How to Create a Social Network For a Niche-Related Community
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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.
3.4 (36 ratings)
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Created by Maya Bielik
Last updated 9/2016
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 min on-demand audio
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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  • Basic computer knowledge
  • Not being afraid of trying new and exciting things like getting a website online!

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.
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
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Curriculum For This Course
39 Lectures
Introduction to the Course and to Online Communities
2 Lectures 05:10
Preparations - Hosting, Domain and WordPress Installation.
3 Lectures 05:35
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
Start Creating Your Website with WordPress - Theme, Plugins, Menus and Widgets
6 Lectures 22:28
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
BuddyPress - Creating an Online Community and Configuring Your Network
4 Lectures 07:13
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
Working with BuddyPress
13 Lectures 42:41
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!
Final Touches Before Launching Your Community!
2 Lectures 11:14
Adding a Contact Form to Your Website

Implementing Community-Related Widgets in Your Website
How to Keep Your Community Alive and Attract New People to Join
3 Lectures 05:07
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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1 Lecture 01:24
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About the Instructor
Maya Bielik
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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!

See you on the screen,