Started to work on my niche courtship site,, in January 2015. Wasn’t sure if to go with BuddyPress / bbPress or something else. However, as a rather rusty HTML and ASP / VB programmer guy, I wanted something coherent and with better documentation and the chance of some hand-holding. Went with WP Symposium Pro and the extensions and spent the $100 with support. Have not regretted my investment.

By t0m4u, May 13, 2015

Using the Customizr theme, WP Symposium Pro, and Paid Membership Pro over at Dreamhost. Paid Membership Pro needs a little customization to integrate with WP Symposium Pro, but the membership plugin is very customizable and also well-documented.

WP Symposium Pro and its extensions are a great tool, one does not need to know PHP, but a bit of html and css knowledge is helpful.

Most recently, the developer added a distance search in the directory, as well as Facebook login. WP Symposium Pro gets better by the month!