BuddyBoss is the best theme for BuddyPress to create a social networking site, an online course site or a membership website. Everything is perfectly integrated, the look of the theme is beautiful and its configuration is simple.
- LMS integration
- Forum / Groups / Messages (Buddypress features)
- Many integrations
- Great customer support
- Notifications system
Here is what we will talk about in the rest of this article:
Many people have difficulty understanding how BuddyBoss works and what is offered. So we’re going to clear up BuddyBoss and you’ll understand everything!
You have to understand that BuddyBoss works on the basis of BuddyPress and offers 2 different things: BuddyBoss theme and BuddyBoss platform. The latter is free and actually includes BuddyPress + BBPress, so 2 plugins in 1, we’ll see that in detail below.
BuddyBoss, the best BuddyPress Theme
To get to the point, the theme only allows for improving the appearance of the BuddyBoss platform plugin and the performance of the site. This makes it possible to get a site that is up to date, unlike other sites that use BuddyPress.
The theme also allows for integrating various plugins beautifully. We will detail them right after.
Transform your site into an LMS with the Learndash plugin. Users will be able to pay for access to online courses, get access to forums that are connected to the courses. They will be able to answer quizzes, send assignments, obtain certificates… In addition, the integration is perfect and allows a “no distraction” mode.
You will be able to offer access to the courses for free, with a single payment or with a subscription, using Stripe or PayPal.
LearnDash isn’t free, it’s compatible with BuddyBoss mobile app and the pricing/features are more interesting than LifterLMS, so I advise you to use LearnDash.
LearnDash integrated with BuddyBoss :
LifterLMS offers virtually the same as LearnDash and is integrated in the same way. It’s a matter of taste and colors. The only differences are the possibility to offer “private coaching”, it’s affiliate ready with affiliate WP and it’s a lot better for Quiz and statistics. But on the other hand, it’s at least 5 times more expensive than LearnDash to have all the features…
You should also know that LifterLMS offers one plugin per feature. So if you buy their pack at 1000€/year, you will easily find yourself with 50 plugins installed on your site! And the less plugins installed the better!
Lifter LMS integrated with BuddyBoss :
In 2020, having a mobile application is practically essential for a large-scale project. It enhances the user experience and helps to get repeat visitors. Beware, the mobile application offered by BuddyBoss is only compatible with LearnDash!
From what we have seen, they does not specifically advertise prices for mobile app creation. Nevertheless, it will surely be more than $5000. You can see all application demos and even have the opportunity to try them out.
They changed their pricing and mobile app features
Knowing that the site in mobile format is rather responsive, clear, and easy to use, you can use a Progressive Web APP system, learn more here.
It is compatible with hundreds of different plugins and allows to integrate them perfectly with the theme. We have highlighted only the most interesting integrations. You can see all the integrations here.
You can transform your social network website into a classified website, same as the Facebook marketplace for example. You just need to install the free plugin: Another WordPress Classifieds
Hopefully, you can sell products with the plugin Woocommerce, it’s integrated and works really well.
If you want to add an event system with Calendar, ticket booking and that it is integrated into the news feed, it is possible with one of these 2 free plugins: Events calendar or Events manager.
You can use plenty of plugin forms like Ninja Forms, WP Fluent Forms and Gravity Forms.
With Gamify it’s possible to rewards users with points, ranks, badges, or achievements. Gamify is a free plugin, read more about the Gamify integration.
Transform your social network into a free job site with the WP Job Manager plugin. Members can add job offers and apply for the job.
You can give a live chat feature to your users with the iFlychat plugin. There is a free package, you may have to consider switching to a paid offer.
If you want to set up a membership system to give Premium access to your members or simply charge for access to your site, you will need a membership system. You have the choice to use one of these plugins :
- Restrict Content
- Paid Membership Pro
- Ultimate Membership Pro (needs to be set up correctly)
We recommend that you use the WPRocket plugin which is adapted to BuddyBoss and is one of the best cache plugins.
BuddyBoss has thought of everything, there are even the most popular page builders formidably integrated. Here is a list of supported page builders:
If you don’t know which one to choose, we recommend using the elementor plugin (free). You will even be able to use elementor for forum discussions or other purposes!
