BuddyPress is a powerful, free plugin that adds community features to your WordPress website. Install it on your site and you’ll have access to handy features like activity streams, user profiles, notifications, groups and private messaging. But that’s just the base layer of what BuddyPress can do.
bbPress is a forums plugin that is often used in conjunction with BuddyPress. The forums are easy on the eyes, simple to use and fit in nicely with BuddyPress groups.
Extending BuddyPress and bbPress with plugins can bring even more functionality to make your site into a real online community hub. You might be surprised at some of the cool features you can easily add in.
Here are 10 free plugins you can use to make BuddyPress and bbPress even better:
BuddyPress Edit Activity enables users of your site to easily edit items in their activity stream from the front-end. Admins can even set a time limit for how long edits are allowed.
BuddyPress Member Type Generator takes advantage of the Member Types functionality introduced in BuddyPress 2.2. Member Types can be used to filter users, access a member-specific directory and more. The plugin lets you easily create various member types and bulk-assign users to them.
Add lots of useful user profile fields with BuddyPress Xprofile Custom Fields Type. Available fields include birthdate, URL, datepicker, image, file, colorpicker, number and selectors for custom post types and taxonomies.
BuddyPress Group Email Subscription helps keep group members informed of activity. There are five different notification levels members can choose from: No Email, Weekly Summary Email, Daily Digest Email, New Topics Email and All Email. If desired, admins can set a default notification level for users.
Spam bots can hit BuddyPress just like everything else on the internet. BuddyPress Registration Options helps squash spam registrations by allowing for moderation on new user accounts. Email notifications are sent when an administrator either approves or denies a new registrant. This plugin also works with bbPress.
bbPress Product Tab brings the power of forums to your WooCommerce products. You can set a forum to show on all or just some products and customize the tab to meet your needs.
If you’re using bbPress/BuddyPress to provide customer support, Buddy-bbPress Support Topic adds some handy features. Allow users to mark new threads as a support request (or not). On the backend, administrators can see support threads and change their status.
Have a busy forum? Using bbPress for tech support? bbPress reports provides a number of useful statistics including the number of new topics and the busiest times of day. You can also check stats for individual members.
Bring more interactivity to your forums with bbPress Votes. The plugin adds the ability for forum users to give an up or down vote to a topic or reply. You can even query forum posts by their vote rankings.
bbPress Simple Advert Units helps you monetize your forum by allowing for ad placement. Ads can be shown in multiple spots – such as between posts, within the body of the first post, the top or bottom of topic pages, on individual forum pages or on the main forum index.
Build Your Community
The combination of BuddyPress and bbPress can help you build a bustling and productive online community. And, because they both take advantage of WordPress, they’re also very easy to use and customize to fit your needs. Experiment with them and see how they can benefit your WordPress website.