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BuddyPress at WordCamp London 2017 Contributor Day

Published on March 22nd, 2017 by Henry Wright

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.

A room full of people
Contributors at WordCamp London 2017. Photo by Pradeep Singh.

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.

People using laptops
BuddyPress contributors. Photo by Pradeep Singh.

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 2.8.2 Security Release

Published on March 10th, 2017 by Boone Gorges

BuddyPress 2.8.2 is now available. This is a security release. We strongly encourage all BuddyPress sites to upgrade as soon as possible.

BuddyPress 2.8.1 and earlier versions were affected by the following three security issues:

  1. Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) in the XProfile administration Dashboard panel.
  2. Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) in a number of user-facing AJAX endpoints.
  3. Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) when dismissing a pending email change.

These vulnerabilities were reported privately by Ronnie Skansing. Our thanks to Ronnie for reporting security issues in accordance with WordPress’s security policies.

BuddyPress 2.8.1 Maintenance Release

Published on February 22nd, 2017 by Boone Gorges

BuddyPress 2.8.1 is now available. This maintenance release fixes four bugs, including two regressions in BuddyPress 2.8.0. See the Trac milestone or the official changelog for more details.

Version 2.8.1 is a recommended update for all BP installations. Update via the WordPress Dashboard, or download manually from wordpress.org.

BuddyPress 2.8.0 – “San Matteo”

Published on February 15th, 2017 by Slava Abakumov

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.

Localization Improvements

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.

Developer Reference

Regular updates to inline code documentation make it easier for developers to understand how BuddyPress works.

Accessibility Upgrades

Continued improvements for universal access help make BuddyPress back- and front-end screens usable for everyone (and on more devices).

…and much more!

Read about all the bug fixes and feature enhancements introduced in BuddyPress 2.8.0 at our official 2.8.0 changelog.

Thank You to Our Contributors

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:

Andrea Tarantini (dontdream), Ankit K Gupta (ankit-k-gupta), angeljs, Boone B Gorges (boonebgorges), Brandon Allen (thebrandonallen), Bunty (bhargavbhandari90),chetansatasiya (ketuchetan), Chirag Patel (chiragpatel), danbp, David Cavins (dcavins), Dennis (wpdennis), Diana K. Cury (Dianakc), finzend, Hugo (hnla),J.D. Grimes (jdgrimes), John James Jacoby (johnjamesjacoby), Jonas Lundman (jonas-lundman), jonieske, jreeve, lakrisgubben, Laurens Offereins (Offereins), lgreenwoo,maccast, Mathieu Viet (imath), mchansy, mercime, Michael Beckwith (tw2113), modemlooper, Mustafa Uysal (m_uysl), Nick Momrik (nickmomrik), Paul Gibbs (DJPaul),paresh.radadiya (pareshradadiya), Petya Raykovska, r-a-y, rekmla, Renato Alves (espellcaste), Roger Coathup (rogercoathup), Salvatore (DarkWolf),Sanket Parmar (sanket.parmar), Slava Abakumov (slaffik), Stagger Lee (stagger-lee), Stephen Edgar (netweb), Sven Wagener (mahype), wordpressrene.

PanuozzoPress

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.

Time to Go Get 2.8.0!

Grab BuddyPress 2.8.0 “San Matteo” from the wordpress.org plugin repository, or right from your WordPress Dashboard.

Questions, comments, feature requests, or bug reports? Please use our support forums or our development tracker.

BuddyPress 2.8.0 Release Candidate 1

Published on February 10th, 2017 by Slava Abakumov

BuddyPress 2.8.0 Release Candidate 1 is now available for testing. Please download the 2.8.0-RC1 zip or get a copy via our Subversion repository.

This is our last chance to find any bugs that slipped through the beta process. So please test with your themes and plugins. We plan to release BuddyPress 2.8.0 next Wednesday, February 15.

A detailed changelog will be part of our official release notes, but you can get a quick overview by reading the post about the 2.8.0 Beta 1 release.

Release Candidate means we are in string freeze, so translators should feel confident in finishing their BuddyPress translations in GlotPress.

Let us know of any issues you find in the support forums and/or on our development tracker.

Thanks in advance for giving the release candidate a test drive!

BuddyPress 2.8.0 Beta 1

Published on January 19th, 2017 by Slava Abakumov

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
  • Companion Stylesheet – Twentyseventeen #7338
  • Minimum PHP version is 5.3 #7325#7299
  • Support List-Unsubscribe header in emails #7390
  • Make group search more flexible #7418 and other groups improvements, like #7419#7399#7388#7386#7375
  • Lots of new filters in various parts of the code, like #6667#5193
  • Lots of inline documentation tweaks and other fixes and improvements

BP 2.8.0 is almost ready, but please do not run it in a production environment just yet. Let us know of any issues you find in the support forums and/or development tracker.

Thanks everyone for all your help to date. We are excited to release BuddyPress 2.8.0 in February!

BuddyPress 2.7.4 – Security Release

Published on December 23rd, 2016 by John James Jacoby

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.

Please update to these latest versions of BuddyPress today in your WordPress Dashboard, or by downloading from the wordpress.org plugin repository.

Questions or comments? Check out the 2.7.4 changelog, or stop by our support forums or  Trac.

BuddyPress 2.7.3

Published on December 7th, 2016 by @mercime

BuddyPress 2.7.3 is now available. This is a maintenance release and a recommended upgrade for all BuddyPress installations.

BP 2.7.3 fixes bugs in several components. For more information, see the 2.7.3 milestone on BuddyPress Trac.

Update to BuddyPress 2.7.3 today in your WordPress Dashboard, or by downloading from the wordpress.org plugin repository.

Questions or comments? Check out the 2.7.3 changelog, or stop by our support forums or  Trac.

BuddyPress 2.7.2

Published on November 4th, 2016 by @mercime

BuddyPress 2.7.2 is now available. This is a maintenance release and a recommended upgrade for all BuddyPress installations.

BP 2.7.2 fixes a bug which ignored deprecated code being used in existing installations. For more information, see the 2.7.2 milestone on BuddyPress Trac.

Update to BuddyPress 2.7.2 today in your WordPress Dashboard, or by downloading from the wordpress.org plugin repository.

Questions or comments? Check out 2.7.2 changelog, or stop by our support forums or Trac.

BuddyPress 2.7.1

Published on November 3rd, 2016 by @mercime

BuddyPress 2.7.1 is now available. This is a maintenance release and a recommended upgrade for all BuddyPress installations.

BP 2.7.1 fixes bugs in several components. For more information, see the 2.7.1 milestone on BuddyPress Trac.

Update to BuddyPress 2.7.1 today in your WordPress Dashboard, or by downloading from the wordpress.org plugin repository.

Questions or comments? Check out 2.7.1 changelog, or stop by our support forums or Trac.

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