When the initial idea of Explore With Me was discussed, we wanted to create a travel blog as well as allow other travellers to sign up and create their own travel blog. This is when I discovered WordPress MU. After we figured out we could host other blogs, we then decided we should create an online social community for travellers.
This is when I said “OK, good idea, but how the hell do we do that!?!”
I then turned to my trusty friend – Google. I searched for “WordPress + social community” and to my surprise it actually brought some good results.
This is where I met BuddyPress.
BuddyPress is currently in development. It was created by a guy called Andy Peatling who started the development earlier this year. Since then Andy has landed a job with Automattic – the guys who develop WordPress, WordPress MU and anti comment spam plugin Akismet.
BuddyPress is a plugin designed to work with WordPress MU and allows people like me to turn their WordPress MU blog into a social community with functionalities such as adding Friends and Groups, sending Messages and writing Comments.
At the moment the plugin is still in development. The final version is due out at the end of this year.
I am currently running a beta version of the plugin on Explore With Me. Please feel free to sign up and test it out.