Published on June 30th, 2016 by David Cavins
Published on June 22nd, 2016 by David Cavins
BuddyPress 2.6.1 is now available. This is a maintenance and security release, and is a recommended upgrade for all BuddyPress installations.
BP 2.6.1 fixes bugs in several components. For more information, see the 2.6.1 milestone on BuddyPress Trac.
Update to BuddyPress 2.6.1 today in your WordPress Dashboard, or by downloading from the wordpress.org plugin repository.
Questions or comments? Check out 2.6.1 changelog, or stop by our support forums or Trac.
Published on June 16th, 2016 by David Cavins
BuddyPress 2.6 “Espejo” is now available for download from the WordPress.org plugin repository, or right from your WordPress Dashboard. “Espejo” includes new features for your community members, new APIs and other fun for developers, and improved performance.
Embed activities into your WordPress posts or pages.
Copy the permalink URL of the activity of your choice, paste it into the content editor of your WordPress post or page, and voilà!, you’ve embedded an activity update. This is a great way to feature interesting activities shared by your community members into your regular WordPress content! Read more about this feature and see it in action.
Custom Front Page for Member Profile
Theme developers or site owners can create custom front pages for their community’s members by adding a
front.php template to their template overrides. A specific template hierarchy is also available to make them even more unique. Read all about this new feature.
Group Types API
Different types of groups can be registered to enable a strict separation between them. This new feature is available to plugin developers starting with BuddyPress 2.6. Learn how to set up Group Types.
New Navigation API
The member and group navigation system has been totally rewritten, making it easier than ever to customize BuddyPress nav items. Read the informative commit message.
Stylesheets for Twenty Eleven and Twenty Ten
BuddyPress feels right at home now in the classic default themes, Twenty Ten and Twenty Eleven.
Under the Hood
Class autoloading reduces the memory needed to run BuddyPress on your server. Improved caching strategies for group membership statuses mean fewer round trips to your overworked database server.
Improved localization strings and comments help translators do their much-appreciated work: making BuddyPress available in many languages.
Adjustments to the notifications component allow members to receive timely and relevant updates about activity in your community.
Continued improvements help make BuddyPress’ admin area and theme-side screens more enjoyable to use for wider audiences on more devices.
Regular updates to inline code documentation make it easier for developers to understand how BuddyPress works.
Thank you to all of our multilingual friends who make BuddyPress available in a bouquet of languages. These languages have 95% complete translations (or better!): English (Canada), English (New Zealand), French (France), Italian, English (Australia), Russian, Dutch, Romanian, Swedish, Portuguese (Brazil), Turkish, Welsh, German, Norwegian (Bokmål). Many more are nearly complete; we could use your help!
…and much more!
Read about all the bug fixes and feature enhancements introduced in BuddyPress 2.6.0 at our official 2.6.0 changelog.
Thank You to Our Contributors
Many, many thanks to all those who contributed during this development cycle. This is a volunteer-run project, and these contributors freely gave of their time and expertise to make BuddyPress better than ever:
abweb, Boone B Gorges (boonebgorges), Brandon Allen (thebrandonallen), chherbst, danbrellis, David Cavins (dcavins), Dennis (wpdennis), emrikol, Fee (wdfee), Garrett Hyder (garrett-eclipse), Gary Pendergast (pento), George Mamadashvili (Mamaduka), Henry Wright (henry.wright), Hugo (hnla), John James Jacoby (johnjamesjacoby), Klaus (kmbdeamorg), OC2PS (sooskriszta), lakrisgubben, Laurens Offereins (Offereins), mahadri, Mathieu Viet (imath), mercime, Michael Beckwith (tw2113), mmcachran, modemlooper, Nick Momrik (nickmomrik), OakCreative, oksankaa, Paul Gibbs (DJPaul), Rami Yushuvaev (ramiy), r-a-y, rekmla, r0z, Sergey Biryukov (SergeyBiryukov), singhleo, Slava UA (slaffik), Stephen Edgar (netweb), tharsheblows, VibeThemes, vortfu, WeddyWood, w3dzign.
BuddyPress 2.6.0 Espejo (pronounced es-PEH-ho) is named after the owners of the descriptively named “Pizza & Subs” restaurant in Rock Island, Illinois. The Espejo family has been dishing up amazing local pizza and calzone creations since 1987. At Pizza & Subs, everything from the beehive of activity behind the counter to the Espejo family photos hanging alongside high school basketball posters on the walls, says established, local, and community-oriented. Area expats have been known to smuggle these pizzas home in their suitcases—they’re that good! You can try a classic like the sausage or garden pizza, or try a Quad-Cities original: a taco calzone or pizza. Unless you’re from the Quad Cities, you’ve probably never had a pizza like this!
Time to Go Get 2.6!
Grab BuddyPress 2.6 Espejo 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.
Published on June 7th, 2016 by imath
BuddyPress 2.6.0 Release Candidate 1 is now available for testing. Please download the 2.6.0-rc1 zip or get a copy via our Subversion repository.
This is our last chance to find any bugs that slipped through the beta process. We plan to release BuddyPress 2.6.0 next Wednesday, June 22.
A detailed changelog will be part of our official release notes, but you can get a quick overview by reading the post about the 2.6.0 Beta 1 release.
Let us know of any issues you find in the support forums and/or on our development tracker.
Thanks in advance for giving the release candidate a test drive!
Published on June 2nd, 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).
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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Published on May 24th, 2016 by Boone Gorges
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_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!
Published on April 4th, 2016 by Henry Wright
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.
Published on March 31st, 2016 by David Cavins
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:
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!
Published on March 10th, 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.
Published on March 2nd, 2016 by imath
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” 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
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
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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.