Hello BuddyPress contributors!
If you haven’t tested our first 12.0.0 beta release (👈 please read this post), here’s another opportunity to help us make sure it will fit perfectly into your WordPress / BuddyPress specific configuration. Beta testing is very important and more then any other BuddyPress major release, we need you all, whether you’re a regular or advanced user, a theme designer or a plugin author: please contribute!
What’s new since beta1?
We’ve been working on improving documentation about 12.0.0 changes and giving advanced users some more customization options about the coming visibility feature.
We’ve fixed 8 bugs, the most important one was about the BuddyPress menu items we are making available in the WP Nav Menu management interfaces (Administration screen and customizer). We took this opportunity to document how BuddyPress is dealing with these interfaces.
The final release is slated to October 30 and we need you to get there: do test this beta release of BuddyPress 🙏.
You can test BuddyPress 12.0.0-beta2 in 4 ways :
If you find something weird, please report it on BuddyPress Trac, post a reply to this support topic or get in touch with us on our WordPress.org Slack channel.
Thanks in advance for your contributions 🤝
Immediately available is BP Attachments 1.1.0. This BuddyPress Add-on maintenance release main goal is to make it ready for the next BuddyPress major release (12.0). If you haven’t read about the important change BuddyPress 12.0.0 will introduce, please read this post about its first beta version.
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BuddyPress 11.3.1 is now available. This is a security and maintenance release. All BuddyPress installations should be updated as soon as possible.
The 11.3.1 release addresses the following security issue:
- A blind SQL Injection from unauthenticated users vulnerability was fixed in
BP_XProfile_Query->find_compatible_table_alias(). Discovered by Michael Mazzolini.
This vulnerability was reported privately to the BuddyPress team, in accordance with WordPress’s security policies. Our thanks to the reporter for practicing coordinated disclosure.
BuddyPress 11.3.1 also fixes 3 bugs. For complete details, visit the 11.3.1 changelog.
You can get the latest version by clicking on the above button, downloading it from the WordPress.org plugin directory or checking it out from our Subversion repository.
If for a specific reason you can’t upgrade to 11.3.1, we have also ported the security fix to BuddyPress versions going all the way back to 5.0. Here’s the list of the available downloads for the corresponding tags, you can also find these links on our WordPress.org Plugin Directory “Advanced” page:
- If you are using BP 5.2.1 and can’t upgrade to 11.3.1, please upgrade to 5.2.2
- If you are using BP 6.4.2 and can’t upgrade to 11.3.1, please upgrade to 6.4.3
- If you are using BP 7.3.2 and can’t upgrade to 11.3.1, please upgrade to 7.3.3
- If you are using BP 8.0.2 and can’t upgrade to 11.3.1, please upgrade to 8.0.3
- If you are using BP 9.2.0 and can’t upgrade to 11.3.1, please upgrade to 9.2.1
- If you are using BP 10.6.0 and can’t upgrade to 11.3.1, please upgrade to 10.6.1
Dear contributors, BP Plugin & BP Theme developers,
BuddyPress 12.0.0-beta1 is finally available for testing! 🏄♀️ 🏖
- Please note the plugin is still in development, so we recommend running this beta release on a testing site.
- Please note BuddyPress 12.0.0 will require at least WordPress 5.8.
You can test BuddyPress 12.0.0-beta1 in 4 ways :
The current target for final release is: October 30, 2023. Considering the major change we’re introducing with this release, we decided to plan for a 3 months beta testing period to:
- leave enough time for BuddyPress plugin & theme authors to adapt their code to our new BP Rewrites API.
- Update our existing add-ons to demonstrate the changes needed for optimum 12.0 compatibility (e.g., BP Attachments & BP Search Block)
- Explain how the new code affects ways to extend BuddyPress from now on, and document as much as we can the progressive BuddyPress reboot that we’re starting with 12.0.0.
- Identify potential issues or improvements for this release and the BP Classic add-on which neutralizes the BP Rewrites API and ensures 12.0.0 backwards compatibility with plugins & themes that are not ready yet for this API.
More than ever in BuddyPress history, testing for bugs is the key to a safe upgrade. It’s the main reason we actually package beta/RC versions. 👉 Please, with the goal of making this a smooth transition for our end-users, give us a bit of your time to ensure your specific theme or plugin works with this pre-release. If you find something weird, please report it on BuddyPress Trac, post a reply to this support topic or get in touch with us on our WordPress.org Slack channel.
