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Buddypress Groups vs. Forums
September 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm #1260
I’m trying to figure out the best way to setup my buddypress site and having difficulty understanding the difference in groups vs. forums.
I’d like to kind of mimic what’s going on here at wpnyc.org. The homepage has 3 sections:
I’m guessing NEWS is an “activity feed”?
HELP and JOBS seem to be Groups because when you click on either you end up on the Forum tab of a Group page.
As I understand it, anyone can VIEW and POST in a group, regardless of whether or not they are a group member. Right?
And when you join a group, you get e-mail notifications about posts made in that group. Right?
Can the group e-mail notifications be setup so that group members only get an e-mail when the group administrator posts a new topic that he/she somehow flags as “important”? For example, I’m not a member of this BuddyPress page because I don’t want to get an e-mail every time anyone posts any question about BuddyPress. But I would like to get notified when the group admin posts a message a major announcement in the group forum, like an upcoming BuddyPress Meetup or announces a new version of BuddyPress.
please advise. thanks in advance.September 10, 2011 at 5:49 pm #2134
NEWS: Is a standard WP loop showing all Blog posts on the site.
HELP: is a custom Activity Stream that shows Forum posts from TWO Groups: WordPress Troubleshooting and BuddyPress Troubleshooting. Clicking on NEWS takes you to the WP Troubleshooting Group, well… because it had to go somewhere 😉
You can learn about building custom Activity Streams at BP Dev Docs.
I’m sure there’s a plugin to allow notifications only when an Admin posts.September 14, 2011 at 2:44 am #2135
So the user selects the GLOBAL notifications? I’m hoping for some way for the website admin to be able to send e-mail notifications to all users regardless?
For example, if you wanted to inform all members of wpnyc.org of some major changes, how would you go about ensuring they all get that message in an e-mail?
Or, is there any way to automatically enroll all users in the larger group (a group consisting of all users)? Then I could ensure that they all get the e-mail notifications via this plugin: http://buddypress.org/community/groups/buddypress-group-email-subscription/.September 14, 2011 at 2:56 am #2136September 14, 2011 at 3:03 am #2137
@1) Instructions say “go to Messages >> Compose on the front-end.” But I don’t see that anywhere when I’m logged in as the admin. Where is it?
@2 and @3) I’ll try those. Thanks!September 14, 2011 at 3:07 am #2138September 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm #2139
Yeah, that link does work. I didn’t see the Messages tab on my site because I had disabled messages. It seems that when I send a message via that message feature, it only appears when users log in to the site. But I want them to get an e-mail so I will try out the other plugins and report back. Thanks!
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