BuddyExtender: A Plugin for Configuring Internal BuddyPress Settings

photo credit: 	Drew Patrick Miller
photo credit: Drew Patrick Miller

The BuddyPress codex has a long list of internal configuration settings that are not exposed in the plugin’s admin settings page. These are short definition lines that can be added to a site’s bp-custom.php file to make changes to BuddyPress default settings.

BuddyExtender is a new plugin from the development team at WebDevStudios that aims to make it easier for community managers to access extra configuration options. The plugin puts a dozen internal BuddyPress settings at your fingertips, including avatar sizes, autocomplete settings, the ability to disable @mentions, and more.

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Once installed, the plugin can be configured at Settings -> BuddyExtender in the admin. Each setting has an explanation on the plugin’s homepage on Pluginize, WebDevStudio’s new plugin shop. Some of these settings have the ability to powerfully affect the display of your BuddyPress site, so its creators warn users to try it on a test environment before going live with their selections. The team plans to add more options to the plugin in the future. You can download BuddyExtender for free from WordPress.org.

16 Comments


  1. Nice one. Thanks for sharing that.

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    1. Oh, now I see.. Unlike the image in your post, the installed and activated plugin is a friggin billboard.

      Three advertising campaign links are within the settings page with banner adds which have nothing to do with the plugin.

      Too bad.

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      1. Report it to WP. They’ll either nuke it or at least encourage the author to remove the crap.

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      2. Plenty of WordPress plugins, including plugins released by Automattic (Think Jetpack with VaultPress) promote other plugins and services. It’s not illegal by any means.

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      3. Perhaps you should READ the Plugin Guidelines:

        In general, things like banner or text link advertising should not be anywhere in a plugin, including on its settings screen. Advertising on settings screens is generally ineffective anyway, as ideally users rarely visit these screens, and the advertising is low quality because the advertising systems cannot see the page content to determine good ads. So they’re best just left off entirely. Putting links back to your own site or to your social-network of choice is fine. If the plugin does include advertising from a third party service, then it must default to completely disabled, in order to prevent tracking information from being collected from the user without their consent. This is the method commonly known as “opt-in”.

        Note that if you do include what we consider to be “advertising spam”, or attempt to game somebody else’s advertising system, then we will not only remove your plugin, but also report your code to the advertising system’s abuse mechanism as well. We do not react kindly to spam. Don’t try it.

        Your plugin has been reported for this violation. Good luck.

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      4. Did you report WordPress SEO, All in One SEO, Jetpack, etc, etc, etc? Of course you didn’t because you aren’t arguing with them for internet fame and fortune.

        Just as it reads it’s a rule “in general” and really reads more like paid advertising, not advertising a premium version of the plugin you are using.

        This is certainly not a rule I’ve seen enforced when advertising premium versions, which is the big difference here.

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      5. Are ads in a free plugin’s setting page that awful? They will be very related soon :)

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      6. Too bad you can’t yet attach LED lights to them. I’m sure you would if you could.. ;)

        The thing that gets me is the size of the images. Why do you need them so big? That’s what I meant by “friggin billboard”. And I don’t mind if they are related to the plugin. Glad to know you plan to make them more related to the plugin.

        Nice plugin, by the way.

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      7. If I was arrogant I would use something much cooler than the blink tag, like LED lights.

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      8. LOL you are amusing.. That’s why I brought it up here. I know you watch this site. Thought I would have some fun with it.

        Like I said, I like the plugin. ;)

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  2. I installed and activated the plugin to take a look at the advertising and on a wide screen monitor, it’s not that bad. The images are pretty big but the advertising is for related plugins and services the company offers.

    https://cloudup.com/cpR3fM_YNU4

    I don’t see a problem with that. MonsterInsights which I reviewed a few weeks ago does the same exact thing. If a plugin is going to advertise something, its settings page is the place to do it. Advertising outside of this area is a big no no for me.

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