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BuddyPress 2.7.0 Beta 1

Published on September 22nd, 2016 by @mercime

BuddyPress 2.7.0 Beta 1 is lovingly packed with new features and enhancements and is now available for testing. You can download the BP 2.7.0-beta1 zip or get a copy via our Subversion repository. We’d love to have your feedback and testing help.

N.B.If you are still using WordPress 4.1, we remind you that BuddyPress 2.7.0 will require at least WordPress 4.2.

A detailed changelog will be part of our official release notes, but, until then, here’s a tasty list of some of our favorite changes. (Check out this report on Trac for the full list.)

  • Groups query overhaul (#5451)
  • Improved extended profile date field (#5500)
  • Localized timestamps (#5757)
  • Easy unsubscribe from email links (#6932)
  • Front-end group types integration (#7210)
  • Member type and group type filters in Users and Groups admin screens (#6060, #7175)
  • Use WP page names for BP directory pages headings (#6765)
  • Accessibility updates for the front-end and back-end screens (#6871, #6881, #7090, #7222, and many others!)
  • Templating enhancements (#6884, #7132)
  • Improvements to a single group’s management screens (#7079, #6385, #7105)
  • Many, many performance improvements (#7120, #6978, #7208, and more!)
  • Support for querying for groups by new column parent_id (#3961)

BP 2.7.0 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 2.7.0 in mid-October!

BuddyPress 2.6.2

Published on August 4th, 2016 by David Cavins

BuddyPress 2.6.2 is now available. This is a maintenance release that fixes a few bugs introduced in 2.6. For more information, see the 2.6.2 milestone on BuddyPress Trac.

Update to BuddyPress 2.6.2 today in your WordPress Dashboard, or by downloading from the wordpress.org plugin repository.

Questions or comments? Check out 2.6.2 changelog, or stop by our support forums or Trac.

BuddyPress 2.6.1.1

Published on June 30th, 2016 by David Cavins

BuddyPress 2.6.1.1 is now available. This is a maintenance release that fixes a bug introduced in 2.6.1. For more information, see the 2.6.1 milestone on BuddyPress Trac.

Update to BuddyPress 2.6.1.1 today in your WordPress Dashboard, or by downloading from the wordpress.org plugin repository.

Questions or comments? Check out 2.6.1.1 changelog, or stop by our support forums or Trac.

BuddyPress 2.6.1

Published on June 30th, 2016 by David Cavins

BuddyPress 2.6.1 is now available. This is a maintenance and security release, and is a recommended upgrade for all BuddyPress installations.

BP 2.6.1 fixes bugs in several components. For more information, see the 2.6.1 milestone on BuddyPress Trac.

Update to BuddyPress 2.6.1 today in your WordPress Dashboard, or by downloading from the wordpress.org plugin repository.

Questions or comments? Check out 2.6.1 changelog, or stop by our support forums or Trac.

BuddyPress 2.6 – “Espejo”

Published on June 22nd, 2016 by David Cavins

BuddyPress 2.6 “Espejo” is now available for download from the WordPress.org plugin repository, or right from your WordPress Dashboard. “Espejo” includes new features for your community members, new APIs and other fun for developers, and improved performance.

Features

Embed activities into your WordPress posts or pages.

Copy the permalink URL of the activity of your choice, paste it into the content editor of your WordPress post or page, and voilà!, you’ve embedded an activity update. This is a great way to feature interesting activities shared by your community members into your regular WordPress content! Read more about this feature and see it in action.

 

A member custom front page using widgets.

Custom Front Page for Member Profile

Theme developers or site owners can create custom front pages for their community’s members by adding a front.php template to their template overrides. A specific template hierarchy is also available to make them even more unique. Read all about this new feature.

 

Group types metabox in Groups admin page.

Group Types API

Different types of groups can be registered to enable a strict separation between them. This new feature is available to plugin developers starting with BuddyPress 2.6. Learn how to set up Group Types.

