BuddyBoss is a WordPress-based plugin that gives you the tools to build a comprehensive online platform to build communities, deliver training courses and sell memberships. It’s open-source, which means it’s flexible and easy to customise. There is also a BuddyBoss mobile app, which means you can put your community in your members’ pockets. As long as you have a WordPress installation with the BuddyBoss plugin installed you don’t need a standard website. Everything can be run via the app which can be submitted to the Apple and Play stores under your own account.
The plugin is compatible with many of the more popular membership plugins, including WooCommerce and Wishlist Member, and the devs have a “don’t see your favourite? Ask” policy, as they claim it is likely to be compatible without modification.
Subscriptions begin at $205 for 1 site, running up to $295 for 10 sites. Once you have purchased your licence key you gain access to the full support package. You can cancel at any time, and at the end of the year, your licence key becomes inactive. While the plugin itself will continue to function, you would lose access to the updates and support service.
Features and Benefits
- Build social platforms
- Monetise your platforms with membership
- Engage your members with gamification to win achievements and advance through ranks
- LearnDash compatible for easy course delivery
- Drop content to members
- White-label solution gives you the freedom to deploy your branding
- Compatible with most popular page-builders
- Run an online store, selling exclusive merchandise, with WooCommerce compatibility
How to Use BuddyBoss
Getting started with BuddyBoss can take some time as it covers so many features. It’s best to have a clear idea of what you want to achieve before you start. The process is not difficult as the plugin leads you by the hand through each step but it is extensive.
Initially, you can determine whether new members can register, show toolbars for non logged in members and whether you want members to be able to delete their accounts. If you decide to set up the site as a private network then only people who are logged in will be able to see or use any of it.
To test your site, you can create dummy data to ensure everything is working correctly. There are a series of checkboxes so you can populate the relevant portions of your site before real users arrive. Subsequently, you can set up registration forms, security and privacy levels, then start populating the site with your content. This is not a 5-minute setup but there are extensive video and written tutorials on the BuddyBoss site to walk you through.
BuddyBoss effectively lets you build an entire site, pulling together functions that would otherwise be found in numerous plugins. The advantage is that the whole package is designed to work as a unit. The disadvantage is that as with building any site it requires forethought to make sure it functions as intended. BuddyBoss makes the process much easier than it would otherwise be were one building from scratch.