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  • #1155
    robert lewis
    Participant

    Hello,

    I teach Math, Science and Technology classes at multiple campuses (campusi?) I use BuddyPress to create accounts for all of my students to post their homework assignments. I categorize each student post by content area, and tag each student post with the campus the class is held. The problem is, I end up with a massive page of every student’s posts on the same category page. I would like to have a separate page for each class, on each campus. boricuablog.org is the website.

    I know a little php, and am assuming there is no simple widget or plugin that can do this for me. Any suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Robert Lewis

    #1868
    Steve
    Keymaster

    Hi Robert,

    There are a few ways to do this:
    1) WordPress Multisite: Run BuddyPress on the main site, and then give each class their own “site”. You can still aggregate ALL class posts on the homepage.
    2) Use Custom Taxonomies: This is a good idea, and you can query multiple taxonomies. For example, the VIDEO section of this site is a custom post type, that has a custom taxonomy assigned to it; PRESENTER. We also allowed Post Tags and Categories to work with it. Here’s an example of a url that drills down all videos tagged with “buddypress” and has the PRESENTER “Steve Bruner”: http://wpnyc.org/?presenter=steve-bruner&tag=buddypress

    Does that make sense?

    Steve

    #1869
    amylaneio
    Spectator

    The easy way would be to have a subdomain for each campus. I’m sure others will have better suggestions though. (btw, the plural is campuses, though you could–incorrectly–use campi if you really wanted to. People might thing you misspelled the shrimp dish though.) 😛

    #1870
    Steve
    Keymaster

    Subdomains… Subfolders… Your call. Either way use multisite.

    #1871
    robert lewis
    Participant

    Thanks for the info. I’m a teacher who’s follows the KISS philosophy when working with computers. So I’m not a multisite user. Does it cost a lot to get it, or is it a free upload? And is there a big learning curve to using it? Subdomains strike me as taking time and money, which teachers don’t have a lot of, so I’m going to try the custom taxonomy first.

    Thanks, and any more thoughts would be appreciated as well.

    #1872
    Steve
    Keymaster

    Robert– Multisite is free and very easy to setup… and very easy to manage. Will make your life easier.

    Here’s a video on it: http://wpnyc.org/video/wordpress-3-0-multisite-what-you-need-to-know-part-2/

    Steve

    #1873
    robert lewis
    Participant

    OK, will try next week to learn. Thanks!

    #1874
    amylaneio
    Spectator

    Robert, if you run into trouble, there’s a WordPress Genius Bar meetup next Thursday. Check out http://www.meetup.com/wpgeniusbar for the details.

    #1875
    robert lewis
    Participant

    I would love to go back to my haunts in bburg (i so miss the Right Bank), but I’m teaching a class next Thursday evening. I’m already a member of your group, so I’ll be looking for your next Meetup…

    #1876
    robert lewis
    Participant

    @Steve

    So I tried to do MultiSite over the weekend, but I didn’t install WordPress on the root directory — I ended up blowing up my files. Of course I backed everything up before I started, so I’m back to square one. Maybe at some future Meetup you could talk about moving a WordPress site off a subdirectory to the root?

    #1877
    Steve
    Keymaster

    Installing WP in a subdirectory is not that difficult. Check out this forum post;
    http://wpnyc.org/groups/troubleshooting/forum/topic/installing-wordpress-in-a-subdomain/

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