Contributor Day is a big part of WordCamp London. This year it was held on Friday 17th March at London Metropolitan University. 100 contributors descended on the venue each aiming to make WordPress better in some wonderful way.
Attendees were asked to choose an area of interest. The options were Accessibility, BuddyPress, Community, Core, Design & Flow, Documentation, Polyglots, Support and Themes. 5 of the 100 contributors chose BuddyPress. 2 of the 5 were new to contributing in general but all had used, or had at least heard of, BuddyPress at some point.
After a quick refill of coffee the team convened and began discussing how to get the most from the next 8 hours. Due to a diverse range of skills available within the group, we were able to focus on documentation, coding and localisation.
As a team we managed to identify an issue related to colour contrast in the Twenty Seventeen theme. #7471 was opened and a patch was submitted. We were also able to translate all remaining strings into Italian.
The day was a huge success and all team members indicated they will contribute again going forward.
BuddyPress 2.8.0 “San Matteo” is now available for download from the WordPress.org plugin repository, or right from your WordPress Dashboard. “San Matteo” focuses on various improvement for developers, site builders and site managers.
For Developers & Site Builders
Modernizing the Codebase
To continue the migration of legacy code to modern standards and techniques necessary for the BP REST API project and other new features moving forward, BuddyPress 2.8 requires at least PHP 5.3. This will allow us to build better, robust, and secure code, benefiting developers and users now and in the future.
More helpful “Activate Pending Accounts” screen
When you click on the username on the “Users > Manage Signups” page, you can now view profile data entered by the user at the time of registration.
Support for List-Unsubscribe header in emails
Allow users to unsubscribe from BuddyPress email notifications in some email clients such as Gmail (web), when properly configured.
Twenty Seventeen Companion Style sheet
BuddyPress looks great in WordPress’s latest default theme with the new Twenty Seventeen companion style sheet.
To change the default two-column page layout to a full-width layout as seen in the image, add the following code to the functions.php file of your Twenty Seventeen child theme.
More hooks for Messages
We’ve added new filters and actions for different methods throughout the Messages component.
A more flexible Group search
The new search_column parameter allows developers to specify which columns should be matched, as well as where wildcard characters should be placed, when searching via BP_Groups_Group::get().
Alphabetical sorting for Groups widget
The groups widget can now be sorted alphabetically, in addition to sorting the results by recently active, popular, and newest groups.
Enable choice of PHPMailer
Developers can specify which PHPMailer should be used when sending BuddyPress with a new filter.
We continue to improve our localization internals, making it easier for translation editors to ensure that BuddyPress will be available for everyone in their own language.
Regular updates to inline code documentation make it easier for developers to understand how BuddyPress works.
Continued improvements for universal access help make BuddyPress back- and front-end screens usable for everyone (and on more devices).
Many, many thanks to all those who contributed during this development cycle. This is a volunteer-run project, and these contributors freely gave of their time and expertise to make BuddyPress better than ever:
BuddyPress 2.8 is called “San Matteo” after a great pizza restaurant in New York City. San Matteo specializes in the “panuozzo”, a pizza-sandwich hybrid native to Salerno, Italy. The proprietor of San Matteo is a friendly fellow who insists on speaking Italian even to customers who don’t understand a word of it. If you find yourself in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by for a great pizza.
BuddyPress 2.8.0 Beta 1 is packed with new features and enhancements and is now available for testing. You can download the BP 2.8.0-beta1 zip or get a copy via our Subversion repository. We’d love to have your feedback and testing help.
BuddyPress 2.8.0 requires PHP 5.3+, and will not be activated on a server with a lower version of PHP. We also remind you that BuddyPress 2.8.0 will require at least WordPress 4.3.
A detailed changelog will be part of our official release notes, but, until then, here’s a list of some of our favorite changes. (Check out this report on Trac for the full list.)
BP Email: Allow end user to specify which PHPMailer should be used #7286
BuddyPress 2.7.4 is now available, and is a security release & recommended upgrade for all BuddyPress installations. We’ve also ported the code changes in 2.7.4 to all branches back 2.0, and are pushing updates out for all installations where we are able to do so.
These releases include a fix to the BuddyPress core attachments API that could allow arbitrary file deletion on certain installation configurations.
This bug was responsibly disclosed to the WordPress security team (and the BuddyPress team) through the WordPress HackerOne Bounty Program by Sam Pizzey (mopman).
Both Boone & Paul worked together to fix this for all versions of BuddyPress that are currently in active use, and Stephen & Dion helped package and push these releases out.