BuddyPress has options to mange components, pages, and a few configuration settings. There are also some internal configuration options that are not exposed to the site administrator. These hidden options required adding custom code.
We wanted to make it easy to access these extra configurations. After installing and activating BuddyExtender, free from the WordPress plugins repository, options are accessed via Settings -> BuddyExtender in the WordPress admin.
Let’s go over each option and how it affects a BuddyPress site. Some of the settings can interfere with the display of your site. Note: Please test each option before going live to ensure satisfactory results.
- Avatar Thumb Size – This changes the dimensions of user avatars in member lists, activity streams and forums.
- Avatar Full Size – Now you can change the dimensions of user avatars in profile and group headers.
- Avatar Max Size – The max width/height of an image the can be upload during avatar creation.
- Default User Avatar – BuddyPress uses either the mystery man or a Gravatar for users whom had not uploaded a custom image. This option turns off Gravatar and uses a custom image as a default.
- Root Profiles – BuddyPress profiles are locate after the members slug (/members/). This setting puts profiles at the site root (url.com/username).
- Auto Group Join – Normally, when posting activity in a group you do not belong, BuddyPress joins you to the group. This option allows group activity posting without being added to the group.
- LDAP Usernames – Some sign on systems have special characters in usernames that WordPress does not allow. This option allows the use of some special characters in usernames.
- WYSIWYG Textarea – Recently, BuddyPress added a text editor to the profile fields when editing a profile. This option removes the WYSIWYG editor.
- All Members Auto Complete – When creating private messages, BuddyPress will auto search for members in your friend list when you begin to type. This option changes the search from your friends to all site members. Note, if your site is large the search can seem slow.
- Profile Fields Auto Link – BuddyPress auto links some profile fields directly to member search to find similar users with same profile field values. This option turns off all fields auto-linking.
- User @ Mentions – Type @, followed by user name, links the username to the user, and sends a notification that they were mentioned in that activity item. This option completely removes the linking and notification. Also, it removes the @ username auto-complete.
- Ignore Deprecated Code – BuddyPress loads deprecated code for backwards compatibility. Choose this option If you do not need this loaded.
- Enable Multiblog – This option does not allow multiple BuddyPress sites on a Multisite Network. The option allows accessing BuddyPress from other sites on an install.
- Root Blog ID – BuddyPress runs on one site on a Multisite Network. This option allows you to choose which site. Default is site one.
More to come!
We hope BuddyExtender helps you customize your BuddyPress just a little bit more. We will be adding more options to this plugin in the future. Let us know what you think of BuddyExtender in the comments below.