17 Free and Premium BuddyPress Plugins to Build a Remarkable Community Site

Apr 17 2020 - 10 MINS READ
Free and Premium BuddyPress Plugins For 2020 (UPDATED) • BuddyBoss

Want to take your community site to the next level? If so, you need to read this.

You know there are so many things that your members could be secretly wanting from your site. It could be that some members have privacy concerns or others would like to be able to invite their friends and so much more.

You could even be looking for a better way to control or monetize your site.

But everything can’t be inbuilt, right? So here are 17 amazing free and premium BuddyPress plugins to maximize your community site.

  1. Verified Member for BuddyPress
  2. BuddyDrive
  3. BuddyPress Docs
  4. BuddyPress Group Email Subscription
  5. Location Autocomplete for BuddyPress
  6. GamiPress for BuddyPress
  7. BuddyPress Default Cover Photo
  8. Block, Suspend, Report for BuddyPress
  9. BuddyPress Global Search
  10. BP Profile Search
  11. BP Group Documents
  12. Invite Anyone
  13. Activity Plus Reloaded for BuddyPress
  14. Buddypress Xprofile Custom Fields Type
  15. MemberPress
  16. Paid Memberships Pro
  17. BuddyPress Group Tabs Creator Pro

1. Verified Member for BuddyPress

Verified Member for BuddyPress

The Verified Member for BuddyPress plugin lets you manually verify your BuddyPress members from the profile edit screen. Verified members will have a twitter-like ‘verified’ badge displayed on the front-end.

You can choose to display the badge on:

  • Activities
  • Profiles
  • Member Directory
  • bbPress Forums
  • WordPress Comments

FREE | 1,000+ Active Installations | Download

2. BuddyDrive


BuddyDrive lets a site’s members upload and share files and folders. You can choose to restrict the uploading capability to specific user roles. You can also define the maximum space available to each member and the maximum file upload size.

Members can upload, edit, and delete files and folders directly from their members’ page.

You can set the plugin to give access to a file (or folder) to (1) just the file’s owner, (2) the owner’s friends, (3) the owner’s fellow group members, (4) people who have access to the password to unlock the file, (5) or simply to everyone.

FREE | 10,000+ Active Installations | Download

3. BuddyPress Docs

BuddyPress Docs

The BuddyPress Docs plugin adds a collaborative workspace (document service) for your BuddyPress community. Part shared dropbox, part wiki, and part document editing for your WordPress users.

BuddyPress Docs’ features include shared access to a document between users and groups, sortable and filterable document lists, simple frontend WYSIWYG editor, and autosave among others.

Unlike Google Docs, you can’t have multiple users working on a document. Instead, the plugin comes with a one-editor-at-a-time system to avoid overwrites. But just like Google Docs, you can access each document’s revision history.

FREE | 10,000+ Active Installations | Download

4. BuddyPress Group Email Subscription

BuddyPress Group Email Subscription

BuddyPress Group Email Subscription lets you notify your group members about the latest group activity and forum posts via email.

This plugin supports 5 subscription levels:

  • No Email – Read this group on the web
  • Weekly Summary Email – A summary of new topics each week
  • Daily Digest Email – All the day’s activity bundled into a single email
  • New Topics Email – Send new topics as they arrive (but don’t send replies)
  • All Email – Send all group activity as it arrives

You can set any of these subscription levels as default for new members. They can, however, update their subscription levels as they like.

FREE | 6,000+ Active Installations | Download

5. Location Autocomplete for BuddyPress

Location Autocomplete for BuddyPress

With the Location Autocomplete for BuddyPress plugin, you can let your members add accurate addresses to their profiles and groups. The plugin uses the Google Places API to populate and validate the address fields.

The plugin also enables accurate location searches for the members. Adds location fields for the user profiles. The plugin works with BuddyPress Global Search and BP Profile Search.

FREE | Download

6. GamiPress for BuddyPress

GamiPress for BuddyPress

The GamiPress + BuddyPress Integration plugin allows you to connect GamiPress with your BuddyPress activity events and features.

You can assign points, achievements, and ranks for BuddyPress events like account activation, profile updates, sending/accepting friendship requests, sending/replying private messages, activity stream events, group events and much more.

FREE | 2,000+ Active Installations | Download

7. BuddyPress Default Cover Photo

BuddyPress Default Cover Photo

The BuddyPress Default Cover Photo plugin replaces the default BuddyPress cover photo and lets you add DEFAULT cover images for profiles and groups.

FREE | 2,000+ Active Installations | Download

8. Block, Suspend, Report for BuddyPress

Block, Suspend, Report for BuddyPress

The Block, Suspend, Report for BuddyPress plugin lets your BuddyPress users block another member, allows the site administrator to suspend a member with the Suspend button on the front-end, and allows your users to report/flag inappropriate, abusive, or otherwise unacceptable behavior to the site administrator.

