The first plugin that will be released on BP-Tricks is a great plugin created by Marshall Sorenson (most people might know him as MrMaz the BuddyPress core developer) which allows members to attach their external RSS feed to their profiles. This is a great way of adding meaningful content to your BuddyPress activity stream and it can be used for numerous (awesome) occasions. Readers of BP-Tricks can start using this plugin before it get’s added to the WordPress repo. See it as a nice gesture to give you our early visitors something extra!
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So how does it work?
Every user now has a new page on their profile where they can fill in a RSS feed to attach to their profile.
They just fill in a valid RSS feed url and press the submit button and that’s it! New posts are now added to their profile stream automagically! How easy can it be?
How does the plugin work?
The plugin checks the feed of the user every 60 minutes OR when someone visits their profile directly. This way the entries are always up to date! When a feed is added for the firs time it fetches the three latest feed items and imports them to the user’s activity stream.
Can I customize some of these settings?
Yes you can! You can do this by editing your wp-config.php file in your domain root folder. settings are very easy to change so don’t worry about messing things up! Just open up wp-config.php and add one of the following lines of code:
define( 'BP_MEMBERBLOGS_MAX_FEEDS', 1 ); // the maximum amount of feeds a user can add. keep at 1 to avoid spam problems define( 'BP_MEMBERBLOGS_INITIAL_POSTS_TO_FETCH', 3 ); //initial amount of posts loaded from feed. define( 'BP_MEMBERBLOGS_MAX_POSTS_TO_FETCH', 1 ); //Max amount of posts the fetch at once.
Are there any known issues?
Not that we are currently aware of. But if you find anything be sure to let us know!
Can I make the plugin even more awesome?
Of course you can! If you have added additional features to this plugin please let us know so we can add it to the plugin.
Is there a Demo available?
Just like BP-Tricks uses the BP-Slick Theme for it’s design, we use this plugin to add relevant BuddyPress posts from across the community to the Stream. If you create something awesome, why not use it? For me that’s the biggest advantage of running a tips and tricks community on BuddyPress about Buddypress. You can eat your own dogfood! Just check out the Stream to see the plugin in action!
That’s about it for now. We hope you enjoy using the plugin and that it can increase the activity in your community!