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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

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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.

BuddyPress 2.0.3 Security Release

Published on September 15th, 2014 by Paul Gibbs

BuddyPress 2.0.3 is now available. This is a security release which fixes one security issue with group creation, which was discovered by the BuddyPress team.

This is an important and recommended update for all BuddyPress sites. A full changelog is at https://codex.buddypress.org/developer/releases/version-2-0-3/.

You can upgrade via your WordPress Dashboard > Updates. You can also download the latest version at https://wordpress.org/plugins/buddypress.

BuddyPress 2.1 – Beta 1

Published on August 23rd, 2014 by John James Jacoby

BuddyPress 2.1 is going to be our best version yet, and is on track for our an almost-on-time release in just a few short weeks. If you are a plugin or theme developer, or are running a BuddyPress powered site with a development environment available, please download the 2.1-beta1 zip or get a copy via our Subversion repository. We would really appreciate your help testing it out with us.

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.)

  • New @mentions interface: type an @ when leaving a status update or commenting on an activity item or blog post, and the new suggestions panel will open.
  • Set more secure passwords with the password strength meter on the registration and user settings pages
  • New “URL” XProfile field type
  • Continued performance enhancements, particularly on the Members and Groups directories.
  • Higher quality translations (automatically fetched by WordPress), courtesy of our translation volunteers; thanks!
  • Tons of under-the-hood tweaks

Please let us know about any issues you find in the support forums or on our development tracker. Remember this is still beta software, and we don’t recommend running it on a production site quite yet.

Thanks for your help, and we look forward to releasing BuddyPress 2.1 soon!

BuddyPress 2.0.2

Published on August 5th, 2014 by Paul Gibbs

We’re very happy to announce that BuddyPress 2.0.2 is now available. Download from the wordpress.org plugin repository, as a zip file, or through WordPress via Dashboard > Plugins.

This maintenance release provides a number of fixes for regressions in the Extended Profiles component, and also fixes a PHP Notice that can occur in certain situation (also in the Extended Profile component).

For a complete list of changes made for this release, visit the 2.0.2 changelog.

Questions or comments? Visit out support forums or Trac.

BuddyPress 2.0.1

Published on May 3rd, 2014 by Boone Gorges

BuddyPress 2.0.1 is now available. Download from the wordpress.org plugin repository, as a zip file, or through WordPress via Dashboard > Plugins.

This maintenance release includes a number of important fixes, including:

  • Improvements to some 1.9.x-2.0.x upgrade routines, including the creation of the wp_signups table and the migration of last_activity data
  • Fixes for a handful of regressions related to group querying and creation
  • Backward compatibility improvements for plugins that extend the xprofile component

For a complete list of changes made for this release, visit the 2.0.1 changelog.

Questions or comments? Visit out support forums or Trac.

BuddyPress 2.0 “Juliana”

Published on April 16th, 2014 by Boone Gorges

The BuddyPress team is thrilled to announce that BuddyPress 2.0 “Juliana” is now available!

This release focuses on administrative tools, performance, and improvements to the activity stream. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights.

New Administrative Tools

If you manage a BuddyPress-powered community, BuddyPress 2.0 is for you. We have built a number of new tools that simplify and centralize common administrative tasks:

  • Profile editing – Need to manage a user’s profile information? We’ve integrated a new “Extended Profile” tab into the Dashboard > Users interface, where you can manage profile data, avatars, user status, and more.
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  • Spam User Management – WordPress Multisite has long had the ability to manage spam users from the Dashboard. We’ve brought the same capabilities to non-Multisite installations.
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  • Pending Users – The Pending users tab in Dashboard > Users lets you see a list of signups that have not yet been activated. You can also perform useful tasks like manual account activation and resending activation emails.
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  • Repair Tools – Occasionally, BP friend counts and other data can get out of sync. The new Tools screen lets admins manually reset these values.
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Performance Improvements

The most successful BuddyPress sites are highly dynamic, with a steady stream of new visitors and new content. This dynamic nature means that BuddyPress is a highly database-driven platform, and database performance is often a bottleneck when it comes to scaling BP sites. BuddyPress 2.0 tackles this problem head-on. We’ve streamlined some of the most common problematic queries – such as those in the Members and Activity directories – to shave up to 95% of the query time off of certain individual queries. The sheer number of queries has been dramatically reduced as well, so that single page views access the database up to 50% less than in BP 1.9. And we’ve totally overhauled the way that BuddyPress utilizes advanced caching systems like APC and Memcached, so that users of these systems will see up to 75% fewer cache misses on costly queries.

