Learn how to create your own blog network and social networking site using WordPress-MU and BuddyPress.
Add forums, photo galleries, friend feeds, and other exciting features your web site's visitors will love.
WordPress MU enables you to build a complete, professional looking blog network. You can allow each user to have their own blog, and decide how much control you want to give users over their blog's theme and plugins. WordPress MU powers some of the largest blog networks in the world, including the mighty WordPress.com – home to thousands of bloggers.
The Beginner's Guide to WordPress-MU will take you through the setup of a WordPress MU-powered blogging network, using a real, working blog network as an example, so that you can follow the creation process step-by-step. Your blog network have several professional features that user's have come to expect from blogging and social networking sites; such as friends lists, status feeds, groups, forums, photo galleries, and more. You will be to build your own version of WordPress.com – a place where users can quickly come and create a blog for themselves. You can even add FaceBook style features.
The book starts with a clean install of WordPress MU, and as you work through the book, you will build the blog network, and add on more and more features, all seamlessly integrated to achieve a professional, custom-built look.
You will find new themes and plug-ins added to the site, as well as customization of the WordPress multi-user code. The book will also look at ways you can manage your community, and keep your site safe and secure, ensuring that it is a spam-free, enjoyable community for your users. In the later chapters, you will add a forum using the bbPress script, and add BuddyPress social networking components to your site.
Imagine how good you'll feel when your first WordPress multi-user blog network launches.