FREE | 600+ Active Installations | Download

BuddyPress Global Search

BuddyPress Global Search is a handy plugin to add an advanced, unified search to a BuddyPress site. You can set the search results to include any of your site’s components including members, forums, groups, activities, messages, pages, and posts. You can also add custom post types into the search.

As a user types in the search phrase, the search results start appearing in a live dropdown.

FREE | 9,000+ Active Installations | Download

BP Profile Search

BP Profile Search lets visitors search for BuddyPress members based on profile fields. You just need to set up a search form and place it anywhere in your members’ directory or in a widget area in your theme’s sidebar. Existing members can use the same search form to look for people in their friend list.

You can set the plugin to show only the exact matches in the search results or can relax this a bit by showing similar results.

FREE | 10,000+ Active Installations | Download

 11. BP Group Documents

BP Group Documents

BP Group Documents creates a page where members of a BuddyPress group can upload different file types and documents. The uploaded content can be edited or deleted by the group member who uploaded it or by the group’s admin. If you’re running a private group, you can require members to authenticate themselves to be able to download a file.

You can choose to allow just a group’s admin or moderator to be able to upload files.

If you want to create an archive of downloadable user-generated content, this is a nice plugin that you could consider.

FREE | 2000+ Active Installations | Download

12. Invite Anyone

Invite Anyone

Invite Anyone allows a BuddyPress site member to send invites to outsiders via emails. It adds a “Send Invites” tab to an existing member’s profile that h/she can use to ask other people to join the site. The invite consists of a form with a field for a custom message. Invite Anyone also enables group members to invite non-friends to join their group.

Additionally, a site member who sends an invitation to join a certain group can set the plugin to automatically send invites to the invitee to a number of other groups once the invitation is accepted. Also, with the auto-suggest feature, it doesn’t take long to find the people whom you’d like to invite.

If you want to boost your community’s outreach, go for this plugin.

FREE | 7,000+ Active Installations | Download

 13. Activity Plus Reloaded for BuddyPress

Activity Plus Reloaded for BuddyPress

BuddyPress Activity Plus is a cool plugin to spice up the activity function of a BuddyPress site. It lets your users upload images and embed videos and links into a post.

The plugin allows:

  • uploading and posting photos from BuddyPress activity
  • sharing videos from YouTube/Vimeo etc in the activity
  • sharing links with preview (like Facebook) in the BuddyPress Activity

FREE | 10,000+ Active Installations | Download

 14. Buddypress Xprofile Custom Fields Type

Buddypress Xprofile Custom Fields Type

Buddypress Xprofile Custom Fields Type adds custom fields like birthdate, email, web, file, image and many more to the Xprofile BuddyPress extension.

It’s possible to restrict the number of characters in a field and set the image format and the maximum upload size. You can find all the required code snippets here.

FREE | 5,000+ Active Installations | Download

 15. MemberPress 


MemberPress is a premium WordPress membership plugin that gives you the ability to protect the content that your users are accessing based on membership levels and the ability to charge your users based on which membership levels the user is trying to access.

You can set up payment gateways for memberships and control who sees your content, create a learning courses website, sell digital products, and much more with MemberPress. MemberPress helps you manage and track access to your website content based on the membership users have subscribed to.

PREMIUM | Download

Paid Memberships Pro

Paid Memberships Pro is the leading payment collection plugin for membership sites. It lets you define unlimited membership levels and configure access settings for each. You can use it to restrict access to different areas on your site like pages, posts, categories, videos, forums, downloads, support and many others (and also to grant access based on membership levels).

Allowing drip content is a very popular feature of this plugin. In case you don’t know, drip content is a way to grant access to content in a controlled manner. Suppose you’ve set up a course where you require your members to pay monthly. Instead of giving access to your full course material immediately, you’d like to introduce some content each month so that your students don’t run away after downloading all the courseware. No wonder this plugin is highly recommended for powering online courses delivered via a WordPress site.

Paid Memberships Pro supports a number of payment gateways including Stripe, PayPal, Authorize.net, and 2Checkout. Settings for all the payment gateways can be configured through a single page. Also, for adding people to different lists based on their membership levels, Paid Memberships Pro extends support to MailChimp, AWeber, ConstantContact, GetResponse, and Infushionsoft.

FREE & PREMIUM | 90,000+ Active Installations | Download

 17. BuddyPress Group Tabs Creator Pro

BuddyPress Group Tabs Creator Pro-

BuddyPress Group Tabs Creator Pro adds a nifty little feature to a BuddyPress site that allows the site admin to create and manage unlimited BuddyPress Group tabs and subtabs.

It also lets you easily reorder the tabs and sub-tabs (and even custom tabs) on BuddyPress Groups, restrict tab availability to a certain group (by group status or you can select one or more groups). You can choose to restrict tab visibility to certain users and set the default group landing tab. Doing this manually would require complicated code edits.

PREMIUM | Download

Wrapping up

So these are 17 of our favorite free and premium BuddyPress plugins. And no, we aren’t skewed toward our own offerings in the list — they really qualify 😉

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