Category Archives: Elgg vs BuddyPress

BuddyPress vs. Elgg: Installation

It’s a been a while since I last touched this blog series, but BP’s been in sort of a stall with a bunch of features and tweaks that have been added over the course of the last several months, so I really wanted to wait till 1.0 comes out… but from the looks of things, […]

BuddyPress vs. Elgg: Which one to choose now?

If everybody wanted to build a social networking site and was completely satisfied with the way BuddyPress ships right now (while still in beta stage), there wouldn’t be any need for Elgg. In fact, there probably wouldn’t have been an Elgg 1.1 or 1.2. Yet for many semi-/demi- cut-n-paste web developers, er, designers the inevitable […]

BuddyPress vs. Elgg: Development/Support Community

As many of you out there have noticed, when it comes to (hosted) Social Networking communities, you really only have two-and-a-half solutions: 1) BuddyPress, 2) Elgg and 3) Boonex/Dolphin. Clearly, this blog is titled “BuddyPress vs. Elgg” with no mentioning of Dolphin even though it has been in development for some time. Here’s why: If […]

BuddyPress vs. Elgg: Plugins/Mods

Maybe it’s just my perception of things, but it seems to me that Elgg has more working versions of its so-called mods (plugins). There are two for inviting friends, one for video management, a friend “relationship” mod and several others to make it turn into more of a MySpace/Facebook type of deal. There are a […]

BuddyPress vs. Elgg: (Top) Navigation

This is just a short write-up on the top, gray navigation you see in both BuddyPress and Elgg. What I disklike about both is that they span 100% in width, but that’s just a quick css edit. I like the idea of the mini-avatar in Elgg and a button to link back to the homepage, […]

BuddyPress vs. Elgg: Blogging

It’s hard to beat a blogging system when it’s the #1 open source blogging system in the entire universe. So it’s not much of surprise when I say that Elgg’s blogging platform doesn’t even come close to BP’s, because it’s built on WP. I wouldn’t call Elgg’s blogging system useless, though. Think of it as […]

BuddyPress vs. Elgg: Theming

Hands down, BuddyPress is much easier on the eyes than Elgg. There’s more activity on the homepage and whatever your WP site’s theme looks like, your BP installation will just look as pretty. Elgg, on the other hand, is the ugly duckling that just won’t grow up to be the graceful swan. The whole mods/views […]

BuddyPress vs. Elgg: Avatars

Created a new account and uploaded a pic during the signup process. Once I got to the avatar section, the dashed cropping selection was somehow stuck in the upper left corner instead of the actual picture. Proceeded to drag marquee toward the picture, but it jumped right back upon release of the dragging. Pressed enter […]