How to Create a Social Network For a Niche-Related Community

Learn how to build a fully functional online community website to start a niche-related network, using Buddypress.
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  • Lectures 39
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 7/2015 English

Course Description

An online community is a great place for people with the same interest to share their thought, experiences and stories with each other. This course will teach you how to build a social network that would allow your members to make friendship connections, to send messages to each other, to share ideas and statuses on a site-wide activity stream, and you will also learn how to create niche-related groups to make your network even more interesting. You don't need to have any former experience with Wordpress and/or Buddypress, which are the platforms we will use in this course, since i show you how to use them.

Course Structure

The course is built in a "Learn by Watching" way, which is my favourite way of teaching and learning. I simply show you where i click and how i do everything on my screen, so you can see and imitate in your own system.

The course will take about 2 hours to complete and i suggest you watch it on a tablet if you own one, so you can put it besides your computer while you work on your community website.

Here are the steps we will go through in this course:

  • Website hosting - you will need one to get your platform online
  • Wordpress installation
  • Adding Wordpress (free) theme
  • Learn Wordpress basics - content, menus, theme options, plugins, widgets
  • Buddypress installation and configuration
  • Network components and how to work with them

What kind of network will i learn to build

The network you will build depends on your needs. I will give you all the tools you can use in order to create a network with the most possibilities Buddypress can provide, and it's yours to take what you need from it. You can build a public community for anyone to join. You can build a secret community for specific people with restricted content to make sure it stays private. You can build a half-public half-private community with the help of groups - where you can decide which ones are public, which ones are restricted and which ones are even hidden from a guest viewer.

I will teach you how to work with every component of Buddypress, and you can decide which one you need and want to use. If you don't want to let your members create friendship connections - you can deactivate this option. If you don't need groups - don't use them. If you don't want your members to be able to communicate through private messages - just don't allow it. Buddypress is such a flexible platform that you can really fit it to your needs and even change your configurations with a click of a button later on if you decide you want to add/remove a specific component.

Who should take this course?

  • Anyone looking for people with a common interest to talk and share thoughts with
  • Bloggers who want to take their blog to a new level and start an online community where they can engage with their readers
  • Families who want to keep in touch in a special way - by creating a private family online community where they can share photos, videos and experiences with each other
  • Businesses who want to raise credibility and connections with their customers by creating a warm space where they can keep in touch with them and talk a bout their products/services
  • Promoters of a specific product who want to promote it in a unique way and create a social network around it
  • Group of parents who want to create a convenient place where they can discuss about their children's activities for example - a community for a sport team, a class, etc.
  • Group of friends who want to share more than words with each other by creating a (private) online community where they can communicate

Additional CostsThe only additional cost you might have (unless you already have a hosting account) is to the hosting provider. The costs vary from 4$-12$ per month depending on the company, and you should do your research about which provider would fit your website needs the most. In the course you will see how i sign up with one of the hosting companies and get a free domain for the first year.You might also be interested in getting a premium Wordpress theme, but that is not a necessity - the theme we will work with in this course is free and is good enough to keep it this way and to create a beautiful website and network.

What are the requirements?

  • Basic computer knowledge
  • Not being afraid of trying new and exciting things like getting a website online!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Build a beautiful, fully functional online network ready to welcome new members
  • Create a public or private online community
  • Work with Wordpress and Buddypress
  • Configure the various network abilities
  • Take control of any aspect of the network as the system administrator
  • Create a network which includes friendship connections, messaging system, groups, forums, photo and video sharing and more

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for new and advanced Wordpress users who want to get into the online communities world
  • No prior website building experience is needed
  • Anyone who wants to create a place where they can share thoughts, photos, videos and experiences with a group of people should take this course

