Introduction to this course
Setting up a community site may appear a bit challenging at first especially if you don’t know where to start.
In this course, we will cover how to set up an online community site within the WordPress platform, in a step by step format. To achieve this we will use the BuddyPress, BuddyBuilder, BbPress and Elementor plugins.
BuddyPress serves as the core plugin within this course. The plugin is highly recommended for community sites due to its ease of integration, ease of use, and extensibility, targeted at site builders & developers. It is intentionally efficient, but incredibly simple software for community sites, developed by WordPress contributors.
What is an Online Community Site
An online community site is a platform that incorporates a group of people with shared interests, and enables them to interact.
Users within a community site are in a position to interact freely and also engage in discussions on a common topic. Community sites also help in bringing awareness across users on a particular subject of interest.
Types of Online Communities
It’s quite vital to determine which kindly of an online community site that you would wish to build. Community sites can be divided into three types:
A forum is a type of community site that allows users to engage in discussions on particular topics.
Forums can for example be used to bring together users of a particular product to discuss issues they are encountering with their product and seek for assistance from other users. Users who would also wish to purchase the product can also get to know about the product prior to purchase.
Community blogs are a type of community site that allow users to upload and publish their content.
This helps in bringing content into your site as well bringing in user engagement.
Community blogs can be used in promoting a product as well as serve as a knowledge sharing platform.
Social Networking Sites
Social networking sites are a type of community site that enables users to interact privately via messaging.
Users are also in a position to create their own profiles, friend connections and groups similar to other social networking platforms such as Facebook.