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System & Server Requirements

System and Server Requirements

Minumum Requirements for WordPress 3.6.1 and BuddyPress 1.8.1

WordPress Configuration

Following are some checks you should make on your WordPress install before activating BuddyPress:

  1. Make sure that you can set up “Pretty Permalinks” via Settings > Pemalinks – with any configuration other than the default configuration. You’ll need mod_rewrite enabled in your server for this to work. If pretty permalinks won’t work in your WordPress installation, BuddyPress component links will not function and will lead to “404 or Page Not Found” errors.
  2. If you are going to allow your members to create blogs in your site, enable Multisite (for WP 3.0 above only) in your WordPress installation before installing BuddyPress. Check: http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network. Make sure that you can create a new subblog with your new configuration.
  3. Make sure that you can upload and post Media in Posts or Pages. Go to Dashboard > Media  > Add New and try uploading any image.
    • If media upload is not working, then check:
      • file permissions in your server – 755 (ideal) or 777 for folders
      • if GD library installed in server for the dynamic creation of images; or
      • that your htaccess file has been updated with the necessary change/s required for multisite setup or for upgrade to WP 3.0 from MU setup has been made:
    • If media upload works correctly, check that original image has been uploaded and that WP is creating thumbnails are generated like so -  original.jpg, original-150×150.jpg, original-300×300.jpg in your uploads folder.
      • for new WP 3.0 installs and for single WP upgraded to WP 3.0 single or multisite, go to wp-content/uploads/ – your upload path
      • for WPMU 2.9.2 installs upgraded to WP 3.0 multisite, go to wp-content/blogs.dir/ – your upload path e.g. blogs.dir/the_blog_id_number/files/2010/03/
  4. Make sure that you can register and activate a new user account. If your system didn’t send user registration / password emails, please follow these instructions to fix: e-mailed passwords are not being received
  5. Make sure that you can post and leave comments on blog/s – assuming commenting is allowed in settings.
  6. Make sure that you are familiar with the WordPress dashboard.

If you hit a glitch with any of the items above, please find resolution at WordPress.org forums. It is important that your WordPress installation is working correctly before installing and activating BuddyPress. Otherwise, it’s going to be bumpy ride.

BuddyPress Installations

Single site – domain root
e.g. http://www.example.com
* BuddyPress Activated: Main WP site at http://www.example.com = Check

Single site in physical subdomain
e.g. http://wordpress.example.com
* BuddyPress Activated: Main WP site at http://wordpress.example.com = Check

Single site in subdirectory folder
e.g. http://www.example.com/wordpress
* BuddyPress Activated: Main WP site at http://www.example.com/wordpress = Check

Multisite – domain root
e.g. http://www.example.com/
* BuddyPress Activated: Main WP site at http://www.example.com = Check
* BuddyPress Activated: Secondary blog in Subdirectory structure at http://www.example.com/site2 = Check
* BuddyPress Activated: Secondary blog in Subdomain structure at http://site2.example.com = Check

Multisite – physical subdomain
e.g. http://wordpress.example.com/
* BuddyPress Activated: Main WP site at http://wordpress.example.com/ = Check
* BuddyPress Activated: Secondary blog in Subdirectory structure at http://wordpress.example.com/site2 = Check
* BuddyPress Activated: Secondary blog in Subdomain structure at http://site2.wordpress.example.com = Unknown

Multisite – physical subdirectory folder
e.g. http://www.example.com/wordpress
* BuddyPress Activated: Main WP site at http://www.example.com/wordpress = Check
* BuddyPress Activated: Secondary blog in Subdirectory structure at http://www.example.com/wordpress/site2 = Check
* BuddyPress Activated: Secondary blog in Subdomain structure – No Way = No Way

Different types of hosting:

  1. Free Shared Hosting – very rare to see any host offer a free database along with free hosting, therefore this hosting may not even be viable for a WordPress installation, much less a BuddyPress-enabled site.
  2. Paid Shared Hosting – Depends on plan and provider. Works on WP 3.0 single site with BuddyPress. Some hosts require upgrade to more expensive plans in order to enable WP 3.0 multisite should you want to allow blog creation by members.
  3. VDS/VPS – Virtual Dedicated Server/Virtual Private Server
  4. Dedicated hosting/ server, Co-location