CM Maps Route Manager (CMMRM) + BuddyPress - Use Case - Building a Community for Trail Routes in BuddyPress Profile

Building a Community for Trail Routes

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Note: This guide covers features from:
  • Pro version of CM Routes Manager + BuddyPress Integration. This document uses version 4.5.2 of Routes Manager


CM Map Routes allows you and your users to create and showcase routes in Google Maps, including images and notes for each location.  

The plugin can receive social features by integrating with social platform  BuddyPress.

Use Case Front-End

User Dashboard

Use Case Assumptions

In this example we will consider how to let your users add and manage routes from their BuddyPress profiles.

We consider that you have already bought and configured the plugins, but not installed the add-on. 

TIP: Still New to Map Locations and Map Routes?

This article focuses on the PeepSo integration. If you haven't already created your site with map routes, check this guide:

It follows:

Installing The Plugin and Add-on

The process is the same for all CM plugins and add-ons.

  • Download the plugin from your customer dashboard
  • Log in to WordPress and navigate to the WordPress Admin  → Plugins settings
  • Click on Add New
  • Activate it and add the license

TIP: Automatic Index and Dashboard

Upon installation, the plugin automatically creates a page for the location index and another for the dashboard. Head to Settings →  General tab to:

  1. Find shortcuts to these pages
  2. Enable or disable them (useful if you want to create your own)

Quick Recap

If you need help with these::

  • Perform initial setup (Google Maps API and OpenWeather)
  • Adding locations and drawing routes
  • Changing visual options
  • Configuring user interaction: submit form, who has access, and moderation
  • User dashboard
  • Custom fields and taxonomies
  • Plugin shortcodes
  • Translating the plugin interface

Then check the relevant articles:

Initial Setup - BuddyPress

What is BuddyPress?

BuddyPress is a free WordPress plugin that allows you to create a social platform similar to Facebook.

How Do I Install BuddyPress?

BuddyPress can be downloaded from the WordPress back-end.

Once installed, follow their documentation for the initial setup.

Showing Routes on BuddyPress

Similar to PeepSo, there are many ways to help users showcase their routes within BuddyPress.
All the following settings can be found at  Admin Dashboard → CM Routes Manager Pro → Settings → BuddyPress tab.

1) User profile: User's Maps Tab

Show "Maps" tab in the user's profile: Yes or No
If enabled users will see the "Maps" tab in each user's profile that displays the maps created by the specific user.

Show routes parameters: Yes or No
If enabled the routes parameters such as distance, max elevation etc. will be visible on the routes snippets.

Routes snippets layout: List or Tiles
Choose route snippets layout.

Routes  featured image: First Route Image or Map Thumbnail
Choose what kind of the routes featured image to display in the user's profile page. 

Manage routes under "My Maps" tab: Yes or No

If enabled, the user will see "Manage Maps" tab in his own profile and will be able to manage his routes.


2) User profile: Manage Maps Tab

Show separate "Manage Maps" tab in the user's profile: Yes or No
If enabled, the user will see "Manage Maps" tab in his own profile and will be able to manage his routes.

3) Activity Feed

Create BuddyPress activity when a user created a map: Yes or No
Chose Yes, if you want the add-on to automatically post a new activity when the user adds a new map.

TIP: You Can Use HTML And Placeholders

<strong>[fullname] - user's display name [title] - routes title [permalink] - permalink to the route page [excerpt] - excerpt of the routes description </strong>

4) Groups

It's possible to associate BuddyPress groups with routes.

The settings are:

  • Associate group with route - Enable or disable this feature.
  • Group privacy - Define who will have access.


Note that the group features require the User Groups component to be enabled. This can be configured in  Admin Dashboard → Settings → BuddyPress, as shown

If the settings are proper, you will be able to set the groups when editing the route.

End Result

Following instructions found in the plugin and guides, you and your users should be able to add multiple routes to your site from the BuddyPress profile.

Use Case Front-End

User Dashboard

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