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We talked about BuddyPress at WordCamp Antwerp

Published on June 7th, 2016 by imath

Last Saturday (June 4), I had the opportunity to speak at the very first WordCamp organized in Belgium! The event took place in the lovely city of Antwerp (the second biggest port of Europe).

a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Het_Steen target=">Het Steen, the oldest building of Antwerp

Het Steen, the oldest building of Antwerp

My presentation was about one of my strongest convictions: thanks to BuddyPress, companies can enjoy WordPress to power their intranets and improve the way their employees communicate and collaborate.

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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.

WordCamp London 2016

Published on April 4th, 2016 by Henry Wright

This Friday, April 8th 2016, WordCamp London is holding a Contributor Day. Ticketed registration is free and some tickets are still available, but are running out fast! On the day, attendees will be asked to separate into teams around contribution areas such as Accessibility, BuddyPress, Community, Core, Design, Documentation, Flow, Meta, Mobile, Polyglots, Support, Themes, Training, TV, and more.

If you decide to contribute to BuddyPress, then you’re in luck! There will be BuddyPress core committers and contributors on-hand to help and answer any questions you may have:

@djpaul
@hnla
@henry.wright

You don’t have to be a developer to contribute, BuddyPress needs your help with documentation, user testing, design, support and more. Also, if you’re fluent in another language, then we’d love your help with translations.

Hope to see you on Friday!

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.

BuddyPress 2.5.0 – “Medici”

Published on March 2nd, 2016 by imath

BuddyPress 2.5.0 “Medici” is now available for download from the WordPress.org plugin repository, or right from your WordPress Dashboard. The new features in “Medici” make it easier and more fun than ever to build and manage community sites.
 

Customizable BuddyPress Emails

 

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Goodbye “plain old text” emails! Keep your users coming back with beautiful, HTML-riffic BuddyPress emails. You can now modify the content of your notification emails right from the Dashboard, and adjust the appearance of the included template using the WordPress Customizer. Learn more about this amazing feature at the BuddyPress emails codex page.
 

Post Type Comments Tracking

 

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Since BuddyPress 2.2, new items from custom post types have been reflected in the Activity stream. 2.5 “Medici” improves this feature by tracking post-type comments, too. When the “Site Tracking” component is enabled, replies to a Post Type-related activity item are now synchronized with Comments on the corresponding post post. Read more about enabling this feature for your site on the codex.
 

Holy Moly, Support for Emoji!

 

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Have fun, be merry, and share some ❤️! When words fail, you can now use emoji in activity updates, messages, and group descriptions.
 

Twenty Twelve Companion Stylesheet

 

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BuddyPress never looked better in the Twenty Twelve theme. Fun fact: The BuddyPress team loves Twenty Twelve above all others – well, except for maybe Kubrick.
 

Autolink Settings for Profile Fields

 

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Site administrators can now configure which profile fields should create member directory search links, thanks to the new “Autolink” metabox on the Edit Profile Field administration screen. Shared interests like favorite pizza topping? Enable search links! Unique responses like the user’s address or a text box? Now, it’s simple to turn off search links for those fields.
 

…and much more!

Read about all the bug fixes and feature enhancements introduced in BuddyPress 2.5.0 at our official 2.5.0 changelog.

 

Once again you were fantastic during this development cycle; many thanks to our contributors:

Boone B Gorges (boonebgorges), Brajesh Singh (sbrajesh), Brandon Allen (thebrandonallen), Christian Wach (needle), Damian (timersys), danbrellis, David Cavins (dcavins), Dennis (wpdennis), Fee (wdfee), Garrett Hyder (garrett-eclipse), George Mamadashvili (Mamaduka), Henry Wright (henry.wright), Hugo (hnla), Jeff Sayre (jeffsayre), John James Jacoby (johnjamesjacoby), Jonnyauk, Joost Abrahams (joost-abrahams), kennibc, OC2PS (sooskriszta), Laurens Offereins (Offereins), LenLay, Mathieu Viet (imath), mercime, Michael Beckwith (tw2113), modemlooper, Paul Gibbs (DJPaul), Rami Yushuvaev (ramiy), r-a-y, shanebp, Slava UA (slaffik), Srdjan (jozik), Stephen Edgar (netweb), timeuser, vnd.
 

Medici

BuddyPress 2.5.0 “Medici” is named not after the famed House of Medici – while BP may inspire religious fervor, we probably won’t produce any popes – but after Medici on 57th, a restaurant in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. At Medici, you can get great pizza (Chicago-style and otherwise!) alongside great burgers and baked goods. Medici’s graffiti-covered booths and college-town vibe mirror the friendly community spirit we hope your members will feel when using BuddyPress. If you find yourself on the South Side of Chicago, be sure to stop in for a deep-dish Garbage Pizza, the favorite of a certain member of the BP team.

 

Enjoy 2.5.0

Grab BuddyPress 2.5.0 “Medici” 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 2.5.0 Release Candidate 1

Published on February 23rd, 2016 by imath

BuddyPress 2.5.0 Release Candidate 1 is now available for testing. Please download the 2.5.0-rc1 zip or get a copy via our Subversion repository.

Release Candidate means we think we’re ready, but with hundreds of plugins and themes, it’s possible we’ve missed something. We hope to ship BuddyPress 2.5 really soon, and your help testing is greatly appreciated to polish this release so it can be as perfect as possible!

If you haven’t tested 2.5 yet, now is the time!

A detailed changelog will be part of our official release notes, but check out the 2.5.0 Beta 1 post for the list of our favourite changes until then.

Let us know of any issues you find in the support forums and/or on our development tracker.

BuddyPress 2.5.0 Beta 1

Published on February 9th, 2016 by imath

BuddyPress 2.5.0 Beta 1 is available for testing. You can download the 2.5.0-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 3.8, we remind you that BuddyPress 2.5.0 will require at least WordPress 3.9.

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

  • The BP Email API: a new API to manage and customize the content & layout of emails generated by BuddyPress (#6592).
  • Post Type Comments tracking (#6482, Codex Page).
  • A new companion stylesheet: Twenty Twelve (#6766).
  • Emoji support in activity updates, private messages and group descriptions.(#6529)
  • New interface that allows administrators to disable the xprofile feature that causes certain words and phrases to be linked to member directory searches (#787).
  • A11y: we’ve made great accessibility improvements in our Administration screens.
  • Many activity stream improvements and fixes. (#6720, #6793, #6834)
  • Tons of under-the-hood & performance improvements. (E.g. #6870)
  • Continued coverage of inline code documentation, actions, & filters.

2.5.0 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 on our development tracker.

Thanks everyone for all your contributions so far; please help us test and polish the 2.5.0 release so it can be as perfect as possible!

BuddyPress 2.4.3

Published on December 14th, 2015 by imath

BuddyPress 2.4.3 is now available. This is a maintenance release that mainly fixes an issue with the ‘title-tag’ theme support.

Update to BuddyPress 2.4.3 today in your WordPress Dashboard, or by downloading from the wordpress.org plugin repository.

Questions or comments? Check out 2.4.3 changelog, or stop by our support forums or Trac.

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