If you’re a BuddyPress developer or site administrator, you can get more in-depth explanation of changes and an overview of selected benchmarks in this post on bpdevel.wordpress.com. If you are a BuddyPress user, you can just sit back and enjoy the speedier pageloads and reduced server overhead of your BuddyPress 2.0 site!

Activity Stream Enhancements

Spend a lot of time viewing the activity stream? BuddyPress 2.0 automatically lets you know when new items are ready to be loaded.

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The activity stream is better integrated with blog posts, too. Comment on a blog post, and an activity item is posted. Comment on a blog-related activity item, and a blog comment is posted. No more worrying about fractured conversations.

We’ve also reworked the way that phrases like “Boone posted an update” are handled, so that they’re always up-to-date and always translatable.

And much more

BuddyPress 2.0 introduces dozens more small features, and fixes scores of bugs. We’ve compiled a complete 2.0 changelog on the BuddyPress Codex.

Juliana is Number Two

BuddyPress 2.0 is named for Juliana’s Pizza in Brooklyn, NY. Juliana’s is the second pizza establishment opened in the same location by master pizzaiolo Patsy Grimaldi (it’s a long story), and was also the locale for a serious BuddyPress powwow and up-close dining experience by two members of the core team. For these reasons (not to mention the outstanding pizza) we think that BuddyPress 2.0 “Juliana” has a special ring to it.

Thanks, thanks, and more thanks

BuddyPress is built, with love, by a worldwide network of volunteers. The following people contributed patches during the BuddyPress 2.0 development cycle:

boonebgorges, Bowromir, burakali, chouf1, cmmarslender, danbp, dcavins, Denis-de-Bernardy, DJPaul, ericlewis, glyndavidson, graham-washbrook, henrywright, henry.wright, hnla, imath, johnjamesjacoby, karmatosed, lenasterg, MacPresss, markoheijnen, megainfo, mercime, modemlooper, mpa4hu, needle, netweb, ninnypants, Pietro Oliva, pross, r-a-y, reactuate, rodrigorznd, rogercoathup, rzen, SergeyBiryukov, shanebp, SlothLoveChunk, StijnDeWitt, terraling, trishasalas, tw2113, vanillalounge.

Many thanks to these contributors, and to all who have pitched in the forums and elsewhere.

One final point. Technically, BuddyPress “2.0” is just the version between 1.9 and 2.1. But still, there’s something special about crossing into the 2.x series, especially given the timing: we just crossed 2 million downloads, and it’s been almost exactly five years since BuddyPress 1.0 was released. On behalf of the core team and contributors, I’d like to extend a few special thanks: to founding developer Andy Peatling for getting the ball rolling; to Matt Mullenweg for providing support to the BuddyPress project; and especially to the many thousands of BuddyPress users who have followed and advocated for the project over the years. If BP has done great things for the thousands of communities that depend on it (and I think it has), it’s because of the incredible community around the software itself. A million Two million thanks to all of you.

Upgrade Today

You can get BuddyPress 2.0 from the wordpress.org plugin repository, or right from your WordPress Dashboard.

As always, questions, comments, bug reports, feature requests, and general laudatory remarks can be directed toward our support forums or our development tracker.

BuddyPress 2.0 Release Candidate

Published on April 13th, 2014 by Boone Gorges

The first release candidate (RC1) for BuddyPress 2.0 is now available (zip). Since the last beta, we have made about 10 small changes; see the changelog for details.

At this time, BP 2.0 is in a string freeze – we won’t be changing any more text between now and the final release. If you are helping to maintain a BuddyPress translation, this is your chance to make final revisions before 2.0 comes out. (We’re still looking good for April 16.)