 

Easily manage navigation items.

New Navigation API

The member and group navigation system has been totally rewritten, making it easier than ever to customize BuddyPress nav items. Read the informative commit message.

 

Styled BuddyPress components in Twenty Eleven and Twenty Ten

Stylesheets for Twenty Eleven and Twenty Ten

BuddyPress feels right at home now in the classic default themes, Twenty Ten and Twenty Eleven.

 

Under the Hood

Performance Enhancements

Class autoloading reduces the memory needed to run BuddyPress on your server. Improved caching strategies for group membership statuses mean fewer round trips to your overworked database server.

Localization Improvements

Improved localization strings and comments help translators do their much-appreciated work: making BuddyPress available in many languages.

Notifications Updates

Adjustments to the notifications component allow members to receive timely and relevant updates about activity in your community.

Accessibility Upgrades

Continued improvements help make BuddyPress’ admin area and theme-side screens more enjoyable to use for wider audiences on more devices.

Developer Reference

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

 

Translations

Thank you to all of our multilingual friends who make BuddyPress available in a bouquet of languages. These languages have 95% complete translations (or better!): English (Canada), English (New Zealand), French (France), Italian, English (Australia), Russian, Dutch, Romanian, Swedish, Portuguese (Brazil), Turkish, Welsh, German, Norwegian (Bokmål). Many more are nearly complete; we could use your help!

 

…and much more!

Read about all the bug fixes and feature enhancements introduced in BuddyPress 2.6.0 at our official 2.6.0 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:
abweb, Boone B Gorges (boonebgorges), Brandon Allen (thebrandonallen), chherbst, danbrellis, David Cavins (dcavins), Dennis (wpdennis), emrikol, Fee (wdfee), Garrett Hyder (garrett-eclipse), Gary Pendergast (pento), George Mamadashvili (Mamaduka), Henry Wright (henry.wright), Hugo (hnla), John James Jacoby (johnjamesjacoby), Klaus (kmbdeamorg), OC2PS (sooskriszta), lakrisgubben, Laurens Offereins (Offereins), mahadri, Mathieu Viet (imath), mercime, Michael Beckwith (tw2113), mmcachran, modemlooper, Nick Momrik (nickmomrik), OakCreative, oksankaa, Paul Gibbs (DJPaul), Rami Yushuvaev (ramiy), r-a-y, rekmla, r0z, Sergey Biryukov (SergeyBiryukov), singhleo, Slava UA (slaffik), Stephen Edgar (netweb), tharsheblows, VibeThemes, vortfu, WeddyWood, w3dzign.

 

Espejo

The front façade of the fabulous Pizza & Subs restaurant in Rock Island, Illinois.BuddyPress 2.6.0 Espejo (pronounced es-PEH-ho) is named after the owners of the descriptively named “Pizza & Subs” restaurant in Rock Island, Illinois.  The Espejo family has been dishing up amazing local pizza and calzone creations since 1987. At Pizza & Subs, everything from the beehive of activity behind the counter to the Espejo family photos hanging alongside high school basketball posters on the walls, says established, local, and community-oriented. Area expats have been known to smuggle these pizzas home in their suitcases—they’re that good! You can try a classic like the sausage or garden pizza, or try a Quad-Cities original: a taco calzone or pizza. Unless you’re from the Quad Cities, you’ve probably never had a pizza like this!

 

Time to Go Get 2.6!

Grab BuddyPress 2.6 Espejo 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 2.6.0 Release Candidate 1

Published on June 16th, 2016 by David Cavins

BuddyPress 2.6.0 Release Candidate 1 is now available for testing. Please download the 2.6.0-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. We plan to release BuddyPress 2.6.0 next Wednesday, June 22.

A detailed changelog will be part of our official release notes, but you can get a quick overview by reading the post about the 2.6.0 Beta 1 release.

