Experimenting with BuddyPress

One of the biggest developments in the WordPress software field this year is the release of the first version of BuddyPress – a social network layer to run on top of WordPress MultiUser (the software that runs UofCBlogs.ca).

The most compelling features of BuddyPress are the ability for members to create their own groups, and to follow activity of their “friends” across multiple blogsites without having to literally follow them to the other sites. It’s like a hybrid of WordPress and Facebook.

I’ll be testing it out for the next little while. If it works out, we’ll probably keep running it here, at least as a “side” blog if not as the “main” blog site for the service…

Sample Wiki Post


I’m testing out the WordPress-Wiki plugin, which allows people to set up blog posts and pages to act as wikis to be editable by all Authors and Contributors of a site, without having to mess around with roles and permissions, or giving everyone Editor or Admin status. Wonder how well it works…


cool. it tracks revisions, and generates the table of contents block automatically, as MediaWiki does. This could be verrrry useful.

testing the new Embed RSS plugin

Trying out the sweet looking new plugin cets_EmbedRSS, which lets you embed any RSS feed into a WordPress post or page.

Ferinstance, here’s (hopefully) a live display of posts from my main blog:

[cetsEmbedRSS id=’http://www.darcynorman.net/feed/rss/’ itemcount=’5′ itemdate=’1′]

And my latest Flickr photos:

[cetsEmbedRSS id=’http://api.flickr.com/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?id=51035644987@N01?=en-us&format=rss_200′ itemcount=’5′ itemdate=’1′ itemcontent=’1′]

and del.icio.us bookmarks:

[cetsEmbedRSS id=’http://feeds.delicious.com/v2/rss/dnorman?count=15′ itemcount=’5′ itemdate=’1′]

Hmm… Looks really, really sweet. But the Flickr feed failed for some reason…

WordPress MultiUser 2.6

This site is now up to date, running the shiniest of shiny versions of WordPress MultiUser – 2.6 – which synchronizes with the “main” WordPress 2.6 version. This means stuff like tagging, image uploading, updated rich text editor, etc… Lots of great stuff.

I’ll do some more testing, but this is looking stable enough to start rolling out. I may need to put together a UofC theme, though…

How ’bout image uploading?