DFW WordPress MeetUp: BuddyPress: Social Networking in Box

This past weekend I gave a presentation on Buddypress to the Dallas/Ft. Worth WordPress MeetUp. Being spoiled by the size of meetups in the New York area for so long, I was pleasantly surprised to see DFW WordPress as one of the largest in the country. Dallas Rocks!

What is BuddyPress?

BuddyPress is a WordPress plugin that turns your site into a niche social network. That’s a lot of power and before any of you run right out and convert your blog of awesomeness into a social network of pointlessness, take time to think about your objectives first. There are a ton of excellent needs and reasons to use BuddyPress to take your site and turn it into the community it is begging to become. That’s the killer point: there needs to be a community underlying all of this. Maybe your’e focused on gardeners in Texas or stamp collectors in Des Moines or people around the world dealing with Cystic Fibrosis – if you have a community in mind then BuddyPress is an amazing tool because you can shape the community according to you/its needs. Take that Facebook (or Ning)!

The Presentation

Here’s the presentation, graciously filmed by Dallas’ own Dave Curlee. You can find me hangin’ in the BuddyPress Forums. Drop me a line of you need help on anything BP related.

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