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 2.6.0 beta 1

Published on June 2nd, 2016 by imath

BuddyPress 2.6.0 Beta 1 is available for testing. You can download the 2.6.0-beta1 zip or get a copy via our Subversion repository. We’d love to have your feedback and testing help.

NB: If you are still using WordPress 3.9, we remind you that BuddyPress 2.6.0 will require at least WordPress 4.1.

A detailed changelog will be part of our official release notes, but, until then, here’s a tasty list of some of our favorite changes. (Check out this report on Trac for the full list.)

  • A new API to manage single items (Member or Group) navigation: this is an important improvement. If you are directly accessing buddypress()->bp_nav or buddypress()->bp_options_nav, be aware that this type of access will be deprecated in 2.6.0. We advise you to carefully read this commit message for more information (#6534). You’re going to love the new API.
  • Activity Embeds: embed BP activity items in posts on any WordPress 4.5 (or up)-powered site (#6772)!
  • Group Types API is now available (#6784) and groups will now have their very own default avatar (#6372)!
  • Themes will be able to use a custom front page for member profiles (#6769).
  • We’ve also improved many of our templates, be ready to check your custom templates when 2.6.0 is released. (#6774, #7074)
  • Some of our Administration Screens also got some love and accessibility improvements (#7065, #7080, #7081).
  • Tons of under-the-hood & performance improvements (e.g. #6327, #6853, #7078).
  • Many notifications improvements (e.g. #7023#6750).
  • Many internationalization improvements (e.g. #6899#6900#6901). To our language pack maintainers: thanks in advance for your work updating our translations!
  • Continued coverage of inline code documentation, actions, & filters.

2.6.0 is almost ready (release is planned for June 22, 2016), but please do not run this Beta 1 release in a production environment just yet. Let us know of any issues you find in the support forums and/or on our development tracker.

Thanks everyone for all your contributions so far; please help us test and polish the 2.6.0 release so it can be as awesome as possible!

BuddyPress 2.5.3

Published on May 24th, 2016 by Boone Gorges

BuddyPress 2.5.3 is now available. This is a maintenance and security release, and is a recommended upgrade for all BuddyPress installations.

This release addresses a security issue that could allow an attacker to use brute-force techniques to gather information about WordPress’s hashing mechanisms. The issue was reported by Ben Bidner of the WordPress security team, and the fix was prepared by the BuddyPress security team.

Many thanks to Ben Bidner for practicing coordinated disclosure, in accordance with WordPress and BuddyPress security practices. If you think you’ve found a vulnerability in BuddyPress, please follow the the WordPress guidelines for reporting.

BP 2.5.3 also fixes five bugs related to the way emails are generated and sent in BuddyPress 2.5+. For more information, see the 2.5.3 milestone on BuddyPress Trac.

Update to BuddyPress 2.5.3 today in your WordPress Dashboard, or by downloading from the wordpress.org plugin repository.

Questions or comments? Check out 2.5.3 changelog, or stop by our support forums or Trac.

BuddyPress 2.5.2

Published on March 31st, 2016 by David Cavins

BuddyPress 2.5.2 is now available. This is a maintenance release that fixes issues with the new BuddyPress Emails feature.

Update to BuddyPress 2.5.2 today in your WordPress Dashboard, or by downloading from the wordpress.org plugin repository.

Questions or comments? Check out 2.5.2 changelog, or stop by our support forums or Trac.

BuddyPress 2.5.1

Published on March 10th, 2016 by David Cavins

BuddyPress 2.5.1 is now available. This is a maintenance release that fixes issues with the new BuddyPress Emails feature, with adding recipients to private messages, and with errors if the Activity component were disabled.

Special props go out to @chherbst who diagnosed and proposed a patch to solve a problem with the email situations taxonomy (#6936).

Update to BuddyPress 2.5.1 today in your WordPress Dashboard, or by downloading from the wordpress.org plugin repository.

Questions or comments? Check out 2.5.1 changelog, or stop by our support forums or Trac.

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