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2015 BuddyPress Survey

Published on February 18th, 2015 by John James Jacoby

Every year we put together a survey to better gauge how things are going. The core team often has an idea of the direction we’d like things to go (largely influenced by improvements to WordPress) but generally speaking, we really try to build and improve the things you think are the most important.

Mercime once again was kind enough to build a survey of questions to help us build a better BuddyPress, and determine if any course corrections are necessary. If you’re reading this post, or have ever used or considered using BuddyPress in the past, we want to hear from you. The survey is embedded below for your convenience.

We really appreciate you taking a few moments to fill this out, and we’ll post the results in the next few weeks. Thank you!

BuddyPress 2.2.1 – Maintenance Release

Published on February 18th, 2015 by John James Jacoby

BuddyPress 2.2.0 was so good, we knew you’d want 2.2.1 right away. It’s a maintenance release that fixes a few accidental features we didn’t know we introduced. Included below for your enjoyment is an elegant log of changes made over the past 2 weeks. Give it a peek, if you’re curious, or just go get to updating your BuddyPress’s instead.

  • Multisite: Deleting a post from non-root blog may delete root pages (#6226)
  • Activity: ‘just-me’ scope not using correct user ID (#6215)
  • Notifications: Pagination query string argument fix (#6205)
  • Register: Fix root page settings saving (#6197)
  • Members: Displaying member types within members loop fails (#6193)
  • BP-legacy: Improve directory page template wrapper handling (#6190)

Special thanks to Ray who stepped up and promptly patched most of these to get them to you ASAP.

Happy BuddyPress’ing!

BuddyPress 2.2 – Spumoni

Published on February 5th, 2015 by John James Jacoby

Available immediately is BuddyPress 2.2 – Spumoni.

“Spumoni” is actually short for L&B Spumoni Gardens, a pizzeria located in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bensonhurst. Originally conceived as an ice and spumoni stand, it grew into a full-scale pizzeria that’s known for its Sicilian pizza and ices during the mid-1950s. Several members of the core team ate here together back in 2012, and have been struggling to find a better slice ever since.

Here’s our favorite changes 2.2 features, in no particular order.

  • Member types will allow developers to register different types of users. (Think ‘teacher’ vs. ‘student’.)
  • Post type activities will allow developers to connect custom post types to activity stream items.
  • Improvements to the Legacy template pack.
  • Several new query API’s (based on WordPress improvements) for retrieving exactly the results you’re looking for.
  • Continued cache enhancements, particularly for multi-site and multi-network WordPress configurations.
  • Improved Group invitations UI.
  • Tons of under-the-hood improvements.
  • Increased coverage of inline code documentation, actions, & filters.
  • Read all the rest!

BuddyPress is a volunteer effort, lead by a passionate team of prolific open-source contributors. Please take a moment to acknowledge all of their great work, and buy them a slice if you see them around town. Our MVP for this release is Michael Beckwith (tw2113) for his big-time efforts on improving our code documentation.

andemann, Andrea Tarantini (dontdream), Boone B Gorges (boonebgorges), Brandon Allen (thebrandonallen), Clean-Cole, colabsadmin, Damon Cook (colorful tones), danbp, David Cavins (dcavins), Fahmi Adib (fahmiadib), George Mamadashvili (Mamaduka), Greg Rickaby (gregrickaby), Hugo (hnla), Jake Spurlock (whyisjake), Jess Planck (ev3rywh3re), John James Jacoby (johnjamesjacoby), Josh (joshshashaty), jreeve, lakrisgubben, Laurens Offereins (Offereins) lenasterg, Mario Peshev (nofearinc), Mathieu Viet (imath), mercime, Michael Beckwith (tw2113), modemlooper, OC2PS (sooskriszta), Paul Gibbs (DJPaul), pro120, psycleuk, r-a-y, Renato Alves (espellcaste),
Sergio De Falco (SGr33n), shpitzyl, Slava UA (slaFFik), standardspace, Stephen Edgar (netweb), svenl77, tharsheblows, thebigA, thomaslhotta, Tomasz Ostrowski (tometzky), Unsal Korkmaz (unsalkorkmaz), vimes1984, Scott Taylor (wonderboymusic)

Thank you everyone for helping make 2.2 such a great release!

