WordPress Hack: Turning Off BuddyPress Notifications By Default

By default BuddyPress has all sorts of email notifications turned on. This is great unless you have a big site with lots of activity and site-wide discussions. Then new users start getting pinged repeatedly on discussions they don’t want to follow or don’t even know they are apart of! So you may want BuddyPress to turn the notifications off by default. But there’s no clear way to do this in the admin. Well, here’s the golden function.

function bp_set_notification_default($user_id) {
	$keys = array('notification_activity_new_mention','notification_activity_new_reply','notification_friends_friendship_accepted','notification_friends_friendship_request','notification_groups_admin_promotion','notification_groups_group_updated','notification_groups_invite','notification_groups_membership_request','notification_messages_new_message','notification_messages_new_notice');
	foreach($keys as $key) {

Please note that this function is hooked to bp_core_user_signup which means existing users still have to manually turn off notifications. But you could easily run this function on an array of user_ids to change the defaults for existing users.

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  1. Daniel says:

    This looks great, but could you outline which file we need to enter the code on?

  2. Daniel says:

    Nvm, i chucked it into the theme’s function.php and its working like a charm.

    Thanks a bunch!

    • functions.php should work, but in an ideal world you put all your BuddyPress mods in a custom plugin. The reason for this is that some buddypress hooks cannot be accessed from the theme functions.php because they have already fired before the file is loaded. So if you are making lots of mods to BP core you should really do a custom plugin.

  3. Shawn says:

    Okay so I added the code to my functions.php file, right before the code I am using to hide my admin account from the activity stream. I hope it works, but guess I will find out when someone finally joins.

    Have you by any chance any idea on how to hide the admin account from not showing up on the “Members Directory” page?

  4. foobarph says:

    you can also go to your cpanel > phpmyadmin > ur database > sql

    then execute this sql statement

    update wp_usermeta
    set meta_value = ‘no’
    where meta_key like ‘notification_%’


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