Creating a Fit Social Network: PeepSo or BuddyPress?

Courtney Jones

Social media is the ideal place to find people who share your passions. On PeepSo and BuddyPress, fitness lovers post exercise routines and share knowledge.

Creating a Fit Social Network: PeepSo or BuddyPress?

PeepSo and BuddyPress are effective ways for WordPress users to integrate their own social activities within their WordPress site. Strava is an effective social network for active people, and it’s an excellent choice for integrating with PeepSo and BuddyPress.

What is Strava?

Strava - Creating a Fit Social Network: PeepSo or BuddyPress?

Strava is a unique social network for athletes. Strava is the Swedish word for “strive,” and the company aims to build a strong, engaged community of athletes across the globe. The word strive means to make great efforts to achieve or obtain.

The add-on lets users attach your Strava activities right to your posts on Peepso/BuddyPress Streams. This add-on requires that each user connects his/her Strava account to the social network’s profile.

Use Cases

There are many reasons why having Strava integration on your WordPress website is a good idea. The add-on is very versatile, user friendly and has many customizable features. The add-on is available for $59 for one site and $119 for up to five sites. Some use cases include:

  • Enable map routes from Google Maps on user profiles
  • Show activities from Strava to PeepSo and BuddyPress
  • Show user’s overall distance for the month

Use Cases - Creating a Fit Social Network: PeepSo or BuddyPress?

What is PeepSo?

What is PeepSo? - Creating a Fit Social Network: PeepSo or BuddyPress?

PeepSo was first launched back in 2015, and is a social network plugin that integrates with WordPress. PeepSo is an open source solution that is free and easy to adapt or customize to meet specific criteria. PeepSo allows users to efficiently and effortlessly add a social network or an online community to their WordPress site.

Creating a Fit Social Network: PeepSo or BuddyPress?

Pros and Cons

There are many pros and cons to using PeepSo with WordPress, so it’s important to decide what type of social network you want to create and how it will be managed. Some pros include:

  • Creating your own social network gives admin more control to tailor it to your interests
  • Admin can display their own ads, with is a financial benefit
  • Admin can set the privacy levels for user data
  • Easy to use with no need to hire a developer

Some cons include:

  • PeepSo only works within WordPress, unlike Facebook or Twitter which are standalone websites.
  • Still developing more features and services to integrate
  • The full package of PeepSo is not completely free

What is BuddyPress?

BuddyPress banner - Creating a Fit Social Network: PeepSo or BuddyPress?

BuddyPress is a flexible software that allows users to create an online community within WordPress. This community lets users create online groups, member profiles, messaging and much more.

Pros and Cons

BuddyPress has been around longer, so it’s more established as an online community with many helpful features. BuddyPress still has some pros and cons compared to PeepSo. Some pros include:

  • Available for free
  • More features and integrations are available

Some cons for BuddyPress include

  • Some plugins are not updated often
  • Add-ons are not always compatible with other plugins
  • Support is slower and spread across different developers

Learn more: CM plugins integrated with BuddyPress

Conclusion

In conclusion, CreativeMinds has Strava integrations for both PeepSo and BuddyPress. Both are good choices, and each has its own pros and cons when working with WordPress. Both PeepSo and BuddyPress are easy to integrate, user friendly and affordable so each service is best for a specific case.

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