With the WP Project Manager plugin, you will be able to set up a project management system. With the premium version you can have all the following features :
- To-do List
- Kanban Board for WordPress
- Gantt Chart for WordPress
- Time Tracker
- Invoice for Charging Clients
- BuddyPress for WordPress
- SubTask for more simple task management system
- WooCommerce Integration
- Slack Integration
- Managing projects from frontend
BuddyBoss has made an effort on the integration of almost all SEO plugins. But no I’m kidding, as BuddyBoss is a fork of BuddyPress, it’s BuddyPress that we have to thank!
Supported plugins are :
- All in One SEO pack
- RankMath ❤
- Yoast SEO
BuddyBoss Platform, the BuddyPress and BBPress fork
This plugin is a fork of BuddyPress and BBPress. Buddyboss has somehow brought the 2 plugins together into 1 and improved their functionality. So you can use this extension for free instead of BuddyPress while keeping the same compatibilities and functioning.
The Buddyboss Platform is and always will be 100% free and open-source under the GPLv2 license.
Everything in a community website revolves around its members. Customize your community with fully editable profile fields that allow members to share details about themselves.
- Custom Profile Types: Every community is unique. You can create as many profile types as you want, name them however you want, and set different rules and settings depending on the profile type.
- Custom Profile Fields: Depending on the type of user, you can gather and display different information on their profile that allows members to share details about themselves.
- Profile Permissions & Rules: Assign WordPress roles to different member types. Restrict paying members to the member directory or give them extra profile fields.
The BuddyBoss Platform allows members to organize themselves into public, private or hidden social areas with separate activity feeds and member listing.
- Group Type: Every community is unique. Create public, private or hidden groups and set different rules and settings depending on the group type.
- Group Invites: Allow all group members, organizers, and/or moderators to invite other users to the group.
- Group Organizers, Moderators: Create organizers or moderators within a group to control who can edit the group, post activity, or invite users.
- Group Activity: Allow all group members, organizers, and/or moderators to post into the group activity feed.
Create a discussion forum to allow members of a group to communicate in a structured, bulletin-board style fashion.
- Group Forums: Each group can create its own discussion forum. Several groups can optionally be attached to the same discussion forum.
- Smart Embeds: It allows users to automatically embed YouTube videos, Twitter tweets, Facebook posts, and Instagram photos directly into topics and replies.
Allow members to make connections with one another and focus on those they care about most.
Allow members to send a private message. Messages can be sent to one member or a group of members.
Allow members to send email invitations for non-members to join the network.
Notify members of relevant activity with a toolbar bubble and/or via email and allow them to customize their notification settings
Allow members to search the entire network, along with custom post types of your choice, all in one unified search bar.
- Activity Feeds: Global, personal, and group activity feeds with threaded commenting, direct posting, @mentions, #hashtags, and email notification support.
- Global, personal, and group feeds: Turn your groups into a two-way “Wall” for a more interactive experience. Let your members write on each other’s Walls and “Like” each other’s posts.
- Multimedia Posting: Let your users upload photos and organize them into albums, from their phones, tablets or laptops.
- @mentions: Users can @mention other registered users on the site. The mentioned user will receive a notification of the post.
- Email Notifications: Edit and create email notifications just like posts and pages. The BuddyBoss platform features a customizable email API.
Albums & Media
Members can upload photos, organize them into albums, and tag their friends!
Branded & Customized Emails
The BuddyBoss platform features a customizable email API. Customize and rebrand emails to suit the design and copy needs of your company.
Create a private community by restricting site access to only logged-in members. Login and Registration pages will remain publicly visible.
Although BuddyBoss Platform displays in U.S. English by default, the theme has the built-in capability to be used in any language.
Set WordPress to a right-to-left language and BuddyBoss Platform automatically changes to a beautiful RTL layout.
It gives individuals more access and choice when it comes to how their own personal data is collected, used, and shared with built-in GDPR configurations.
BuddyBoss vs BuddyPress
What are the differences between BuddyBoss vs BuddyPress
BuddyPress is a FREE WordPress plugin giving you some social features such as Private messaging, member profiles, group… And BBPress is a FREE WordPress plugin offering a Forum system, they are both compatible.
