Originally posted on 2008-11-24
What is Automattic?
For a straight answer to this, I would they are the creators of wordpress. Their projects include:
* bbPress – Forum Software
* Akismet – An anti-comment spam system capable of integration with many blogging platforms and forums.
* WordPress MU – A multi-blog community system built on WordPress.
* Ping-O-Matic – A pinging service.
* Gravatar – Globally recognized avatars
* IntenseDebate – Commenting Tools
With WordPress 2.7 on just around the corner and 3 betas already out, wordpress 2.7 is looking big.
But today I want to write about another press which is budding under Automattic, its called Buddypress. I have tried it and have to say that it works great.
What is Buddypress?
Well buddypress is a set of plugins which transform an installation of WordPress MU(multi-user) into a social networking site.
1. Extended profiles- The extended profile component allows site admins to create specific profile fields for site members to fill in.
2. Private messaging- BuddyPress private messaging works like internal site email. Members can message people on their friends list as well as forward and reply to received messages.
3. Interact with friends- Members of a BuddyPress enabled installation can be connected together by one member adding another as a “friend” and then the other member accepting the friendship request.
4. Groups- Groups in BuddyPress are a gathering of members, blog posts, photos and any other user generated content.
5. The wire- The wire is a place where friends and other members can come along and post messages to a specific piece of content within a BuddyPress installation.
6. Activity Streams- Activity streams aggregate all of your activity across a BuddyPress installation. All of your friends activity is also recorded so you can check what others are doing on the site.
7. BLOGS- Allowing multiple blogs and multiple users per blog is a key feature to WordPress MU. BuddyPress preserves this functionality.
8. Status updates- Status updates in BuddyPress will appear on a member’s profile page. A member can update their status as frequently as they want to.
9. Photo Albums- Members of a BuddyPress installation will be able to create their own photo albums. These albums can be shared with friends and groups.
When will this wonderful plugin will release?
As stated on the site, it should release by the end of this year, 2008.
What does all this mean?
THIS MEANS THAT YOU CAN USE WORDPRESS AS A SOCIAL COMUNITY LIKE ORKUT, MYSPACE , etc. ENJOY!!!!!!