BuddyPress Still Not Ready for Primetime

-BuddyPress Logo-Over the past month I’ve been doing a significant amount of development as I was rolling out the new Facebook application statistics service over at AllFacebook. Everything has been pretty smooth and I think I’ve created a pretty nice platform for building new tools on top of it in the near future. The only problem has been my hosting. Over the past month or two, my blogs have been overloading my server.

It’s really not a ridiculous amount of load for a large hosting environment but my host couldn’t handle it and I was overloading other sites that were sharing my server. After much consideration I’ve decided to go with a dedicated server and one thing which I wanted to include was a new instance of WordPress MU. What is WordPress MU? If you’ve registered for WordPress.com then you’ve already interacted with it.

It’s a simple system for launching a practically limitless network of blogs. The only problem with it is that there is practically no documentation. I spent 6 hours trying to get things configured this afternoon on my new Media Temple server so I could import all my blogs into a single WordPress MU installation. The other reason I’m trying to make this shift a little more complicated than it should be is because I wanted to install BuddyPress.

I previously wrote about BuddyPress, the custom social network for blogs recently acquired by Automattic. The service looks pretty slick and I figured it would at a minimum be a good platform for handling a large network of users. Unfortunately, BuddyPress only runs on WordPress MU.

The main point of this whole rambling is that I can’t figure out why on earth the guys at Automattic would require people to use WordPress MU to get BuddyPress working. I completely understand why they would want the two systems to work together, but individual blogs should be able to install the plugin as well. For most readers, I’m probably losing you but trust me when I say that BuddyPress, the system which was going to turn all blogs into social networks, still has a ways to go before it goes mainstream.