A few days ago at the WordCamp event in New York, Ted Mann from InJersey.com shared some awesome plugins tips to help you create a Hyperlocal website with BuddyPress. I have listed below the plugins that he suggested, plus some extra ones that I have found quite useful.
What is a Hyperlocal website?
It is a website that can aggregate content power by the local community for a specific area/town. Each town can have its own blog. In other words ” Hyperlocal Journalism’ is a town based journalism.
A little bit about BuddyPress
Automattic, the company behind WordPress acquired BuddyPress earlier this year.
This open-source project started by Andy Peatling will help you turn your WordPress Multi-User (MU) installation into a fully functional social community platform. Some of the social features are extended profiles, private messaging, making friends (relationships between users), creating blogs, joining groups together that have a common interest, wire (like a Facebook wall), activity streams, forums, status updates, and more.
The Adminimize plugin lets you hide ‘unnecessary’ items from the WordPress administration menu, submenu, and even the ‘Dashboard’.
The FeedWordPress plugin is an Atom/RSS aggregator for WordPress. It syndicates content from feeds into your blog.
- Events Calendar
The Events Calendar plugin adds a small calendar to the main sidebar. It gives you the ability to roll over the highlighted event day to see a brief description of the event. Or you can click on the day to get a full description of the event without ever leaving your current page.
- Cosmic BP User Signup Password
The Cosmic BP User Signup Password plugin simply inserts a password field in the signup/registration form, to let the user choose a password right away at the time of registration.
- BuddyPress Registration Options
The BuddyPress Registration Options plugin helps you create extra fields on the registration form, so new members can decide which groups or blogs to join.
- BuddyPress Groupblog
The BuddyPress Groupblog plugin extends the group functionality by enabling each group to have a single blog associated with it.
- Auto Group Join
The Auto Group Join plugin lets users automatically join a group based on a profile field selected during the registration process.
The BP-FBConnect plugin lets users have the option of logging into BuddyPress with their Facebook login details.
Please feel free to share any plugins tips.