What is BuddyPress?
BuddyPress is a suite of WordPress plugins and themes, each adding a distinct new feature. BuddyPress contains all the features you’d expect from WordPress but aims to let members socially interact.
In short, it converts WordPress MU in a social networking website (read: Facebook). Nearly a month ago, there was talks of a new version of BuddyPress that’ll be available for WordPress. BuddyPress by default works with WordPress MU and isn’t available for single WordPress and I’m sure the moment this will be released, most of the WordPress users will install it on their blog.
Every blogger will be keen on installing it as it will give social networking features to their blogs and that means users will be able to create their profiles, add pictures, videos etc and share information with other users on that blog and all this means one thing – Community! I’m sure those blogs that have high traffic and high level of community engagement will not be able to even guess the amount benefits this new suite will add to their blogs!
Although, that was like a month back and I was thinking about that where exactly BuddyPress for WordPress got lost! Then I thought of checking the forums and found the following guesstimate by Donnacha (of course, these is not official as Andy Peatling is the creator and curator of BuddyPress)
My guesstimate is that Andy will aim to coincide with the release of WP 2.8, currently scheduled for the beginning of April put will probably get pushed back to the middle of the month. He has said that the non-MU version of BP is almost ready to roll but I guess he wants to see how the release of the MU version goes first and, obviously, he isn’t going to release for 2.7 with 2.8 so close.
Although, I was wondering that instead of releasing BuddyPress as a separate suite of plugins for WordPress, it’ll be cool if it can act as a login system for WordPress. Basically, a WordPress user will be able to create multiple profile (for official purpose, for personal use) under one email account and that will be accessible via all WordPress based blogs, be it WordPress.com or WordPress.org based. It’ll be a mix of BuddyPress & Gravatar. Just my thoughts, what are you thoughts about the same?