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Thanks! Happy to chat further, just shoot me a mail from the contact form on the website.
Hi, I'm editor of xpat.no. I've found BuddyPress easy to setup and use, if you know your way around CSS then you can create a very unique look.
You can't just build a thriving community from scratch, whatever system you use. So, I've kept things simple so far by focusing on a bbPress install with BuddyPress to manage registration and user profiles. I may or may not move the site from a forum to social network, it depends on what the community wants as it grows. There's nothing worse than an empty social network!
As for Genesis, I've found it plays reasonably well with BuddyPress via the Genesis Connect widget. The forthcoming release of BuddyPress (v1.7) is designed to work better with any theme. The integration with bbPress has also improved lately.
I am NOT an expert in WordPress, bbPress or BuddyPress, I'm not a coder, and I'm not a designer - but I've managed to get a half-decent site together.
Thanks for the feedback! There were a few fiddly bits getting it all to play nicely together, but overall it wasn't too difficult an experience.
There's plenty of CSS I need to improve especially with the profile pages, but it's a relief to get something launched at least.
Ah, problem solved!
I needed to add the class .bbp-form to the mobile responsiveness CSS with the following: