Everyone around us is now pretty much occupied with creating an online presence to share their interests, beliefs, likes, dislikes with others. Social Networking sites or commonly community websites make it possible for anyone to join the conversation happening all over the internet. Instead of just reading what others are saying, you can yourself engage in sharing your opinions online.
Communicating in a social network
Once you have joined a social network, you can start posting your thoughts in the form of status updates, your pictures, your mood to certain updates and anything else you would like your friends to know. These posts will appear on your activity feed which will be then visible to your friends. Thus social posts can be considered as a really beneficial part of a social community website.
Few pros of posting status updates and moods on social media include:
- With status updates, you can communicate with a lot of people at the same time.
- It offers a richer social experience than sending emails and messages.
- It increases member engagement on your community website.
- Allowing your members to add moods thus making your community fun, engaging and interactive.
Adding Status Updates To BuddyPress Community
BuddyPress community by default allows its members to post on their profile which is then displayed on activity stream to every member in the community. Blog posts, new friendships, and blog comments are among the most popular activities recorded. Users are also able to filter all of their friends’ activities to check on what they are doing on the site.
However, BuddyPress does not allow users to post, status moods and smileys that will be displayed beside their username. Allowing members to post smileys and moods can be a really fun and interactive way to engage members on your community website.
In order to help you do this, we would suggest you install BuddyPress Reactions and Status on your community website. This plugin is fully integrated and works flawlessly with the BuddyPress plugin.
BuddyPress Reactions and Status
BuddyPress Status is a dedicated BuddyPress addon that allows your community members to update their status with what they are doing at the moment. Moreover, it allows them to set icons such as emojis that appear beside their username on their profile.
This plugin also comes with a collection of an inbuilt set of icons so an admin can easily choose the emojis he wants to show to his members. Furthermore, it allows admin to upload custom emojis and icons from the backend itself.
Features of this plugin include:
Status Icon Options:
Status Icon option allows an admin to set icons he wishes to display at the frontend to his members. An admin can select the set of emoji from a variety of emoji sets available. These emoji will appear beside a member’s username on his profile page.
Activity Reaction Icons:
Icons selected in this setting will be available to give a reaction to activity updates. An admin can drag and drop icons here which will be shown to a member when a member will react on any activity. Activity reactions are important as they act as an engaging option to allows your community members to react to different activities. This will not only make your BuddyPress website look interesting to members but it will also give members the option to express their opinions in the form of reactions.
Furthermore, these play an important role to help BuddyPress communities get more information on what their followers think about the posts they’re sharing.
General settings allow an admin to disable status icons for certain components. These include:
- Disable status icon in activity loop
- Disable status icon at the user profile page
- Disable reaction icon in BuddyPress activity actions
See this plugin live in action:
Make Your Community Engaging With Status And Moods
To bring more members to your BuddyPress community, it is necessary to make it more engaging and interactive for them. Allowing your members to post status, moods, and emojis on their profiles gives them ways to interact with their friends and make their own profile look more beautiful. BuddyPress Status and Reactions is a simple yet very useful plugin that allows your members to do the above-mentioned things in a beautiful way. With this plugin, your members will enjoy coming to your site and updating their moods and emojis now and then.
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