Are you a fan of BuddyPress? For those who don’t know, BuddyPress is a handy plugin that lets you create your very own social network on top of the ever-popular blogging platform, WordPress. You can extend functionalities via BuddyPress to provide social networking features like discussion forums, private messaging, and many more.

BuddyPress is an excellent tool for beginners, but its social and networking features may not be enough for a lot of people, as we may have specific needs and preferences for our respective websites. This brings the need for plugins, which can extend BuddyPress’ functionality such as for deeper user engagement or helping to turn your content viral.

To help solve your problem, here’s a list of some must-have plugins for BuddyPress, which can boost your site’s networking features. Most of these plugins are fully compatible, with newer versions of WordPress and BuddyPress.

Enjoy!

BuddyPress Activity Privacy

BuddyPress Activity Privacy

This WordPress plugin allows your network users to choose a privacy level for their activity posts. This improves the privacy of their activities and status posts. It adds the ability for various privacy levels for instance, anyone, logged-in users, friends, admins only, and group members only.

 

BuddyPress Links

BuddyPress Links

BuddyPress Links is a WordPress plugin that gives your members the ability to easily share links and rich content like images and videos. Publicly shared links are shown in a central directory, where users can filter, vote, and comment on the links. The plugin also lets admins manage links, link categories, and widgets. Users can create and manage links, add links to categories, upload image avatars (thumbnails) for links, vote, and comment on other’s links.

 

Quick Chat

Quick Chat

This self-hosted chat solution for your social network provides support for private chats, chat rooms, avatars, user lists, and smileys, among many other things. Additionally, it has various chat capabilities like limiting the message size, banning participants using their IP address, letting registered users reserve chat names, etc.

 

WordPress Social Login

WordPress Social Login

WordPress Social Login allows your visitors to log in and comment on your networking website using any of their accounts from 28 social networks and services. It also allows users to access the website via restrictions and filters. It improves user interaction on your website and allows visitors to easily become members.

 

BuddyPress Social

BuddyPress Social

This plugin brings social engagement features to your networking site. It adds sharing buttons for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and e-mail to all your social community’s activities. This makes it easier for users to share the site’s content through other social networks, thus helping to share and promote your site.

 

Membership

Membership

Membership is a plugin that lets you provide your content in two divisions: free content for all visitors and premium content for members only. This plugin is easy to set up and operate, and you get to determine what falls under premium content. You can control access to nearly all content on your social networking site such as downloads, pages, posts, comments, galleries, and any other content via shortcodes.

 

WangGuard

WangGuard

WangGuard protects your site from registrations by sploggers and spam users by collecting and storing data on websites it operates on into a centralized database. With every new registration, WangGuard checks the new user’s data in the database to clear it of suspicions, and protects the site from fake or spam registration.

BuddyPress Groups Extras

BuddyPress Groups Extras

This plugin enhances the group functionality of BuddyPress. It enables you to add default extra content (pages) for groups for any purpose, such as descriptions, group rules, FAQs, wikis, events, and more. Also, it lets you add custom fields using different types, with options such as radios, checkboxes, and drop-downs, among others.

 

BuddyStream

BuddyStream

BuddyStream gives you and your site users the optionto add and synchronize activity streams from other social networks on your networking website. The plugin supports integration with various social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, and Last.fm. You can also get user statistics and filtering options using the plugin’s admin panel.

Achievements

Achievements

Achievements lets you ‘gamify’ your social network with challenges, badges, and points which can really do wonders when it comes to encouraging user participation. Achievements has the capability to track user progress when installed with any standard WordPress theme. Users can accrue points and badges for doing any task, from simply signing up to joining groups.