🎶 All BuddyPress wants for Christmas🧑🎄 is you 🎵 … to test this new pre-release!
If you haven’t tested our first 10.0.0 beta release, here’s another opportunity to help us put the final touches on our next major release so that we make sure it will fit perfectly into your WordPress-/ BuddyPress-specific configuration.
Beta testing is very important, and we need you all, whether you’re a novice or an advanced user, a theme designer or a plugin author. Please contribute 🙏.
Custom Group Extensions: if you activated one or more plugins adding a new tab to your groups or if you built one or more plugins playing with the Group Extension API. It’s very important you take some time to make sure everything is working as expected in this area.
Contribute to WordPress 5.9 beta tests as well! Let’s all check that BuddyPress pages are getting along well with Twenty Twenty-Two, the next WordPress default theme.
The Private Messages component just got a new feature: messages thread exit. Users can now remove themselves from a conversation.
The current target for final release is early next year : January 5, 2022. That’s only 3 weeks away 😱, so we would appreciate your help making sure this next major version of your community engine is as good as it can be.
As usual, testing for bugs is the key to a safe upgrade. It’s the main reason we actually package beta/RC versions 👉 so please give us a few minutes of your time to make sure this pre-release behaves the right way with your specific WordPress configuration, your theme, and the other WordPress plugins you are using. Try to use a testing site which is very close to the one you are using in production. If you find something weird (aside from the great new features below), please report it on BuddyPress Trac or post a reply to this support topic.
Around 70 changes to expect in 10.0.0
You can check out this report on Trac for the full list of them. Below are the ones we believe will improve your BuddyPress experience in the most significant way.
🛂 Site Membership Requests
Site Administrators wishing to have more control over who can join their community will be able to enable site membership requests from their BuddyPress Options Administration screen. Once done, BuddyPress sign-ups are transformed into membership requests to be manually reviewed and approved by an Administrator to validate new user accounts.
🗞 More engaging logging activities
These simple activities about specific user interactions or events (e.g.: a user became a friend of another user) will be more visually attractive to improve user engagement in your community. The most impressive new activity is that which is generated when a user updates their profile photo: it will include the profile photo that spurred the creation of the activity item, even if it has been updated since 📸!
🎨 WordPress Full Site Editing compatibility
You’re beta testing WordPress 5.9: first thank you, second please take a few more minutes to check the improvements we’ve made to our BP Theme Compatibility API to play nice with themes supporting Full Site Editing such as the next WordPress default theme: Twenty Twenty-Two.
➕ A new place to easily discover our next BuddyPress Add-ons
BuddyPress Add-ons are side projects/projects as features/next BuddyPress blocks maintained by the BuddyPress development team we’ll soon make more widely available by publishing them on the WordPress plugin directory. When BuddyPress 10.0.0 is released, you’ll find a new tab to your “Add Plugins” Administration screen. On it, you’ll see a new add-on for a potentially upcoming feature: BP Rewrites. We think this will bring more contributions to the BuddyPress project as a whole.
If for a specific reason you can’t upgrade to 9.1.1, we also included the security fixes to our branches from 2.9 to 8.0. Here’s the list of the available downloads for the corresponding tags, you can also find on our WordPress.org Directory Advanced page:
If you are using BP 2.9.4 and can’t upgrade to 9.1.1, please upgrade to 126.96.36.199
If you are using BP 3.2.0 and can’t upgrade to 9.1.1, please upgrade to 3.2.1
If you are using BP 4.4.0 and can’t upgrade to 9.1.1, please upgrade to 4.4.1
If you are using BP 5.2.0 and can’t upgrade to 9.1.1, please upgrade to 5.2.1
If you are using BP 6.4.0 and can’t upgrade to 9.1.1, please upgrade to 6.4.2
If you are using BP 7.3.0 and can’t upgrade to 9.1.1, please upgrade to 7.3.2
If you are using BP 8.0.0 and can’t upgrade to 9.1.1, please upgrade to 8.0.2
9.0.0 is named after Mico’s Pizza in Sanary, a little town on the french riviera. The story of Mico starts in 1968 when Liliane and Jean-Louis bought a restaurant looking like a swiss chalet. “Mico” is the nickname customers gave to Liliane (Jean-Louis’s wife) because of the remarkable outfits and big colorful hats she used to wear. Their son Romuald, twelve years after following in his parents’ footsteps, continues the tradition and offers us a moment of happiness around a table that is always excellent, friendly and so uncommon, just like BuddyPress 9.0.0 🍕
👉 If you’re upgrading from a previous version of BuddyPress, it’s always a good idea to back-up your WordPress database and files ahead of time.
