This tutorial covers the following topics:
The BuddyPress plugin provides a large variety of features for your WordPress website. It is free, open source and completely customizable. The main function of BuddyPress is to greatly enhance the capability of WordPress in building a community website. It will give your website members the ability to create groups and invite their friends, check activity feeds, create discussion boards and much more. Full list of features can be found on BuddyPress official website.
The BuddyPress plugin initial installation does not differ in any way from a standard WordPress plugin installation. Once you have installed and enabled it for your WordPress website you will be taken to the following page, where you can proceed with the setup of the plugin.
BuddyPress Initial Setup
On the Welcome to BuddyPress post-activation page, click the Get Started button to proceed with the plugin's initial configuration.
On the next page you will see a list of all the BuddyPress components installed by default with a short explanation for each one. Enable the ones that you want to use on your website and disable the rest. Once ready, click the Save Changes button.
Next click the Options tab. There you can find additional settings for plugin. Enable the options you want and disable the rest. Once ready press the Save Settings button.
That's it! All the components that you have enabled are working properly and could be used by all of your website's members.