In this post, we’re going to see the workarounds connected with the following awesome Buddypress plugins that you would want to work with even if they require tweaking.
This is your only hope (that’s also free) of protecting your BuddyPress site against spam account creation. When a new user account is created, this plugin can restrict the new user’s access to BuddyPress pages and activity steams unless & until the administrator approves the account. The administrator can alternately Deny access to a particular user or even ban him/her.
I was testing this plugin on a test site using Buddypress 1.5. When I installed this plugin, it gave me an error/warning on activation and messed up my site’s front end. This was too bad because I just had to make this one work, being the best spam stopper!
So I found a hack to fix this issue. There a code change that needs to be done in the bp-registration-options.php file of your plugin. Here it is:
On line 6:
if ( !is_site_admin() )
if ( !is_super_admin() )
On line 675 and 1592:
$is_bp_dir = $bp->root_components;
$is_bp_dir = array_keys($bp->active_components);
This should do the trick! Please make this change before activating the plugin.
BuddyPress Live notification is a plugin any Buddypress fan would just fall in love with. It’s a Facebook like live notification system that shows an unread notification in your buddybar and also a fade in notification pop bubble just like Facebook. Here’s a screenshot.
Though this plugin is a must-have with one of its kind excellent features, it’s refreshing mechanism many times conflicts with your site files making your activity reply fields disappear every time it runs a check, which by default is every 10 seconds. This is obviously unacceptable as your users will very soon get irritated with the short 10 seconds window to reply. Also on my test site, the plugin refused to show the fade in bubble-like notification due to a jquery conflict.
There are a few articles online that suggest updating the bpln.js file of this plugin to include jquery nonconflict mode or changing the name of the variable called. Unfortunately there’s pretty much no support documentation for this plugin from BuddyDev. So Here’s how I made this plugin still work for me.
I opened the file named bp-live-notification/bpln.js
This file includes the default refresh interval which is 10 seconds. I simply changed this to 90 seconds so that the interval would be longer giving the user enough time to finish typing his/her reply and post it. To fix the jquery conflict, I changed this line at the top of the bpln.js
Also where ever I could find jq on the rest of the page, I changed it to the new name uma.
uma is my name which can be replaced by any other word
This resolved the conflict so that the bubble notifications started to work and also made living with the in-progress-user-replies disappearing a lot easier.
The good thing is even if the reply fields disappear after our new interval which is 90 seconds, the reply content remains in the field. So if the user clicks on the reply link again, what he’s typed so far is still there.
This is another plugin you don’t want to ignore even though it’s not perfect. At the moment there’s no other Buddypress plugin that does this. RS Buddypress refresh activity adds new updates to your activity stream as and when they happen without a need to refresh the page. The updates appear on top of the steam and can be assigned a highlighting color. This is a plugin to keep because with today’s instant updating networks and apps, your visitors will expect to see the site updates LIVE. It can significantly add to your visitors’ engagement and time spent on your site. To stay updated with what’s happening with the network, all they have to do is keep their activity page open and updates will just keep coming in!
With these great features however there is one disadvantage. Just like the live notifications plugin, this one too while refreshing the activity stream closes any reply fields that are open. This means it’s possible that your site user starts writing a reply to an activity, and after typing halfway, the reply field disappears. The creator of this plugin has not yet released a version that prevents this. Here’s a link to a thread about this issue. It seems the creator is working on something to fix this but as of now we have to work with the version we have.
As a workaround, I changed the interval for this one too from the default 10 seconds (recommended by the plugin creator is 60 seconds) to 90 seconds giving the user enough time to post his/her reply.
I hope these pointers help you make your BuddyPress network successful!