You can review all of the changes in this 9.0.0 release in the release notes. Below are the key features we believe you are going to enjoy most!
It’s all about Widget Blocks!
WordPress 5.8 is right around the corner and debuts a brand new way to manage widgets: the Widget Block Editor. With BuddyPress 9.0.0, we have introduced 10 new BuddyPress Blocks, so you can continue to use your favorite BP Widgets with the new WP Block approach.
The new BP Widget Blocks are simply Legacy Widgets we’ve rebuilt as BP Blocks, which means you can also access them in the Block Editor for use in your posts or pages!
PS: Have you noticed that the icons for BuddyPress Blocks are now bright red?
Convert a Legacy Widget into a Block Widget in two clicks 😎
As shown in the image above, it’s very easy to transform a Widget into a Block. Your existing Widget settings will automagically be imported into your shiny, new BP Block.
NB: Creating a BP Block for each existing BP Legacy Widget marks the first step toward the progressive retirement of these tiny pieces of BuddyPress content.
The BP REST API: Improved endpoints and a new one!
This BuddyPress release was built in a short time frame to be ready for the release of WordPress 5.8.
While doing the work on BP Widget Blocks, we’ve also manipulated many of our REST API endpoints and took this opportunity to improve several of them. We’re also introducing a new Sitewide Notices endpoint to allow site admins to create, edit, or delete notices and let all of your users fetch the active notice.
Under the hood
9.0.0 comes with fewer changes than most of our releases but includes fixes for issues which appeared in 8.0.0 and BP Nouveau Template Pack improvements.
Many thanks to the 24 contributors who helped us build & translate BuddyPress 9.0.0
How are you using BuddyPress? Receiving your feedback and suggestions for future versions of BuddyPress genuinely motivates and encourages our contributors. Please share your feedback about this version of BuddyPress on our website.
Important note: this BuddyPress release was built in a short time frame (we even skipped the beta release) to be ready for the release of WordPress 5.8. Our team’s primary goal for 9.0.0 was to migrate the BP Legacy Widgets to new BP Widget Blocks. You don’t necessarily need the latest WordPress 5.8 pre-release to test the BuddyPress 9.0.0 Release Candidate, but we’d be happy if you could use both pre-release versions to have your feedback about your experience with managing the BP Widget Blocks within the Widget Block Editor.
“Release Candidate” means that we believe the new version is ready for release, but with more than 200,000 active installs, hundreds of BuddyPress plugins and Thousands of WordPress themes, it’s possible something was missed. BuddyPress 9.0.0 is slated for release on July 19, 2021, but your help is needed to get there 🙏.
You can test the 9.0.0-RC1 pre-release in 4 ways :
“Alfano” is our first major release of 2021. It is named after Alfano’s Pizza in Rock Island, Illinois, a family-run pizzeria that’s been around since the 1970s. They know how to keep it simple: there’s nothing on the menu but mouth-watering pizzas and calzones featuring their own made-from-scratch sauce and crust. For the true Alfano’s experience, order a stuffed pizza and dine in with as many friends as you can bring. The massive, two-crust pizza will be brought to the table piping hot, and there will be plenty for everyone!
👉 If you’re upgrading from a previous version of BuddyPress, it’s always a good idea to back-up your WordPress database and files ahead of time.
You can review all of the changes in this 8.0.0 release in the release notes. Below are the key features we believe you are going to enjoy most!
Your current members are the best way to recruit fantastic new members for your community.
Whether public registration is enabled or not, you can activate this great new opt-in feature from your site’s BuddyPress settings; with it, your trusted members will handpick new members who will enrich your community.
Once activated, each member will be able to send new Member Invitation emails and manage the pending invitations directly from his or her profile area.
You keep control of everything thanks to two new screens we added to the BuddyPress Tools dashboard: invitations and opt-outs management.
