How to Use BuddyPress


What is BuddyPress?

Liberty Fencing Club’s web site is equipped with a system called BuddyPress, which provides members and staff with many of the same features that are available in social media web sites like Facebook and Google Plus. Following are instructions on how to establish an account, manage your own activity stream, participate in groups and forums, communicate privately with other members, and do much more using BuddyPress. By the way, LFC has accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, as well as an RSS feed. All of those accounts are accessible using the icons located at the top and the bottom of each page on our web site.

Logging In

On each page of the LFC web site, there is a sidebar on the right that includes widgets for log in, search, recent posts, archives and news feeds. The log in widget looks like this:

LogInWidget

If you already have an account, just enter your user name and password in the designated inputs, and click on the button labeled, “Log In”. If you do not have an account, click on the Register link. When you click on the Register link, you will see a page that accepts information about you, which appears as follows:

CreateAnAccount

Most of the inputs are required. Please enter all of the information requested and click on the button labeled, “Complete Sign Up”.

The system will submit your request to our administrator for approval. Once approved, you will receive notification by email that you have access to your account. Then you will be able to log in using the widget as shown above.

When you log in, the system displays the LFC home page. The log in widget changes so that only your picture, your name, and a link to “Log Out” appear, such as the following:

LogInWidgetAfterLogIn

You now have access to the members only section of the LFC web site, including activities, groups, forums, and a list of members. These features are accessible from the menu item labeled, “For Members”. To Log out, click on the “Log Out” link under your name.

There is also a menu of options available from the top of the page. Hover your mouse pointer of the “Howdy” message in the upper right corner of the page. The system will display a drop down menu:

MyAccountDropDown

As you can see, this menu provides access to many BuddyPress features.

After you log in, the log in widget presents your profile picture, your name, and the “Log Out” hyperlink. It is visible in the sidebar on the right side of each page, and looks like this:

LogInWidgetAfterLogIn

To get access to your account, click on the picture or your name. The system will display a page that looks like this:

PersonalActivity01

Since this is a new account, there is no activity displayed on the page. To post a new message, just start typing in the space below the text, “What’s new, Maya?” Of course, you will see your name in place of Maya’s. The widget will appear as follows:

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You may type as much text as you wish, using the Enter key for separate lines. When you’re finished, just click on the “Post Update” button and Presto! Your new activity appears as follows:

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Below the message are buttons for you to add comments, designate a favorite, or delete the post. Other members can add comments and designate your post as a favorite, also. Only you can delete it.

Suppose you would like to do more than just broadcast a text message. The system enables you to share a picture, a video, or a hyperlink. Just click one of the icons below the message text. For example, this is what the widget looks like if you click on the camera icon:

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The system displays options to upload a file, add an image URL, or cancel the action. Let’s say the picture image is stored on your computer. Click on the first option. The file selection dialog box will appear. Use it to locate and select the file that holds the image. Add some text that describes the picture. The widget will appear as follows:

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You may upload additional files, if you wish. Just click on “Upload a file”. When finished uploading and typing, click on the “Add photos” button. Your new post will look like this:

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If you are referencing a picture that is accessible elsewhere on the Internet, click on “Add image URL” and type the URL in the space provided. You may share a video clip in a similar manner. Just click on the icon that looks a little film strip. If there is something else you would like to share, click on the little chain link icon. From there, you can share a hyperlink to any content anywhere on the Internet.

You may have noticed that above the activity widget, there is a series of links and a drop-down menu like this:

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These options enable you to select the posts you want to see. For example, if you just want to see posts where you are mentioned, click on “Mentions”. Likewise, you may click on “Favorites”, “Friends”, or Groups” to see favorite posts, posts from your friends, or posts from your groups, respectively. The drop-down menu on the right-hand side gives you even more options:

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This feature is called a filter because it enables you to see one type of message and hide the rest.

Click on the menu, “For Members”, or the sub-menu, “Activity”, near the top of the page. You will see the site-wide activity stream, which appears as follows:

SiteWideActivity01

The site-wide activity stream is very similar to your personal activity stream, except that information posted by all of the members is visible here.

Following the page title is a widget that enables the user to make updates, including text, images, video, and hyperlinks. There is also a tab where the user can view posts where she is mentioned. Following that widget is the filter box, and then the list of activities. Below each activity, there are buttons that enable the user to add comments or designate favorites.

Since the filter box is currently set to “Everything”, all of the posts made by other members are visible. Click on the drop down box labeled, “Show”, to select the kind of activity that interests you:

SiteWideActivity02

To post a message, just type it in the space under “What’s new?” For example, see below:

SiteWideActivity03

If you only want to post a message, just click on the button labeled, “Post Update”. If you have an image or video or hyperlink you would like to attach to your message, click on the corresponding icon beneath the message. For example, if you click on the little camera, the system displays these additional inputs:

SiteWideActivity04

The system provides options to upload a file from your computer, or insert the URL (address) of an image that is accessible through the Internet. Let’s say you wish to upload a file. When you click on that option, the file selection dialog appears. Use it to locate and identify the image file. Click on the Open button. The inputs will appear as follows:

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Click on “Add photos”. The system will post the message, along with the image. The result will be as follows:

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Below your picture on your personal activity page, there is a series of hyperlinks that appear as follows:

PersonalActivityOptions01

Click on “Profile” to get access to your profile. The system will display a page that looks like this:

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Notice that the second line of hyperlinks has changed. To edit your profile, click on “Edit”. The system will display the following:

