CNNNJ Website Overview

The CNNNJ website is powered by WordPress. WordPress is a free open-source content management system written in PHP [1]. It was created as blog publishing system, but now has extended into many other applications [2]. The WordPress content is stored in a MySQL database [3]. The WordPress functionality is extended by installing plugins. It’s widely used and runs 60 million websites [4].

To add messaging and networking functionality to the CNNNJ site, the BuddyPress plugin was installed. BuddyPress is an open-source social networking software package [5]. BuddyPress extends the core WordPress functions by adding themes, plugins, and widgets. Many BuddyPress plugins were installed to enable registrations, make non-editable WP fields editable, add member types, sync BuddyPress to WordPress, and add custom fields and field types, for example.

WordPress plugins were installed to comply with the EU cookie law, manage media, restrict access, create, share, and manage events, edit pages and posts, pass event registrants to the CNNNJ email database, enhance authorship, spam management, search engine optimization, and provide internet security. The Molongui Authorship plugin enables guest authors, multiple authors, author boxes, and helps promote CNNNJ member content.

Every user will have a WordPress User Profile that is used to personal their login. Generally, the fields in the WordPress User Profile are not visible directly, but are used to configure what is displayed by WordPress, BuddyPress, or its plugins. Some of the of the plugins described above add customizable fields to the WordPress User Profile and are used by BuddyPress and other plugins to add features that include:

  • Last Activity
  • BuddyPress Profile
  • Notifications
  • Messages
  • Friends
  • Settings

The details on how to use these field to customize your WordPress User profile to create the visible BuddyPress driven member profile will be described in future blogs. User that have a current CNNNJ membership status have the features listed above, are subscribers to CNNNJ emails, and can author blog postings. Non-CNNNJ members can subscribe as our guest to receive our emails, and message members and other guests using the BuddyPress messaging platform.


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