One massive change & around 60 other changes to expect in 12.0.0
You can check out this report on Trac for the full list of them. Below are the ones we believe will require your attention a lot and improve your BuddyPress experience in the most significant way.
✍️ The BP Rewrites API (the massive change!)
BP 12 is replacing the transmission in the car
@dcavins on April 17, 2023.
This is a 10-year-old issue we are solving in BuddyPress 12.0.0, initializing a reboot was the right opportunity to finally comply with the WordPress way of generating rules to analyze requested URLs and route the visitor to the right site content: the WP Rewrite API. If we’ve tried to minimize as much as we could the needed changes for BuddyPress plugins and themes, 2 constraints couldn’t be worked around:
- WordPress fully analyzes a URL later in the load process than our Legacy URL parser does its job
- Supporting plain permalinks & customizable slugs required us to completely rethink the way we build BuddyPress URLs
That being said, the impressive benefits will outweigh the small efforts we all need to accomplish in the coming 3 months:
- Site Administrators will now have a full control over all BuddyPress-generated URLs. They can choose slugs (or portions of URLs) that reflect their community, maybe using localized language or special terms that are more meaningful to their members. All also means, the URLs generated by 3rd party BuddyPress Add-ons using the BP Rewrites API.
- BuddyPress will be fully compatible with plain URL permalinks.
- Parsing BuddyPress URLs is faster, more reliable, extensible, testable and fully compliant with WordPress best practices.
- We now have a solid foundation to dream bigger!
🔐 A new community visibility level: members only
We’ve heard from BuddyPress end-users that being able to easily restrict access to their community is a necessary feature. And thanks to the BP Rewrites API, we are able to reach this standard. With this first iteration, a site admin can now choose whether the community is fully public or is only accessible by logged-in members. In future versions, we hope to add granularity to this choice, so that community administrators can choose to highlight their members but share activities only inside the community “gates” for example.
🧙♂️ More than 80 deprecated functions & 2 removals
12.0.0 deprecates more functions than any of our previous releases (The 1.5 version, which was the previous “leader”, deprecated 40 functions). 26 of these deprecated functions was actually moved into the BP Classic plugin as they were specific to our legacy way of building, parsing and analyzing URLs.
The BP Default theme and our BP Legacy widgets have also moved to BP Classic, the future is blocks!
This is important: you really need to test BuddyPress 12.0.0 to get ready for it!
🤝 Props @dcavins for his review & great improvements about this announcement post.
🕹 Happy testing! Thanks for your help!
Thanks to BuddyPress: get together safely, in your own way, in WordPress.
Dear end-users, site owners,
The BP Classic BuddyPress Add-on has been built to provide backwards compatibility for sites that will not be ready yet for the important changes we will introduce in BuddyPress’s next major release, 12.0.0. As we will soon publish the first pre-release version (beta1) of BuddyPress 12.0.0, we thought it was a good idea to have this compatibility add-on available right away in the WordPress Plugin Directory.
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Last but not least! This is the final episode of our post series about the new direction we plan to take regarding the BuddyPress project. If you’re just discovering this series, we advise you to read about the 4 first episodes of it.
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This is the number 4 of our post series about the new direction we plan to take regarding plugin maintenance and evolutions. Our first post was about shared our new purpose, the second one explained how we think we can better organize the BuddyPress plugin, and the third one dealt with BuddyPress’ next features. It’s now time to analyze the feedback you shared with us here & there about BuddyPress’ user interfaces.
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BuddyPress wishes a great birthday to WordPress, and wishes all local WordPress communities to have great celebrations about it.
🎂 Have fun! 🎉
Hello, here‘s the third post of our series about the new direction we plan to take regarding plugin maintenance and evolutions. In our first post we shared with you our new purpose « Get together safely, in your own way, in WordPress »; in our second post we talked about how we think we can better organize the BuddyPress plugin. Let’s see how the feedback you shared with us here & there contributed to the BuddyPress features roadmap we‘re thinking about tackling in 2023 & 2024.
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Immediately available is BuddyPress 11.2.0. This maintenance release fixes 6 bugs. For details on the changes, please read the 11.2.0 release notes.
Update to BuddyPress 11.2.0 today in your WordPress Dashboard, or by downloading from the WordPress.org plugin repository.
Many thanks to 11.2.0 contributors
mystichrome, dave.pullig, r-a-y, armaanfromatg, boonebgorges & imath.