First, you can select any xProfile field from any xProfile field group to use on your site’s registration form. Second, if your site requires that users accept specific rules such as terms of service or a code of conduct, you can now take advantage of the new Checkbox Acceptance xProfile Field type to record their agreement.
Third, once a user activates his or her account, BuddyPress will send a welcome email to help get him or her engaged with your community. You can customize the content of this email from the Emails menu of your WordPress dashboard. Have a look to this developer note to find out more about it.
WP xProfile field types.
The WP Biography field type lets you include the user’s Biographical Info and thanks to the WP Textbox field you can include the first & last name, the Website URL as well as any of the custom contact methods of your users.
Receiving your feedback and suggestions for future versions of BuddyPress genuinely motivates and encourages our contributors. Please share your feedback about this version of BuddyPress in the comments area of this post. And of course, if you’ve found a bug: please tell us about it into our Support forums.
“Release Candidate” means that we think the new version is ready for release, but with more than 200,000 active installs, hundreds of BuddyPress plugins and Thousands of WordPress themes, it’s possible something was missed. BuddyPress 8.0.0 is slated for release on June 7, 2021, but your help is needed to get there — if you haven’t tried 8.0.0 yet, doing it now is a great idea!
A detailed changelog will be part of our official release note, but you can get a quick overview by reading the post about the 8.0.0 Beta1 release.
Plugin and Theme Developers
Please test your plugins and themes against BuddyPress 8.0.0. If you find compatibility problems, please be sure to post to this specific support topic so we can figure those out before the final release. We strongly advise you to have a look at the 8.0.0 developer notes to figure out what to focus on during your testing.
If you haven’t tested our first 8.0.0 beta release, here’s another opportunity to help us give the final touches to our next major release so that we make sure it will fit perfectly into your WordPress / BuddyPress specific configuration. Beta testing is very important and we need you all, whether you’re a regular or advanced user, a theme designer or a plugin author: please contribute!
First we applied to ourselves the advice we just gave you into the first paragraph of this post: we’ve tested BuddyPress on WordPress 5.8-alpha and on latest stable WordPress & Gutenberg’s plugin. Our goal was to check the very promising Widgets Block Editor that is announced to be part of the WordPress 5.8 release. This helped us anticipate some deprecation notices and prevent an issue to happen into the new Widgets Block Editor Administration screen. If you were worried about losing your favorite BuddyPress widgets once WordPress 5.8 is released: be reassured, we can tell you there’s a back-compatibility mechanism into the Widgets Block feature making sure legacy widgets can still be managed from the new Widgets Block Editor Administration screen. If you’re wondering if we have a plan about migrating these widgets as blocks, we confirm we do and we actually started building these next BP Blocks!
We also tested the Full Site Editing feature. For now, there’s a breaking change preventing our BP Theme Compat API to behave as expected but we’re on it and we’ll make sure BuddyPress is Full Site Editing ready before this feature is merged into WordPress core.
The current target for final release is June 2, 2021. That’s just five weeks away, so your help is vital to making sure that the final release is as good as it can be.
Please note BuddyPress 8.0.0 will require at least WordPress 4.9.
We repeat it each time we announce a beta release : testing for bugs is VERRRY important. Please make sure to test this pre-release using a testing configuration which is very close to the one you are using in production. If you find something unusual (aside from the great new features below), please report it on BuddyPress Trac or post a reply to this support topic.
Here are the three hottest 8.0.0 features to pay close attention to while testing (Check out this report on Trac for the full list).
👫 BP Members Invitations
Whether you allow open registration or not you can use this opt-in feature to let your community grow itself. Once enabled from the BuddyPress Options Administration screen, your members will be able to invite their network of friends, co-workers, students, developers, well possibly anyone, to join your site 📈.
✍️ Selectable xProfile sign-up fields
Until now, only the Primary group of xProfile fields was displayed on the registration form of your community. 8.0.0 gives you the freedom to choose any field from any field group to add to your site’s registration form 💫.
Include WordPress user fields in your BuddyPress member profiles
8.0.0 introduces 2 new xProfile Field types. The WP Textbox can be used to include the user’s first name, last name, Website link or any potential WP contact methods. With the WP Biography field you can display the Biographical Info in the group of xProfile fields of your choice 🙌 .