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to the Course and to Online Communities
Introduction to the Course
Ideas of Online Communities You Can Build
Section 2: Introduction to BuddyPress
What Is BuddyPress and Why You Should Create Your Community With This Platform
Successful BuddyPress-Based Online Communities
This is The Final Website You Will Learn to Create In This Course
Exploring the community you will build - as a member
Course Structure - What Are The Steps of Creating an Online Community
Section 3: Preparations - Hosting, Domain and WordPress Installation.
Registering to a Hosting Account and Getting a Domain Name
Installing Wordpress on Your Website
Deleting Unnecessary Plugins That The Installation Added To Our Website
Section 4: Start Creating Your Website with WordPress - Theme, Plugins, Menus and Widgets
Installing the Free Theme We Will Work With in This Course
Creating Some Static Content Pages for Your Website
Adding a Blog and Creating Blog Posts of Different Categories
Adding a Menu to the Website
Learn How to Work with the Theme Options - Customize Your Website Look and Feel
Using Widgets on the Homepage and on the Sidebar of Your Website
Section 5: BuddyPress - Creating an Online Community and Configuring Your Network
Installing and Activating BuddyPress
Configuring the Community Components - Decide Which Ones You Want to Use
Configuring the Community Pages
Final Settings for Configuring the Community
Section 6: Working with BuddyPress
Adding Community-Related Menu Items to the Website
BuddyPress Built-In Widgets You Can Add to the Sidebar and Homepage
Publishing a Status in the Activity Wall - Similar to the Facebook Wall
Making Friendship Connections With Other Community Members
Working With Messages - Sending Private and Global Messages Between Members
Adding the Sitewide Activity Wall to the Menu
Reaching Links to the Community Components From Different Places in the Website
Preventing Community Members From Accessing Wordpress Dashboard
Privacy Issues in BuddyPress - and How to Solve Them to Allow Ultimate Privacy
Members Profiles and How to Edit Them and Control the Email Notifications
Adding Photo, Video and Link Sharing Options to the Activity Wall
Adding Interest Groups to your Website - to Make it Even More Interesting!
Adding Forums to Your Network - to Give Your Members another Way to Communicate!
Section 7: Final Touches Before Launching Your Community!
Adding a Contact Form to Your Website
Implementing Community-Related Widgets in Your Website
Section 8: How to Keep Your Community Alive and Attract New People to Join
Adding BuddyPress to an Existing Wordpress Website
What is Your Starting Point, and What You Can Do To Bring New Members
More plugins you might find helpful for you community
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Section 9: Conclusion
Thank you for taking the course!

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Instructor Biography

Maya Bielik, In love with online teaching, thrilled to spread knowledge!

Hi, i'm Maya.

I've been building websites since i was 15. What started as a hobby, turned to be my profession 10 years later.

I mostly work with Wordpress, and besides creating websites for customers, i've started giving lectures about this system a few years ago as well.

When i found out about Udemy and the opportunity to teach online, i was thrilled - as i love teaching, and Udemy gives me the option to reach students beyond the boundaries of my country.

After years of bulding websites with Wordpress, i decided to dive into the mobile world and found it to be mysterious and totally different from what i knew up to that point.

Unfortunately i realized that since this niche is quite new, creating mobile apps was far more complicated and expensive than what i was used to with Wordpress. Most softwares and tools available today are very expensive or complicated to understand and require many hours of studying. A moment before giving up, I found a platform that does exactly what I wanted - lets me create an app in a similar way to building a WordPress website! The platform is easy to understand, easy to operate and most importantly - very enjoyable to work with!

I decided to create a course that teaches how to work with this platform, it's called "Create a Native App in 8 Days – Easy as Creating a Website!".

If you don't have the time to learn how to create a full native app, you can take the "WordPress to App – Turn Your Website Into an Android App" which will teach you how to turn your current website into a native Android app which will act as a mirror to your website. This is a flash course, easy to complete. You'll be able to see your app in the store by tomorrow...!

Other than that, you can take my thirdcourse and learn how to create beautiful, professional video montages. This course is FREE.

My moto in the courses is KISS (Keep It Simple, Student!); in my everyday life, i try to find ways how NOT to spend hours over hours of learning how to code and program, by finding the "shortcuts" that people already created, like Wordpress. Then, i take what i learn and pass it over to my students, so you can create amazing things too.

I hope you will find the knowledge you were hoping to gain here, and show me examples of what you have created with the help of my courses - that's what would satisfy me the most!

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