BuddyPress 2.2 – Release Candidate 2

Published on January 29th, 2015 by John James Jacoby

BuddyPress 2.2 Release Candidate 2 is now ready for testing. Please download the 2.2-rc2 zip or grab it from our Subversion repository if that’s your thing. Your help testing during this final week is greatly appreciated.

A detailed changelog will be part of our official release notes, but here’s our favorite changes that we want you to test. Use this report on Trac if you’d like a more detailed view.

  • Member types will allow developers to register different types of users. (Think ‘teacher’ vs. ‘student’.)
  • Post type activities will allow developers to connect custom post types to activity stream items.
  • Numerous improvements to the Legacy template pack.
  • Several new query API’s (based on WordPress improvements) for retrieving exactly the results you’re looking for.
  • Continued cache enhancements, particularly for multi-site and multi-network WordPress configurations.
  • Improved Group invitations UI.
  • Tons of under-the-hood improvements.
  • Increased coverage of inline code documentation, actions, & filters.

We’ve post-poned 2.2 for 1 week, and hope to release on February 4. Let us know about any issues you find in the support forums and/or on our development tracker, and we’ll be sure to get them fixed up right away!

Thanks again y’all, and we’re excited to release 2.2 next week!

Make.WordPress Community Hub Poll

Published on January 26th, 2015 by Hugo

Here’s a reminder for those who haven’t seen it. Please take a few minutes to fill in the Community Hub Poll as the poll closes in the next few days. Get at it!

This poll’s aim is to find out what features the WordPress community would like in their Community Hub. This survey will close at 29 January 2015 00:00 UTC What do we need from you? Please fill in this poll to voice what features you feel are important for the WordPress community hub to have.

Take the poll

BuddyPress 2.2 – Beta 2

Published on January 15th, 2015 by John James Jacoby

BuddyPress 2.2 Beta 2 is now ready for testing. Please download the 2.2-beta2 zip or snag it from our Subversion repository. If you are a plugin or theme developer, your help testing with us is very much appreciated.

A detailed changelog will be part of our official release notes, but here’s a rundown of our favorite changes that we hope you’ll try out. (Check out this report on Trac for a more detailed view.)

  • Member types will allow developers to register different types of users. (Think ‘teacher’ vs. ‘student’.)
  • Post type activities will allow developers to connect custom post types to activity stream items.
  • Numerous improvements to the Legacy template pack.
  • Several new query API’s (based on WordPress improvements) for retrieving exactly the results you’re looking for.
  • Continued cache enhancements, particularly for multi-site and multi-network WordPress configurations.
  • Improved Group invitations UI.
  • Tons of under-the-hood improvements.
  • Increased coverage of inline code documentation, actions, & filters.

2.2 is on course for a January 28 release. Please let us know about any issues you find in the support forums and/or on our development tracker.

Thanks everyone for all your help, and we’ll see you soon for a Release Candidate!

BuddyPress 2.2 – Beta 1

Published on January 10th, 2015 by John James Jacoby

BuddyPress 2.2 Beta 1 is available for testing. Please download the 2.2-beta1 zip or get a copy via our Subversion repository. If you are a plugin or theme developer, or are running a BuddyPress powered site with a development environment available, your help testing it out with us is very much appreciated.

A detailed changelog will be part of our official release notes, but until then here’s a rundown of some of our favorite changes that could use your eyes. (Check out this report on Trac for a more detailed view.)

  • Member types will allow developers to register different types of users. (Think ‘teacher’ vs. ‘student’.)
  • Post type activities will allow developers to connect custom post types to activity stream items.
  • Numerous improvements to the Legacy template pack.
  • Several new query API’s (based on WordPress improvements) for retrieving exactly the results you’re looking for.
  • Continued cache enhancements, particularly for multi-site and multi-network WordPress configurations.
  • Tons of under-the-hood improvements.
  • Increased coverage of inline code documentation, actions, & filters.

2.2 is almost here, but we don’t recommend running it on a production site quite yet. Please let us know about any issues you find in the support forums and/or on our development tracker.

Thanks everyone for all your help, and we are excited to get BuddyPress 2.2 out by the end of January!