YourProfile03

Let’s say you wish to change your primary weapon. Click on the drop-down menu, select your weapon, and click on the “Save Changes” button. Now let’s change your profile picture. Click on “Change Profile Photo”. The system will display the following:

YourProfile04

Suppose the picture image is stored on your computer. Click on “Choose File”. The system will display the file selection dialog box. Use it to locate and select the file where your image is stored. Then click “Upload Image”. The page will appear as follows:

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The system gives you the opportunity to crop the image, if you wish. You may adjust the borders using the selection box as desired. Then click on “Crop Image”. Your updated profile will appear as follows:

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BuddyPress has a feature that enables members to send private messages to each other. Below your picture on your personal activity page, there is a series of hyperlinks that appear as follows:

PersonalActivityOptions01

Click on “Messages”. The system will display a page that looks like this:

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Since this is a new account, no messages have been sent or received yet. To send a message, click on “Compose”. The following will appear:

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In the first box, type the user name of the person to whom you would like to send the message. If you don’t know his/her user name, you can look it up on the Members page. See the Members section on this page for instructions on how to do that.

Type the subject of your message in the Subject box, and the message text, in the Message box. For example, see below:

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Click on “Send Message”. The page will appear as follows:

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Now suppose that aek12345 responds. After refreshing the page, it will appear as follows:

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There is now one message in the Inbox from Angelica Kaplan. To read the message, click on the subject:

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To send a reply, just type some text in the input box and click on “Send Reply”.

Did you notice that next to the message in the Inbox, there are actions, “Read” and “Delete”? Use them to mark the message as read/unread, or to delete the message, respectively. You can do the same thing for several messages at the same time. Click on the checkbox next to the messages, and then select one of the actions from the drop-down list, “Bulk Actions”.

There is also a search feature. Above the list of messages on the right hand side, there is a search box you can use to find messages. Just type some text in the box and click on “Search”. The system will display messages that contain the text you entered.

Yes, you can use BuddyPress to connect with your friends at the club. Below your picture on your personal activity page, there is a series of hyperlinks that appear as follows:

PersonalActivityOptions01

Click on “Friends”. The system will display a page that looks like this:

Friends01

Since this is a new account, no friends are listed. You may use the Members page to add friends. See the Members section on this page for instructions on how to do that.

 

The club has created several groups for students with common interests. Select the option, For Members -> Groups, from the menu near the top of the page. You will see a page that looks like this:

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Select the group that would you like to join and click on the “Join Group” button to the right of the group’s name. If you would like to see more information about the group, click on the group’s name or profile picture. The system will display a page such as the following:

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From this page, you have access to the group’s forum and a list of members, and you may invite other members to join.

Below your picture on your personal activity page, there is a series of hyperlinks that appear as follows:

PersonalActivityOptions01

Click on “Groups”. The system will display a page that looks like this:

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This page displays the groups you have joined. You may also view invitations to join a group. If you and your friends would like to form your own group, you may ask the staff to create one for you.

For each group, there is a forum for students with common interests. Select the option, For Members -> Groups, from the menu near the top of the page. You will see a page that looks like this:

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At this time, there are three forums available, one for each group. Click on the forum’s name to get access to the forum. You may also get access from the corresponding group page. The system will display the forum page like this one:

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Since the user is a member of the Competitive Foil group, she has access to all of the features provided by the forum. To create a new topic, type the title in “Topic Title”, and type the text of your topic in the space below. Utilize the buttons to format the text as desired. Optionally, you may type relevant tags in the topic tags. Select the check box if you wish to receive notification by email whenever someone replies. See the following example:

 

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Click on the Submit button to create the topic. The resulting post will appear as follows:

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You may reply to any post on the forum using the “reply to” feature that follows, as shown below:

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If you click on the Home tab, you will see a page that looks a lot like an activity stream, with a feature that enables you to post text, pictures, video clips, and hyperlinks, as shown below:

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The Members page enables you to browse all of the BuddyPress members and connect with your friends. Select the option, “Members,” from the “For Members” menu near the top of the page. The system will display a page that looks like the following:

Members01

If you would like to designate one of the members as your friend, click on the button, “Add Friend,” located to the right of that member’s name. The system will automatically transmit a friendship request to the member you selected. When that member logs in, he/she will see the invitation in notifications:

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To see the friendship request, click on the notification text, “You have a friendship request…” The system will display the following:

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To accept the friend request, click on the “Accept” button. Maya will see the following in her notifications:

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Maya will also see Angelica listed among her friends as shown below:

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If you would like to see more information about one of the members, click on the member’s name or profile picture. The system will display a page like the following:

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The member’s user name is the text following the commercial AT sign ‘@’. Angelica’s user name is “aek12345”. Notice that BuddyPress provides options for sending a public message or private message, in addition to the member’s friends, groups, forums, mentions, etc. Below the options is the member’s public activity stream.

You may wish to change some of the settings that configure things like your password and email address, and when the system sends you notifications by email. Below your picture on your personal activity page, there is a series of hyperlinks that appear as follows:

PersonalActivityOptions01

Click on “Settings”. The system will display a page that looks like this:

Settings01

From here, you may change your password or email address. If you wish to change or or the other, you must enter your current password. If you forgot your password, click on “Lost your password?” and follow the instructions. To change your email address, type the new address in the box under “Account Email”. To change your pass word, type the new password in the boxes under “Change Password”. Then click on “Save Changes”.

Click on the “Email” link. The system will display a page that looks like this:

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As you can see, the system is configured by default to send you a message by email whenever any of the events listed occurs. If you wish to turn off email notification for any of these events, select the corresponding radio buttons under the “No” column, and click on “Save Changes”.