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BuddyPress 2.2.3 – Security Release

Published on April 20th, 2015 by John James Jacoby

BuddyPress 2.2.3 is out, which fixes several instances where URLs were not made safe (escaped) for output to the browser. If you’re using any version of BuddyPress and have not yet updated, please do so right away. If you need help, please reach out in our support forums and someone will be happy to assist you.

The BuddyPress team worked closely with the WordPress core team and several other plugin authors to coordinate the release of 2.2.3 alongside other libraries with similar issues.

These fixes have also been ported over to what will be 2.3, which we continue to run here at BuddyPress.org.

BuddyPress 2.2.2 – Security & Maintenance Release

Published on April 10th, 2015 by John James Jacoby

Hot off of BuddyPress 2.2.1 is 2.2.2. It’s both a security and maintenance release that fixes two potential security issues (responsibly disclosed by Todd Gibson & Justin Heideman) and improves our filtering of the title tag.

  • Activity: sanitize output of “Load More” link
  • Members: better nonce check on members widget
  • Core: improve filtering of wp_title

Sorry for the late Friday release, and thanks for keeping your BuddyPresses up-to-date!

BuddyPress at WordCamp London

Published on March 16th, 2015 by Paul Gibbs

The BuddyPress team and many of our contributors regularly attend WordCamps around the world. If you’re unfamiliar with WordCamps, they are affordable WordPress conferences organised by volunteers who are passionate about WordPress and the WordPress community. Contributor Days often accompany WordCamps, and they are a chance for you to learn how to contribute back to WordPress from people who are already contributors.

You can find your nearest WordCamp at WordCamp Central.

At WordCamps, the BuddyPress team enjoy meeting people who use BuddyPress, and we love to discover what’s being built with it! WordCamps are one of our most important touchpoints with our community, and they help us to refocus our goals and expectations alongside those of the community.

Next weekend (20th – 22nd March, 2015) is WordCamp London (UK), at the London Metropolitan University. Tickets are still available. There is a Contributor Day on the 20th.

If you are going to WordCamp London and want to talk BuddyPress, then you’re in luck! London is going to have a sizeable gathering of regular BuddyPress contributors. You might recognise the following people from the BuddyPress team who are attending: Mathieu Viet (@imath), Hugo Ashmore (@hnla), Henry Wright (@henrywright), Paul Gibbs (@djpaul) — amongst others.

Don’t miss regular contributor Bowe Frankema’s presentation on the Saturday, “How I Used WordPress for my Dream Project: CFCommunity“, and learn about how BuddyPress played a part in that project.

If you want to learn how to contribute to BuddyPress, or in any other part of BuddyPress, then don’t forget the Contributor Day!. You do not need to be a developer or coder to be involved in the Contributor Day – help with design, documentation, and user testing is always welcome. Contributor Day is free to attend, but there is a separate registration form that you need to complete.

See you soon!

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!