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BuddyBoss is a popular WordPress plugin that allows you to build social communities. It comes with useful features like social groups, private messaging, member profiles, forums, and more. You can also use it to sell memberships and online courses on your website.
If you’re managing a social website powered by BuddyBoss and want to automate repetitive tasks on your website, then you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll share the top 10 automation hacks for BuddyBoss sites to make your life easy.
Automation Hacks for BuddyBoss Sites
The plugin that can help you to automate tasks on your BuddyBoss site is Uncanny Automator. It is a powerful automation plugin that can connect WordPress plugins, WordPress sites, and your favorite web apps. The best part is you don’t need any coding knowledge to use it.
With that said, let’s get started with the top 10 automation hacks for your BuddyBoss site.
1. Award Points or Badges to Your Users
Awarding points or badges is an awesome gamification technique to increase engagement among your site members. You can use plugins like myCred, BadgeOS, or GamiPress to add game-like elements to your BuddyBoss site.
For example, you can award 10 points to a user who updates their profile. Or, you may award a badge for sending a friend request. You may also award a rank to the members who post more than 10 times to their activity stream.
With the help of an example, let’s understand how you can automatically do all the above using the Uncanny Automator plugin.
First, you’ll have to create a recipe to connect BuddyBoss with myCred (or any other gamification plugin). Next, you’ll have to use “A user gains a new follower” as the BuddyBoss trigger and “Award points to the user” as the myCred action.
Of course, if you’re already a user of these plugins you probably know that they have integrations that can handle simple tasks like this. Where Automator stands out is that you can add more to the recipes to implement more complex workflows. Maybe instead of just gaining a new follower, the user must gain a follower and have purchased a membership product. And maybe when the follower is earned, the user is notified by SMS about the points. This is where the real value of Automator starts to shine.
2. Celebrate Accomplishments
If you’re using gamification techniques like awarding points or badges on your social website, you can even take it to the next level by celebrating the accomplishments of your members.
For example, you can send a personalized email to a member who reaches 100 points. Or, you can congratulate a user in the sitewide activity feed for getting a particular badge. You may even share the accomplishment of a member on Twitter or Facebook.
Let’s say you want to congratulate a member in the sitewide activity feed. To do that, you’ll have to connect BuddyBoss with the gamification plugin of your choice. Then, you can create a recipe to celebrate the achievements automatically. You can even add more than one trigger or action to a recipe if you want.
3. Add Users to a Group
One of the most important features of the BuddyBoss plugin is the Social Group.
You can create different groups on your BuddyBoss site and allow like-minded members to connect with each other. And you can always automate the process of adding users to a group with the help of the Uncanny Automator plugin.
Here are some trigger ideas for adding someone to a social group:
- A user submits a form (built using WPForms, Elementor Forms, or Gravity Forms).
- A user becomes an affiliate of your product or service.
- Someone submits a poll (built using WP-Polls) with a specific answer.
- A person applies for a job via WP Job Manager.
- A user is added to a membership plan.
Let’s say you want to add students to a social group when they enroll in a LearnDash course.
To automate the process, you’ll first have to create a recipe in Uncanny Automator. Then, you’ll have to add “A user is enrolled in a course” as the LearnDash trigger and use “Add the user to a group” as the BuddyBoss action. Simple, isn’t it?
4. Add Users to a Mailing List
If you’re running an online business, you should start building an email list today! It is one of the best ways to build relationships with your existing or potential customers. Also, you can send personalized emails to the list and build a loyal customer base. You can even promote your memberships or sell online courses to your list.
Can you automate the process of adding users to your mailing list? Yes, you can.
Say you want to add users to your MailPoet, ActiveCampaign, or MailChimp list once they activate their BuddyBoss account. To do that, simply create a new recipe with “User’s account is activated” as the trigger and “Add the user to a list” as the action to automate the process.
You can also add multiple actions to the above recipe. For example, you can add the user to a BuddyBoss group or send a private welcome message to the user.
5. Get Slack Notifications
Slack is a popular messaging application that allows you to communicate with your team. You can also connect your BuddyBoss site to your Slack account (with the help of the Uncanny Automator plugin) and get important notifications directly over there.
Here are some trigger examples for getting notifications on Slack:
- A new user registers an account.
- Someone joins or leaves a social group.
- A user creates a new topic in a forum.
- A user updates their profile.
