress Polls add-on is what you need. The add-on allows your members to create polls in activity streams, profiles, and groups.
Members can create single-or-multi-option polls in a matter of clicks right from their user profile. Just click on the poll icon when creating an update. All polls are mobile-friendly and responsive plus you have plenty of display options, including widgets. And there are built-in options to limit polls by user role or member type (a great value added feature if you choose to add premium memberships at some point).
I’m sure you have seen trending #hashtags on social media before. The reason why hashtags are so popular is they make content easy to find.
Now, thanks to the BuddyPress Hashtags add-on, you can leverage the power of hashtags on your very own BuddyPress website. It’s a great way to increase user engagement.
The plugin allows users to use hashtags in activity streams and bbPress forums. You can also add them to sidebars and other widget areas. The hashtags then change into links that help users find similar content on your network.
BuddyPress Sticky Post
You must be pretty familiar with sticky posts on social media by now, seeing as Twitter and Facebook already have Pinned posts.
Sticky posts allow you to draw immediate attention to important updates and info. The BuddyPress Stick Post add-on allows site administrators to display community-wide sticky posts for crucial updates.
In other words, the plugin allows site admins to pin and unpin important posts inside BuddyPress activity and groups.
BuddyPress Auto Friends
Running a successful community site is all about fostering camaraderie. If you’d like to break the ice and keep the conversation going, you need a solution that boosts engagement from the word go.
The BuddyPress Auto Friends add-on is one such solution. It allows site administrators to define common friends for all members. When a new member signs up, the common friends are automatically added to the member’s friends list.
The common o global friends can be anyone you want including admins, moderators, content creators, and any other user you fancy.
Activating automatic friends is a great way of starting a buzz on your community website.
Profanity and spam is a big problem on the internet. The negative implications of profanity include damaged brand reputation, poor user experience (UX), and lost sales.
It goes without saying that profanity is a big problem for many community sites where most (if not all) of the content is user-generated. People will always do and post whatever they want.
That’s exactly why you need the BuddyPress Profanity add-on to keep the bad guys out. The add-on is easy to install, and use and an excellent way to filter profanity on your community site.
Once installed you can use the intuitive option to add disallowable words, choose what content is filtered, select a censorship format or add case matching. You can also add strict filtering, so the filter ignores keywords when they are inadvertently a part of another word (see the example above for passable – you get it).
I can’t tell you how much time I spend scrolling down the Facebook newsfeed. I raid Twitter and LinkedIn, too, for info about my favorite brands, sports, and people.
By default, BuddyPress creates separate activity streams, which can make finding stuff harder. That’s because activities will be shown in different areas of your site.
Usually, this is confusing and prevents members from finding hot topics on your community site. What is a website owner to do?
Enters BuddyPress NewsFeed and the day is saved. The add-on combines all activity streams into one newsfeed just like Facebook.
You can easily choose which type of activity is shown in your newsfeed and even segregate activities from that of other users.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou
Quotes call attention to specific parts of your text content. They make your content more engaging and shareable on social media.
In a similar manner, you can leverage the power of quotes to drive more traffic and engagement on your BuddyPress community site. If done right, you can make your quotes go viral and reap the benefits.
The BuddyPress Quotes add-on makes creating beautiful quotes on your site as easy as A, B, C. Members can add pre-defined background colors and images to their quotes, so they can tell a more expressive story.
GIFs are quite popular on social media nowadays. It’s a no brainer; they are cheap, easy to create and lighter than videos. On top of that, they are more interactive than still images.
Social media platforms are rife with GIFs memes and the trend doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. You, too, can offer your members GIFs on your site.
All you need is the BuddyPress Giphy add-on. The add-on allows your users to add animated GIFs to the BuddyPress activity stream, profile, groups, and comments.
BuddyPress Giphy helps you to create an interesting and tempting community where members can express their feelings effectively using GIFs.
BuddyPress Moderation Pro
Running a busy BuddyPress community site is no easy task for beginners and pros alike. There are just many moving gears to oil at all times.