Questions, comments, concerns, bugs, praise? Visit the support forums or BP Trac.

BuddyPress 2.0-beta2

Published on April 8th, 2014 by Boone Gorges

The second (and hopefully final) beta for BuddyPress 2.0 is now available (zip). Since Beta 1, we’ve made a few dozen fixes and improvements. Notable changes from the first beta:

  • Fixed a potential out-of-memory fatal error in certain activity stream views. #2768
  • Fixed broken SQL query format on certain activity stream views. #5503
  • Improvements to profile visibility settings appearance #5352
  • Fixed a bug where blog comments were not synced to the activity stream when the comment author != blog author #5507
  • Better logic to avoid duplicates and invalid results during the activity heartbeat ping #5505
  • Miscellaneous localization improvements

Plugin authors, theme authors, and site administrators with access to dev environments: please get out there and test! We need your continued feedback to make our scheduled release of April 16.

Questions? Comments? Visit our support forums or our development tracker.

BuddyPress 2.0 Beta 1 is now available

Published on March 29th, 2014 by Boone Gorges

The first beta for BuddyPress 2.0 is now ready for testing!

BuddyPress 2.0 is shaping up to be a very exciting upgrade, and is currently on track for our an on-time release in mid-April. But we need your help! If you are a plugin or theme developer, or if you are running a BuddyPress site and you have a development/sandbox environment available, please download the 2.0-beta1 zip or get a copy via Subversion, and put it through its paces.

We’ll have more details about the changes in our official release documents, but in the meantime, here’s a quick overview of some of the largest changes that need attention. (For a complete list, see this report). First, user-facing stuff:

  • We have a number of new administrative tools:
    • User Extended Profile data is now editable at Dashboard > [Network Admin >] Users
    • Non-Multisite installations can now perform spam actions from Dashboard > Users
    • Dashboard > Tools > BuddyPress contains a number of tools for correcting data that occasionally gets out of sync on BP installs
  • In addition, signups/registrations have been completely overhauled. There is now a subsection on Dashboard > [Network Admin >] Users for handling Pending users, where you can resend activation emails, perform manual activations, and more. The way BP integrates with WP’s signup system under the hood has also been rewritten; on non-Multisite, we now mimic WPMS’s wp_signups functionality. We thinkhttps://buddypress.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/4551 this is a much more flexible, consistent system for all users of BuddyPress. These new workflows need the particular attention of people who are currently administrators on BP sites with open registration – you will best understand the pain points that these changes are meant to address.
  • Blog-related activity comments now sync back to the source blog. That is, a reply in the activity stream to a “Boone posted a new blog post” item will create a corresponding comment on the blog post itself.

There have been extensive changes under the hood, including large performance increases and new developer tools:

  • Activity actions – strings in the activity stream like “Boone and Ray are now friends” – are no longer (only) stored statically in the database, but are generated dynamically at runtime. This should alleviate several longtime headaches related to data staleness and multilingual sites. But it has also resulted in a number of changes related to the pre-caching of activity-related data. Watch http://bpdevel.wordpress.com in the upcoming days for a discussion of what plugin developers will need to know about the new system (short version – plugins that insert activity items will continue to work as before, but should be good citizens and update to the new technique). See #3856 for background.
  • There’s a brand new API for registering xprofile field types, and our own field types have been completely rewritten to use it. See #5220.
  • User last_activity data has been moved from the usermeta table to the activity table. This ought to result in very sizable performance improvements for larger sites. Plugin developers should verify that their plugins are working correctly with these changes. See this post on bpdevel for more background and specifics.
  • Major improvements have taken place with respect to object caching throughout BuddyPress. If you use Memcached, APC, or some other persistent object caching backend on your BuddyPress site, please consider testing this beta.
  • Metadata functions have been completely rewritten to leverage WP’s core metadata API. See #4551 and especially #5399 for what plugin devs will need to know about backward compatibility.

If you think you’ve found a bug, please report it to the support forums or our development tracker. And remember, this is beta software – we don’t recommend that you run it on a production site. Thanks in advance for your help – onward we march to 2.0!

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