Installing BuddyPress

BuddyPress is a WordPress plugin that provides an easy way to create a social networking site. Visitors to a BuddyPress website can start interacting in groups, post messages and connect with other registered members.

In this tutorial, we will go over the steps to install, activate and setup BuddyPress on your website.

How to Install and Activate BuddyPress

Go to your dashboard, hover your cursor over “Plugins” and click “Add New”. Search for BuddyPress in the field and follow the setup instructions.

In the process, you will see a list of the BuddyPress components to customize the plugin to fit your own style and needs. See all the available tabs and once finished with the customization, click “Save Settings”. As a start you can just save with the default settings and customize the install later starting from that.

Note: upon initial installation of BuddyPress, some of the components are checked and some are not. Check the features that will fit your needs and uncheck the ones that will not fit your needs. If you change your mind down the road, you can come back to the setup page and reactivate any specific feature.

Just don’t forget to change the default permalink settings or BuddyPress won’t work.
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