“Release Candidate” means that we believe the new version is ready for release, but with more than 200,000 active installs, hundreds of BuddyPress plugins and thousands of WordPress themes, itโ€™s possible we missed something. BuddyPress 10.0.0 is slated for release on January 17, 2022, but your help is needed to get there ๐Ÿ™.

You can get the 10.0.0-RC1 pre-release package in 4 ways:

We’ve closed over 70 tickets in the process of developing BP 10. Here are some highlights:

๐Ÿ›‚ Site Membership Requests

Site Administrators wishing to have more control over who can join their community will be able to enable site membership requests from their BuddyPress Options Administration screen. Once done, BuddyPress sign-ups are transformed into membership requests to be manually reviewed and approved by an administrator to validate new user accounts.

๐Ÿ—ž More engaging logging activities

These simple activities about specific user interactions or events (e.g.: a user became a friend of another user) will be more visually attractive to improve user engagement in your community. The most impressive new activity is that which is generated when a user updates their profile photo: it will include the profile photo that spurred the creation of the activity item, even if it has been updated since ๐Ÿ“ธ!

๐ŸŽจ WordPress Full Site Editing compatibility

You’re beta testing WordPress 5.9: first thank you, second please take a few more minutes to check the improvements we’ve made to our BP Theme Compatibility API to play nice with themes supporting Full Site Editing such as the next WordPress default theme: Twenty Twenty-Two.

โž• A new place to easily discover our next BuddyPress Add-ons

BuddyPress Add-ons are side projects/projects as features/next BuddyPress blocks maintained by the BuddyPress development team we’ll soon make more widely available by publishing them on the WordPress plugin directory. When BuddyPress 10.0.0 is released, you’ll find a new tab to your “Add Plugins” Administration screen. On it, you’ll see a new add-on for a potentially upcoming feature: BP Rewrites. We think this will bring more contributions to the BuddyPress project as a whole.

A detailed changelog will be part of our official release note. In the meantime, you can check the 10.0.0 milestone changes list from our Trac environment.

How you can help

Translate BuddyPress into your language. The release candidate also marks the string freeze point of the 10.0.0 release schedule. And we don’t have much time to update all of the BuddyPress translations. So if you speak a language other than English, please help us translate BuddyPress into as many languages as possible!

If you think youโ€™ve found a bug, you can share it with us replying to this support topic or if youโ€™re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on BuddyPress Trac.

Thanks in advance for your help–we can’t build BuddyPress without you! Happy testing!