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BuddyPress plugins running on the CUNY Academic Commons

A few people have asked recently for a list of the plugins installed on the CUNY Academic Commons. In the spirit of Joe’s post, here I thought I’d make it public. I’m going to limit myself to the BuddyPress plugins here, for the sake of simplicity. (I’d like to write a series of posts on the anatomy of the CUNY Academic Commons; maybe this will be the first in that series.) Here they are, in no particular order other than the order in which they appear on my plugin list.

  • BP TinyMCE. This plugin is messed up, and I have part of it switched off, but I still use the filters that allow additional tags through, in case people want to write some raw HTML in their forum posts, etc.
  • BP Groupblog. Allows blogs to be associated with groups, displaying posts on that group’s activity feed and automatically credentialing group members on the blog. I did some custom modifications to the way the plugin works so that clicking on the Blog tab in a group leads you to subdomain address rather than the Groupblog custom address (thereby also ensuring that visitors see the intended blog theme rather than the BP-ish theme).
  • BP MPO Activity Filter. This plugin works along with More Privacy Options to ensure that the new privacy settings are understood by Buddypress and that blog-related activity items are displayed to the appropriate people.
  • BuddyPress Group Documents. This one is crucial to our members, who often use the plugin to share collaborative docs.
  • BP Include Non-Member Comments makes sure that blog comments from non-members are included on the sitewide activity feed.
  • BP External Activity – an as-yet unreleased plugin I wrote that brings in items from an external RSS feed and adds them to the sitewide activity feed. We’re using it for MediaWiki edits.
  • BP Group Management lets admins add people to groups. Very handy for putting together a group quickly, without having to wait for invites.
  • BP System Report. We’re using this one to keep track of some data in our system and report it back to members and administrators.
  • BuddyPress Group Email Subscription allows users to subscribe to immediate or digest email notification of group activity. Right now we’re running it on a trial basis with a handful of members, in order to test it. (Here’s how to run it with a whitelist of users, if you want)
  • BuddyPress Terms of Service Agreement, another as-yet-unreleased plugin (this one by CAC Dev Team member Chris Stein) that requires new members to check TOS acceptance box before being allowed to register.
  • Custom Profile Filters for BuddyPress allows users to customize the way that their profile interests become links
  • Enhanced BuddyPress Widgets. Lets the admin decide the default state of BP widgets on the front page.
  • Forum Attachments for BuddyPress. Another of our most important BP plugins, this one allows users to share files via the group forums.
  • Group Forum Subscription for BuddyPress. This is our legacy email notification system, which is going to be in place until I get back from my honeymoon and can replace it 🙂
  • Invite Anyone lets our users invite new members to the community and makes it easier to populate groups.

Questions about any of these plugins or how they work with BuddyPress? Ask in the comments.

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  1. ynw says

    Thank you for sharing this list. It’s going to be very useful over here!

  2. Driftless1 says

    Your said “I did some custom modifications to the way the plugin works so that clicking on the Blog tab in a group leads you to subdomain address rather than the Groupblog custom address (thereby also ensuring that visitors see the intended blog theme rather than the BP-ish theme).”

    Would you be so kind as to share these modifications? I just started pulling the plugin apart myself to achieve this but why re-modify the wheel? Thanks!

    An aside: your insights and input into the buddypress world have been invaluable. Thanks!

  3. Driftless1 says

    Actually – on second glance – it looks like this feature is included in the new version? Cheers!

  4. Sebastian Crump says

    Ooo, the External Activity plugin looks interesting too (although a widget would probably suffice for our purposes) are there any release plans?

  5. Boone Gorges says


  6. Boone Gorges says

    The plugin is now available through This is another one that I’d like to rework so that it’s a bit more easily customizable, but in the meantime I hope it helps you!

  7. Boone Gorges says

    BTW you should relatively easily be able to make a widget out of the content pulled in by this plugin. Since you can define a custom activity type (something like ‘new_wiki_edit’), you can use bp_has_activities( ‘type=new_wiki_edit’ ) (or whatever your type is) in the contents of a PHP-enabled widget. It’ll take some styling, but most of the hard work is already done for you.

  8. Sebastian Crump says

    Thanks – yet to start digging into code. We’ll probably have to out-source development, as while I have basic PHP background I don’t think I’ll have the time to get fully into it unfortunately 🙁

  9. matthew w says

    thank for sharing this list! truly helpful. any significant updates or amendments?

  10. Matt Price says

    I would love to hear more about what you use, and especially about what non-bp plugins are essential. One option for our department website (up at Unvierstiy of Toronto History Dept) would involve a group-oriented intranet, and buddypress is one option. Academic Commons seems like a great model for that. Thanks!

  11. Daniel Schulz-Jackson says


    Is this list kept up-to-date? I’m thinking the common-good-awesomeness factor of keeping it (or a static page) up to date would be significant. Thanks for all your awesome contributions to the BP community community.

  12. Boone Gorges says

    Hey Daniel. It’s not really kept up-to-date, but at the same time it’s still pretty much accurate. Very soon I plan to start a FAQ section of this dev blog, with a bit more info about our setup – including a list of BP plugins used. Thanks for the prod.

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