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    Anyone used Buddypress, and what did you think about it?

    I'm creating a new webpresence for someone and I was wondering if anyone here had any experience of using Buddypress and how they liked it.

    (for those who don't know it's an open source wordpress based forum software thing).
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2010
    Hmm, reading through it, it seems to do more than just be a forum, but kind of a thing like Ning and other social networking sites - as I like to call them, closed membership facebooks (even though you can totally make them open like FB).

    I really enjoy that a lot of these types of sites have come out, because it allows for so much expansion than the old model websites and really opens them up for user input. They're also insanely easy to build and modify if you have a background in programming languages or a lot of time to tackle that learning curve. The one drawback, of course, is third-party plugins that are developed and then abandoned as new builds are released. I am, for corporate projects, always wary of open source just because they seem so easy to hack - as noted by friends of mine who've had their Wordpress sites taken down.

    I've started developing sites similar to this, since I have a strange compulsion to pick up huge projects that involve lots of spinning plates to keep track of. I'll probably look into it for people who are money conscious & don't want to license their software or who already know WP and want to be able to maintain and upgrade themselves once my team has done the core work.

    I've built with ExpressionEngine, which was recommended to me by a friend programmer six months ago. I started developing in 1.6.8 because 2.0 wasn't released yet when the project started. I really like it though. We came to it with a basic idea & now that it's released, as we start planning new ways to expand the site the functionality is already there.

    I worked on it with our genius back-end programmer, who started building the hard stuff and walked me through the learning curve so it's pretty easy for me to install stuff that doesn't require some crazy modifications on my own.
    About the only issue we've run into is that we're in that period where people are abandoning support for the 1.x plugins but 2.0 plugins aren't as rounded out. We'll probably upgrade at a later time, because 2.0 has a lot of features that we've had to cobble together but are simplified now.
    Another thing that I'm not sure if it was fixed with 2.0 but that our network engineer complains about is that the site is bulky and hard on his databases. He has to monitor it often since it just keeps eating up space on his machines. Hopefully 2.0 is built more efficiently, but I'll probably just tell him to stop complaining and upgrade anyways because I'm damn happy with what we built.