Automatically Add New Users to a BuddyPress Group

Ever wished you could automatically add newly-registered users to a specific BuddyPress Group? I’ve had a number of clients make this request, and it turns out to be easier than I’d initially expected. Simply paste the following code into your theme’s functions.php file, replace <# group ID #> on line five with the numeric ID of the desired group, and any users who join after that will automatically become members of the group. I’ve tested this snippet with BuddyPress 1.2.x.

//Automatically add new users to a group
function automatic_group_membership( $user_id ) {
 if( !$user_id ) return false;

 groups_accept_invite( $user_id, <# group ID #> );
add_action( 'bp_core_activated_user', 'automatic_group_membership' );

Coming Soon – Tips, Tricks, & Insights into WordPress/BuddyPress

From time to time, as my schedule permits, I plan to use this space to highlight interesting things I’ve learned about WordPress and BuddyPress since I’ve begun a full-time position developing sites on the platform.

In the few months that I’ve been in this new position, I’ve encountered many a unique situation arising from a client request. Most of these situations require some creative solutions that leverage the under-the-hood features that make WordPress (and BuddyPress) such a flexible content management system. Rather than keep these insights to myself, I will share them here for the benefit of the community.

My hope also is that some of the things I’ve learned can be turned into plugins that further expand and extend the power of WordPress and BuddyPress.