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Buddypress.org shutting down


  • coolhunt
    Participant

    @coolhunt

    Hey Guys,

    Is buddypress approaching EOL?
    seems like no one is home in this official support forum
    seems like theres always spam now on this
    seems like there are now more “MEMBERS” plugins like buddyboss that compete with buddypress

    Should we start looking at alternatives?

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  • coolhunt
    Participant

    @coolhunt

    Does anyone have a good simple beautiful free theme that just works for BP.
    Im using 2020 on a project and its horrible…

    please please help obiwan save us


    Brajesh Singh
    Participant

    @sbrajesh

    Hi
    We are in the process of releasing a free theme for BuddyPress which should compete with any available premium theme on design/quality.

    Since the holidays are here, we are scheduling for 15th January. I am hoping to encourage BuddyPress adoption with our free theme.

    Regards
    Brajesh


    coolhunt
    Participant

    @coolhunt

    @sbrajesh any chance to get an early preview of the theme? 😉


    Brajesh Singh
    Participant

    @sbrajesh

    Hi @coolhunt,
    Thank you.

    I am sorry but I won’t be able to provide a preview currently. For the 2nd theme onwards, we can do an early preview.

    Thank you
    Brajesh


    01systems
    Participant

    @01systems

    Hello all – I’d like to agree with the quote below from @johnjamesjacoby

    I believe BuddyPress is, still to this day, the single most important piece of software on the open web. It empowers anyone to foster free and open dialogue with the privacy and freedom of having their own website on their own hardware, while also being powerful enough to scale up and grow as a community of people garners momentum. And it empowers people like the folks at BuddyBoss to grow even beyond BuddyPress itself.

    @buddyboss – Any cool improvements that can be ported back to buddypress would be appreciated I’m sure (^_^)

    @coolhunt – yes there are issues I agree, its not been easy and I refer you to the quote above from @johnjamesjacoby | lol @ below, funee and looks like we are in the same boat together!

    Does anyone have a good simple beautiful free theme that just works for BP.
    Im using 2020 on a project and its horrible…
    please please help obiwan save us

    @sbrajesh – BuddyDev website is very nice, good work.

    No-on active in the IRC channel? Some other communities I follow have nice integrations with IRC and Slack.

    I’d love to contribute any way that I can and have registered to show my support for “the single most important piece of software on the open web”

    Great work, thank you


    BuddyBoss
    Participant

    @buddyboss

    @hochingj Replying to your comment:

    With as much as @buddyboss depends on buddypress and with how much they charge, I sure hope they are doing the ethical thing and donating to the buddypress group that they are profiting off of.

    I think there is some misunderstandings here. First it is important to know that the BuddyBoss Platform is 100% free and open source. We do not charge for it, you can download it and develop on it for free right now. We are providing a feature rich and actively maintained plugin and we are funding all of the development and documentation for it out of pocket, and not charging anything for it. We did this because our business previously did depend on BuddyPress and our customers didn’t like what BuddyPress was offering, and we believed we could provide a better solution that met our customer’s needs, and so that is exactly what we did.

    Our solution is open source just like BuddyPress, and we will open it up to contributors on Github shortly. If you want to contribute to our platform we will welcome you with open arms. Our only goal is to provide a great service to our customers, and our features are driven entirely by customer feedback.

    We are profiting only on our theme, whose code is not pulling from anything created by the BuddyPress community. We no longer depend on BuddyPress to any extent for our new products so there is nothing for us to contribute to. We are contributing to the actual users of BuddyPress, by giving away a free version of BuddyPress that is more feature rich and developed at a faster pace, and is backwards compatible to BuddyPress, but not dependent on BuddyPress for its current and future development.

    If you fast forward to a year from now our plugin will be very different from BuddyPress, even more so than it already is. The differences are big enough that it would have made little sense to try to do this through BuddyPress. We cannot depend on others to do what our customer base is asking us for. We need to move really fast, and BuddyPress moves really slow, and is actively adverse to growing its feature set too large. But our customers do not want a streamlined plugin, they do not want to depend on other plugins. They want all of the community features out of the box and integrated with each other, and as much as possible, they want that right now. We need the ability to take common requests and build solutions to those requests, without having to ask permission to someone else first. This is what our customers want from us and our obligation is to our customers above all else.


    BuddyBoss
    Participant

    @buddyboss

    @jjj

    Somehow my last comment got deleted so posting again. This is Michael here.

    I really appreciate the nice things you posted here about BuddyBoss. I’ve also enjoyed hanging out with you at many WordCamps, going years back. Our issues with BuddyPress are not that it is coded poorly or anything like that, I think the developers have done a tremendous job with what is there, and appreciate everything you have contributed to the project personally. Our main issue is just that it has evolved really slowly over the past 5 years, and the market has gotten way more competitive in that timeframe. This has hurt our ability to grow as a company. Customers are leaving BuddyPress and switching to more feature complete SaaS solutions. But then at the same time, they want to be able to customize everything like you can do in WordPress, and then they are stuck. There really is no solution available that has all the features people want, and is also available to customize and extend. So we are trying to address that for our customers. At the end of the day, BuddyPress is free to copy anything we do and merge or adapt it into BuddyPress; open source works both ways. Hopefully there are not too many hard feelings, we’re all working toward the same goal, but as you said, in different directions.

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