One area that most site admins usually miss is the inappropriate content posted by randy users. It’s one area where you can definitely use some help from your users.
The BuddyPress Moderation add-on offers you links/buttons that allow members to flag inappropriate user-generated content, adds moderation notifications (via BuddyPress or email), allows admins to moderate all activities before making them public and more.
Later, site admins can view the flagged content in a central dashboard and take relevant action.
BuddyPress Profile Pro
At times, you want to add custom fields that are simply not part of BuddyPress. Custom fields allow you to add and display more information on member profiles.
The BuddyPress Profile Pro add-on was created for that exact purpose. Thanks to the add-on, site administrators can add and display repeater fields on member profiles.
Repeater fields can be anything like extra phone numbers, work information, education, skills sets and so on.
You’re probably doing everything humanly possible to boost engagement on your BuddyPress website, and that’s commendable. We support you fully.
And to show you our undying support, we introduce you to the nifty add-on known as BuddyPress Status. It’s a simple yet powerful solution as far as increasing engagement goes.
BuddyPress Status allows members to add a status icon/emoji and tagline to their profile, allowing them to express their moods via the status update. The plugin allows members to share what they are doing at the moment, how they are feeling, and even leave reactions on all site activities.
Best of all you can customize the reaction icons available on your site. Choose from moods, activities, foods or even custom icons for your site. This is a great way to tailor options for your community (for example, avocados and pizza may make more sense for a recipe sharing network than a sports fans site).
Shortcodes for BuddyPress Pro
BuddyPress is a robust social networking plugin to create community websites on WordPress. It offers a lot of features and options to hit the ground running.
However, it falls short when it comes to handling shortcodes on your WordPress site. This can leave you severely limited as far as displaying items on your site goes.
To solve this problem, the Wbcom Designs team created the Shortcodes for BuddyPress Pro add-on. Now, you can display activity streams, members, groups and anything else on any page or post using shortcodes.
On top of that, Shortcodes for BuddyPress Pro comes with Elementor widgets to display activity streams, member listing and group directory anywhere on your site.
Now that you know what’s included in the BuddyPress Community Bundle, how much does it all cost?
BuddyPress Community Bundle Pricing
The folks at Wbcom Designs offer straightforward pricing plans. You have a Single Site License that will set you back $199 per year, and the Developer License, which costs $499/year. You receive regular updates for a year. All the upcoming BuddyPress addons will be available for Bundle customers.
If you’d like to spring for a lifetime plan (as opposed to yearly plans), you’ll part with $999 for the Single Site License and $1,999 for the Developer License. You receive lifetime updates.
If you’d prefer to buy each add-on separately, you’ll pay $39/year/add-on for the Single Site License and $99/year/add-on for the Developer License.
All plans come with one-on-one support via email and ticket system. The Single Site License plan is perfect for a single WordPress install and the Developer License is ideal for multiple WordPress sites.
More BuddyPress Plugins
It’s worth noting that Wbcom Designs has also created quite a number of free BuddyPress addons. At the time of writing, they offer 19 completely free (and very awesome) BuddyPress addon plugins to add more features to your community or social network. This includes member blogs, shortcodes, private community, job manager, reviews, activity filters and tons more.
And if you want one on one help, you can also hire the Wbcom Designs team for site development and customizations. They’re well versed in all things WordPress, but also offer specialized services for BuddyPress, BuddyBoss, WooCommerce, LearnDash, EDD and other popular plugins.
BuddyPress is quite the sturdy platform as far as creating communities on WordPress goes. The plugin offers you features such as member profiles, registrations, groups, activity streams, messaging and more. It’s the social networking software you need to create the community site of your dreams.At the same time, it has its fair share of shortcomings. But that’s not so bad especially since BuddyPress runs on WordPress – and as we all know – there is always a plugin for any functionality you need. As such, we hope you find exactly what you need in the BuddyPress Community Bundle.
Have you used BuddyPress Community Bundle or any of the add-ons before? If so, how was your experience? Which are you favorite BuddyPress add-ons? Please let us know in the comments!