BuddyPress 2.1.1

Published on October 7th, 2014 by imath

BuddyPress 2.1.1 is now available. Download from the wordpress.org plugin repository, as a zip file, or through WordPress via Dashboard > Plugins.

This maintenance release mainly provides a number of fixes in the theme area (BP Legacy or BP Default).

For a complete list of changes made for this release, visit the 2.1.1 changelog.

Questions or comments? Visit out support forums or Trac.

BuddyPress 2.1 “Patsy”

Published on September 18th, 2014 by Boone Gorges

The BuddyPress team is proud to introduce BuddyPress 2.1 “Patsy”!

 

Revamped @mentions interface

mentions

BuddyPress has long supported @mentions in the activity stream. But previously, you needed to know the username of the member you wanted to mention. No longer. In BuddyPress 2.1, typing the @ key will bring up the new suggestions panel, making it easier than ever to connect with others in your network.

 

New profile field type: URL

The new URL field type allows your users to enter URLs in a number of formats, and ensures that they’re properly linked when displayed on member profiles.

 

Better translations

Running a BuddyPress site in a language other than English? We’ve worked with the WordPress team to get BP translation files downloading automatically to your WP installation. And, thanks to the tireless effort of a team of polyglots, BP is more translatable – and more translated – than ever.

 

Under the hood

We’ve made dozens of improvements with developers in mind. Here’s a taste:

  • Access control in BP_Group_Extension has been completely overhauled, allowing plugins to manage access to their nav items on a fine-grained basis.
  • A new group_activity sort order has been added for Groups queries.
  • A no_access_url parameter has been added to bp_core_new_subnav_item(). This allows you to set the URL that users are redirected to when they do not have permission to access a sub-navigation item.
  • Extra CSS classes have been added to Profile Field visibility field elements, allowing greater CSS customization.

Read more about the hundreds of bug fixes and feature enhancements in BuddyPress 2.1 at our official 2.1 changelog.

 

Give me my propers when you get home

The following users contributed code to BuddyPress 2.1. Huge thanks to them, and to all who have tested and provided feedback during this development period!

adamt19, Alex Mills (Viper007Bond), allendav, alternatekev, Automattic, Beau Lebens (beaulebens), Boone B Gorges (boonebgorges), Brad Williams (williamsba1), Brajesh Singh (sbrajesh), danbp, David Cavins (dcavins), Erin B. (ebellempire), esroyo, godavid33, Henry Wright (henry.wright), Hugo (hnla), Mathieu Viet (imath), John James Jacoby (johnjamesjacoby), Jose Conti (jconti), jreeve, Laurens Offereins (Offereins) lenasterg, mercime, Michael Beckwith (tw2113), Miles Stewart (milesstewart88), needle, OC2PS (sooskriszta), Paul Gibbs (DJPaul), r-a-y, Roger Coathup (rogercoathup), Sarah Gooding (pollyplummer), Sergio De Falco (SGr33n), shanebp, Slava UA (slaFFik), Stephen Edgar (netweb), Tammie (karmatosed), tomdxw, treyhunner, ubernaut, wbajzek, WCUADD, wpdennis, wolfhoundjesse.

 

By the slice

BuddyPress 2.1 is named for Patsy’s, a classic pizzeria in East Harlem, NYC. Aside from top-notch pies, Patsy’s is famous for its claim to have originated the practice of selling pizza by the slice. What better way to celebrate a new version of BuddyPress than grabbing a slice for yourself?

Download BuddyPress 2.1 “Patsy” today, from your WordPress Dashboard or wordpress.org/plugins/buddypress. Questions or comments about this release? Stop by our excellent support forums or visit our development tracker. Thanks for using BuddyPress!

BuddyPress 2.1 Release Candidate

Published on September 16th, 2014 by Boone Gorges

BuddyPress 2.1 Release Candidate 1 is now available. The “Release Candidate” status means that the final release of BP 2.1 is imminent, and this is your last chance to put the next version through its paces before it comes out.

Get BP 2.1-RC1 through Subversion, or by downloading the zip file here: https://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/buddypress.2.1-RC1.zip. And remember: this is still pre-release software, so we don’t recommend running it on your production site.

Questions or comments? Drop a note in our support forums or our development tracker.