Murder by Death
Ok, I’ve got Buddy Press installed and here are my thoughts as I flip through the settings (which are both directly off the plug-in itself, and sprinkled throughout the other Admin menu settings).
Plug-in settings and Admin Settings: This has
4 3 tabs (the last one is just a credit page).
Components: the only two I didn’t turn on are Friend Connections, because we’re a small group anyway (though if everyone would want it?) and Site Tracking, which will “Record activity for new posts and comments from your site” – I left it off because it says “tracking”, though it might be something else entirely.
Options: There are heaps of settings here, all of which I turned on except for “Allow registered members to invite new members to join this network.” I left this off because it was mentioned earlier that we’d want invites to be at the consensus of the group.
Pages: This tab allows us to associate pages to 3 categories: 1. Members (might be our “about me” problem solved?); 2. Activity Streams, and 3. User Groups.
Users Menu: It adds several additional tools to this menu, but all save the last one are concerned with User Registration, which we have turned off for the site because – private. The last setting though is Site Notices, which are notices shown at front end of your site to all logged-in users. That could be really handy.
It also adds a new tab to Users Profile called Extended Profile. This is very simple at the moment (just name and avatar), because we need to add custom fields for it under the Profile Fields sub menu. This might give us an About Us option that we’ve been discussing.
Groups Menu (in Admin): Allows us to create groups: Public, Private, Hidden. If nothing else, this might make planning for future games easier, as we can create private groups for discussion. There’s also a “Group Type” screen where it looks like we can create new group types (beyond hidden, public, private?). Not sure what that’s about.
Emails Menu (in Admin): This looks to be a list of templates you can use to send various emails, or that are used as notifications for users if they choose to received them.
I think that’s it – at least that I’ve been able to find. I noticed that there’s a new notification thing on my Admin tool bar, which I’m hoping will work.
How to see the Admin Toolbar: Under User profile, look for the checkbox that says “Show Toolbar when viewing this site” and check it. Save settings.