As it is Opensource, BuddyBoss has created a fork of these two plugins to bring them together in their BuddyBoss platform plugin. The plugin is free like Buddypress, but BuddyBoss offers a WordPress theme that is the Best current BuddyPress theme, plus also the customer support that is needed when your website has a lot of traffic.
|Forum Discussions||❌ (BBPress required)||✅|
|Email Invites (invite users to the network)||❌||✅|
|Network Search (search all social components)||❌||✅|
|Profile Repeater fields||❌||✅|
|Profile Gender fields||❌||✅|
|Profile Social Network fields||❌||✅|
|Advanced Profile Search||❌||✅|
|Profile Types Management||❌||✅|
|Group Types Management||❌||✅|
|Self-selection of profile type||❌||✅|
|Custom URL Registration||❌||✅|
|Custom Profile Name Formats||❌||✅|
|Grid and List View settings||❌||✅|
|Activity Link Previews||❌||✅|
|Customizable Activity Post Types||❌||✅|
|Profile Completion widget||❌||✅|
|Restrict Messaging to Connections||❌||✅|
|Intuitive Threaded Messaging Experience||❌||✅|
|Advanced LearnDash Integrations||❌||✅|
|Lazy Loading of content||❌||✅|
|Admin can “View As” any other member||❌||✅|
|Beautiful email templates with site logo||❌||✅|
|REST API||✅||Coming Soon|
|Event Based, Cached REST API||❌||Coming Soon|
|Documentation with video tutorials||❌||✅|
|Github for Open Source||❌||✅|
|Starter Add-on for developers||❌||✅|
|Public Product Roadmap||❌||✅|
|Public list of verified integrations||❌||✅|
|Dedicated Theme, updated at same time||❌||✅|
|24/7 support for paying customers||❌||✅|
|Full time, paid development team||❌||✅|
|Mobile app solution, built by the same team||❌||✅|
How much does BuddyBoss cost?
Just to make it clear, the BuddyBoss offer includes the BuddyBoss theme with the “BuddyBoss Platform” plugin which is free of charge. There will however be 1 year of included updates plus 1 year of premium support. Getting customer support allows you to avoid big problems if you have a site that generates a lot of money and visitors.
Why you should use BuddyBoss?
First of all, BuddyBoss has a really great look and doesn’t look like any other theme suitable for BuddyPress. It’s definitely the most user experience friendly and it works similarly to Facebook, making it easier for the user to get used to your site.
Moreover, it’s relatively easy to configure, the performance is amazing, the site loads quickly and everything works very well. There is no way you will be disappointed by BuddyBoss, I guarantee it! It’s even amazing to be able to have such a site with WordPress.
If you want to create a social network, like Facebook for example, with the following features, BuddyBoss is for you!
- Member profile
- Add as a friend
- Sending private messages
- Create and manage groups
- Forums and discussions
Be careful to have an adapted web hosting if you have tens of thousands of members connected at the same time!
Create an online courses platform
If you want to create an online course platform, with groups and forums dedicated to training, reward members with a gaming system, and so on, the BuddyBoss theme is the best choice you can make. We advise you to use LearnDash but it is possible to use LifterLMS.
Don’t worry, it is possible to remove the social network features and offer only an online course platform.
Create a membership website
If you want to create a membership website, to give access to paid content for example, or for a specific community (dating sites, niche sites…), BuddyBoss allows you to do this with the help of membership plugins. You have several choices, depending on your needs.
Create an intranet website (for a company)
It is possible to create an intranet for your company. Simply check a button and it only allows your company’s employees to have access to the site. Magic!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Buddyboss?
Buddyboss is a BuddyPress theme. You can create a social network using this theme.
The actual BuddyPress plugin is using an outdated layout. Using Buddyboss enhance this layout and make it beautiful and powerful. You also get more features and support by using BuddyBoss!
Do I have to pay monthly?
Unfortunately, you can’t pay monthly, you will have to pay annualy.
How long do I get the updates?
You will pay to get the BuddyBoss Theme and also 1 year support and updates. If you don’t renew your subscription, you can still use the plugin but you will not get the updates and support.
How long do I get the support?
When you purchase the theme, you will get the included support for 1 year. If after this period you need to contact support, you will have to pay for another 1 year.
Does it work with the … plugin?
Buddyboss can mostly be integrated with many famous plugins.
Does it work with Woocommerce?
Yes it works smoothly with Woocommerce.