BUDDYPRESS TO WORDPRESS
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If your current social network software isn’t working out for your business, you may be considering migrating to BuddyPress on WordPress. Turning the foundation of your connected online community towards the world’s favorite CMS and website creation platform will ensure that your users get access to an engaging network with even more features and functionality to enjoy.
As a website builder, WordPress powers approximately 35% of the internet. As a CMS, it holds between 50 and 60% of the global market. The BuddyPress software package itself, which is a plugin for WordPress, has over 200,000 active installations. In terms of establishing whether it is the right move to migrate from your social networking software, consider the many advantages that come with the platform.
While most social network software packages offer the typical features and functions that you need for your online community, migrating to BuddyPress on WordPress means that you will have an intuitive platform along with the perks that come with the most widely used CMS. Not only is WordPress known as a powerful blogging platform, but it also offers eCommerce functionality, as well as beautiful design capabilities, giving you the power to build a website and online community that meet your business’s every need.
If you are using a social network or online community platform such as Ning or vBulletin, you will be paying a monthly or annual subscription for it. Ning starts at $25 a month for the basic plan and goes up to $99 a month for the ultimate plan. The level of customer support you receive alongside each subscription goes up incrementally with the basic plan receiving basic support.
On vBulletin, you will have purchased vBulletin 5 Connect for $249 and then paid for the mobile apps separately. If you want to remove the vBulletin branding from your social network at any point, you will need to pay to do that as well. Hosting is excluded, as is phone and ticket support. All in all, it is an expensive investment both upfront and then ongoing for support.
Thankfully, getting your community onto BuddyPress for WordPress means you don’t have to worry about paying for annual fees or support. The software plugin is free to download, as is WordPress, and although you have to pay for website hosting, this can be as little as $2.95 a month with one of the well-known hosting companies.
When it comes to the social network features that BuddyPress has on offer, you can expect a full suite to serve your online community. Users can create and update profiles with profile pictures, connect with and add friends, send private messages, form and join groups, follow activity feeds, engage in community discussions, and even create their own blog.
There are thousands of plugins available to extend the functionality of the software, both free and paid. Similarly, you have access to a library full of themes to customize the look and feel of your social network. Your social media channels can quickly be linked to your webpages and you can drive active user communication through the use of chatbots. You can also generate a powerful contact list through the forms feature, or use plugins that are customized to your choice of an email management system. Anything that is not available from the existing library, and you can hire a developer or design to build something custom to suit you.
On the other hand, paid platforms are more limited in terms of the extra features and add-ons they offer. With a smaller developer pool working on the platform, there are fewer plugins, themes, and templates available to enhance your social network.
If you’re worried about moving to BuddyPress and losing that connection with your audience, consider how WordPress’s advanced SEO capabilities can actually lead to your network driving more engagement. Not only do WordPress SEO plugins such as Yoast allow users to optimize their site’s content to please the search engines, but built-in features such as XML sitemaps help them make sense of and index your content accordingly. If your users are writing blogs across an open network, this can increase the site’s rankings and visibility online.
While you can implement SEO on other social network software, the tools and features will not be as advanced as those you can access on WordPress. With a large developer community working on expanding the platform that powers more websites than any other, rest assured that your social network will have the most advanced SEO tools to boost your rankings within its reach.
If you are ready to make the move and start unpacking the power of BuddyPress and WordPress, we’re ready to help you! Contact WordHerd for a quote on all your migration needs.
WordPress allows sites to have the same functionality Drupal allows, but is much easier to use. By migrating your website to WordPress, you can have the functionality your site requires as well as all the benefits the platform has to offer. Users can manage the site through convenient dashboards and optimize SEO. Administrators can manage levels of access for other users (eg. admins, authors, editors, readers etc.) and perform site updates easily, and the site can remain live for the entire process. Maintaining your site should be an easy process, and WordPress provides the tools you need to make this as convenient as possible.
Migration of your current Drupal site to WordPress is made easy through WordHerd’s migration services. Transitions are made seamlessly through the use of proprietary migration tools and years of experience migrating thousands of sites. We invite you to review our portfolio of previous websites and read the testimonials of some of our satisfied customers.
Your website is the centerpiece of your company and transitioning to a reliable, sustainable, and cost-effective content management system with a wide range of functionality is critical. Through WordHerd’s services you can keep the look and functionality of your current site and enjoy the convenience and the benefits WordPress has to offer.