How to Configure BuddyPress Settings in WordPress

After installing BuddyPress in your WordPress site, you will want to configure the BuddyPress settings. This allows you to customize your BuddyPress community options to fit your website needs. For example, you can choose if you want users to private message each other, upload custom profile photos, or delete their own accounts. In this tutorial, we will go over the available BuddyPress settings in the Components, Pages, and Options tabs.

BuddyPress Components

  1. Log into your WordPress Dashboard.
  2. Click Settings, then BuddyPress.

  3. You will then be on the BuddyPress Settings page, click the Components tab if you are not already there.

  4. Check the box beside the Component option to enable it. Below is the description (provided by BuddyPress) of available Component options. The BuddyPress Core and Community Members are required:

    Option Description
    Extended Profiles Customize your community with fully editable profile fields that allow your users to describe themselves.
    Account Settings Allow your users to modify their account and notification settings directly from within their profiles.
    Friend Connections Let your users make connections so they can track the activity of others and focus on the people they care about the most.
    Private Messaging Allow your users to talk to each other directly and in private. Not just limited to one-on-one discussions, messages can be sent between any number of members.
    Activity Streams Global, personal, and group activity streams with threaded commenting, direct posting, favoriting, and @mentions, all with full RSS feed and email notification support.
    Notifications Notify members of relevant activity with a toolbar bubble and/or via email, and allow them to customize their notification settings.
    User Groups Groups allow your users to organize themselves into specific public, private or hidden sections with separate activity streams and member listings.
    Site Tracking Record activity for new posts and comments from your site.
  5. Click the Save Settings button after choosing your BuddyPress settings.

BuddyPress Pages

  1. If you are not on the BuddyPress Settings page already, log into your WordPress Dashboard click Settings then BuddyPress.

  2. Click the Pages tab.

  3. You will then be on the Pages tab. You can “Associate a WordPress Page with each BuddyPress component directory” by clicking the drop-down boxes, but can typically leave the default settings.

  4. If you see a “Registration is currently disabled” message you will need to click the this page link.

  5. Then check the box forAnyone can register in the Membersip section and click the Save Changes button. For more information, see our full guide on allowing user registration in WordPress.

  6. Click the Save Settings button to save any changes.

BuddyPress Options

  1. If you are not on the BuddyPress Settings page already, log into your WordPress Dashboard click Settings then BuddyPress.

  2. Click the Options tab.

  3. Check the boxes to enable your preferred Main, Profile, and Activity settings. Below is a description of the available options:

    Main Settings Description
    Toolbar Show the Toolbar for logged out users.
    Account Deletion Allow registered members to delete their own accounts.
    Template Pack The selected Template Pack will serve all BuddyPress templates.
    Profile Settings Description
    Profile Photo Uploads Allow registered members to upload avatars.
    Cover Image Uploads Allow registered members to upload cover images.
    Profile Syncing Enable BuddyPress to WordPress profile syncing.
    Activity Settings Description
    Blog & Forum Comments Allow activity stream commenting on blog and forum posts
    Activity auto-refresh Automatically check for new items while viewing the activity stream

  4. Click the Save Settings button to save any changes.

Congratulations, now you know how to configure BuddyPress settings in WordPress!

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