Let’s say you have created a private group and you want to get notifications when someone joins that group. All you have to do is create a recipe with “A user joins a private group” as the trigger and “Send a direct message to a Slack user” as the action.
6. Register Users for an Online Meeting
Let’s say you’ve created a private group and you want to schedule a meeting with your new members. The idea is to get to know your members in an interactive session. Maybe you can ask your members to introduce themselves or share their ideas with the group.
You can always use the Uncanny Automator plugin for registering your new members for the online session on Zoom Meetings.
To get started, you’ll have to create a new recipe by going to the Automator -> Add New page from the left sidebar of your admin panel. Next, you’ll have to use “A user joins a private group” as the BuddyBoss trigger and “Add the user to a meeting” as the Zoom Meetings action.
If you need any help, you may follow our tutorial on how to connect Zoom Meetings to Uncanny Automator for detailed instructions.
7. Add a Tag to a User
When you’re running a social community, you’ll have different types of people with different opinions and habits. Also, you may have people of different age groups, gender, and background.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could automatically add tags in your CRM to different members when they join a public group? Thanks to Uncanny Automator, you can easily do that.
First, you’ll have to create a new recipe, and then, you’ll have to use “A user joins a public group” as the trigger. Next, you’ll have to use MailChimp, ActiveCampaign, or WP Fusion to select “Add a tag to the user” as the action.
8. Register Users for a Live Event
Are you planning a live event for the members of your BuddyBoss site? Maybe you’re running an eLearning site and you want to conduct a live event for the students. Rather than manually registering users for the event, why not use some automation to ease your troubles?
BuddyBoss allows you to add profile types to each member. For example, you can have profile types like teachers and students on your eLearning site. This way you can easily sort or group members based on their profile types.
We can use the “profile types” feature of BuddyBoss to automatically register students for the live event. All you have to do is use the “A user’s profile type is set to a specific type” trigger and select student as the profile type. Then, you can connect the trigger to an events plugin (like The Events Manager, Modern Events Calendar, Events Manager) and make the recipe live.
9. Send Data to Zapier
Zapier is a cloud-based automation application that allows you to connect more than 3000 web apps together. The best part is you can connect Uncanny Automator to Zapier and send data to the non-WordPress apps you use.
Let’s say you’ve created a private group and users can join that group via email invitation. Then, you want to add the new members to your AWeber list.
Rather than manually adding subscribers to the AWeber list, you can connect your BuddyBoss site to Zapier and automate the entire process.
To get started, you’ll have to create a zap in Zapier, connect AWeber to Zapier, and get the webhook URL. Then, you’ll have to use “A user registers a new account via an email invitation” as the BuddyBoss trigger and “Send data to Zapier webhook” as the action.
If you’re confused between Uncanny Automator and Zapier, you may read our article on how Uncanny Automator is different from Zapier.
10. Add Users to a Membership
Let’s assume that you’re running a membership site powered by MemberPress (or Paid Memberships Pro, Wishlist Member). And you want to add users to the membership if they use a special code on their BuddyBoss registration page.
This can be easily done with the help of Uncanny Automator. Here you’ll have to create a recipe with “A user registers with a specific value in a specific field” as the BuddyBoss trigger and “Add the user to a membership” as action.
You can also add another action like sending a thank you email to each user. This will help you to build a personalized relationship with your new members.
Get Started with Automation Today
Remember that the real value of Automator is that it helps you build powerful workflows with a single plugin, all easily and intuitively. Some of the examples above are possible with simple integration plugins, but they can only support very basic automations that aren’t flexible. Moreover, it would mean installing more plugins, paying more, and introducing more risks of conflicts to your site. Uncanny Automator helps to solve those problems.
Most of the recipe examples mentioned in this article can be created using the free version of Uncanny Automator. However, you’ll need the premium version for some of the BuddyBoss triggers and actions, like sending a private message, posting a message to the sitewide activity stream, and someone joining a private or public group.
Also, the free version comes with 1,000 free credits to try out third-party integrations like Slack, Twitter, Facebook, HubSpot, and more. Once you use up the free credits, you can upgrade to the premium version for unlimited usage of the premium integrations. Also, Uncanny Automator Pro users can schedule actions as an added advantage.
If you’ve any questions about the recipes in this article or want to share any BuddyBoss recipe ideas with us, please feel free to comment below!