BuddyPress helps you build any type of community website using WordPress, with member profiles, activity streams, user groups, messaging, and more.
The first thing you’ll need to do is install the BuddyPress plugin. I’m going to install it on a fresh WordPress installation, but you can also install it on an existing site.
In your WordPress admin screens, go to Plugins > Add New, and you’ll see BuddyPress displayed prominently in the list of available plugins. Click the Install button followed by the Activate plugin link, and BuddyPress will be installed for you.
There are three aspects to configuring BuddyPress:
- Selecting the components you want to include.
- Creating pages.
- Customizing settings.
The place to start is by selecting components, as that will have a knock-on effect on the other settings.