“Alfano” is our first major release of 2021. It is named after Alfano’s Pizza in Rock Island, Illinois, a family-run pizzeria that’s been around since the 1970s. They know how to keep it simple: there’s nothing on the menu but mouth-watering pizzas and calzones featuring their own made-from-scratch sauce and crust. For the true Alfano’s experience, order a stuffed pizza and dine in with as many friends as you can bring. The massive, two-crust pizza will be brought to the table piping hot, and there will be plenty for everyone!

You can get it clicking on the above button, downloading it from the WordPress.org plugin directory or checking it out from our Subversion repository.

👉 If you’re upgrading from a previous version of BuddyPress, it’s always a good idea to back-up your WordPress database and files ahead of time.

You can review all of the changes in this 8.0.0 release in the release notes. Below are the key features we believe you are going to enjoy most!

Your current members are the best way to recruit fantastic new members for your community.

Whether public registration is enabled or not, you can activate this great new opt-in feature from your site’s BuddyPress settings; with it, your trusted members will handpick new members who will enrich your community.

Illustration showing the Members Invite Screen.

Once activated, each member will be able to send new Member Invitation emails and manage the pending invitations directly from his or her profile area.

Illustration showing the Members Pending Invites Screen.

You keep control of everything thanks to two new screens we added to the BuddyPress Tools dashboard: invitations and opt-outs management.

Illustration showing the Members Invitations Administration Screen.

Improved registration experience.

First, you can select any xProfile field from any xProfile field group to use on your site’s registration form. Second, if your site requires that users accept specific rules such as terms of service or a code of conduct, you can now take advantage of the new Checkbox Acceptance xProfile Field type to record their agreement.

Third, once a user activates his or her account, BuddyPress will send a welcome email to help get him or her engaged with your community. You can customize the content of this email from the Emails menu of your WordPress dashboard. Have a look to this developer note to find out more about it.

WP xProfile field types.

The WP Biography field type lets you include the user’s Biographical Info and thanks to the WP Textbox field you can include the first & last name, the Website URL as well as any of the custom contact methods of your users.

Illustration showing the xProfile Field Edit Screen.

Under the hood

8.0.0 includes more than 45 changes to improve the Activity component, the BP Nouveau Template pack, the BP REST API and many more components and features.

Many thanks to the 47 contributors who helped us build & translate BuddyPress 8.0.0

Adil Oztaser (oztaser), Ahmed Chaion (chaion07), Andrea Tarantini (dontdream), Boone B Gorges (boonebgorges), Brajesh Singh (sbrajesh), Charles E. Frees-Melvin (thee17), Christian Wach (needle), comminski, Dan Caragea (dancaragea), David Cavins (dcavins), dominic-ks, Eduardo Speroni (edusperoni), Fernando Tellado (fernandot), Giuseppe (mociofiletto), hz_i3, Ian Barnes (ianbarnes), Iker Garaialde (atxamart), Javier Esteban (nobnob), John James Jacoby (johnjamesjacoby), Krupa (krupajnanda), Laurens Offereins, mahdiar, Mark Robson (markscottrobson), Mathieu Viet (imath), mattneil, meijioro, Michal Janata (kalich5), modemlooper, Paul Gibbs (DJPaul), podporawebu, Peter Smits (psmits1567), Pieterjan Deneys (nekojonez), r-a-y, Renato Alves (espellcaste), renegade1, Slava Abakumov (slaffik), Stephen Bernhardt (sabernhardt), Stephen Edgar (netweb), studiocrafted, Timi Wahalahti (sippis), Tomas (mobby2561), Topher (topher1kenobe), Utsav tilava (utsav72640), Varun Dubey (vapvarun), Venutius, WeddyWood, Yordan Soares (yordansoares).

Feedbacks welcome!

Receiving your feedback and suggestions for future versions of BuddyPress genuinely motivates and encourages our contributors. Please share your feedback about this version of BuddyPress in the comments area of this post. And of course, if you’ve found a bug: please tell us about it into our Support forums.