BuddyPress 1.6.2 released, brings compatibility for WordPress 3.5

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Version 1.6.2 of BuddyPress is now available, and fixes a couple of compatibility issues with WordPress 3.5. John James Jacoby says that if you are running BuddyPress 1.5 or 1.6 and also upgrading to WordPress 3.5 (who isn’t?) this one should be a safe and painless upgrade.

11 tickets were closed for this release, which you can read through on the BuddyPress Trac.

Speaking of WordPress 3.5, we should be seeing that release in the next hour or two. Who’s excited?

bbPress version 2.2 now available for download

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If you’ve visited your WordPress update screen recently you’ve likely noticed that the latest point release of the bbPress plugin has been released. The fresh release brings “What’s New” and “Credits” pages, compatibility with the yet-in-beta WordPress 3.5 and BuddyPress 1.7, and improvements to theme compatibility and user roles and capabilities. 69 features and bug fixes in total made it into this release.

The bbPress Trac is the place to go if you’d like to dig into any of the specific tickets tied to this version.

As project lead JJJ points out in the release post, this marks the third major release for bbPress since it became a plugin. Speaking of which, how many forums have you established using bbPress as a plugin? Does anyone still use the old standalone version of bbPress anywhere?

The less we all talk about WordPress, the better

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Last week on the WPCandy Roundtable Podcast with the BuddyPress Core Team, someone submitted the question “What are the chances of a BuddyPress Camp in the future?”

I thought the question was a lighthearted, fun one that might evoke a joke or two, o seven some more of Boone Gorges singing (which it kind of did). I didn’t expect this really insightful response to the question from John James Jacoby:

If the community was to the point, and large enough where someone wanted to throw together a BuddyPress only thing, I would be totally down for it.

That said, I think what would be the segue towards that is to have a plugin camp. You know, let’s just talk about all the cool plugins specifically. And it can still be like a WordCamp where there’s a user track and how to pick a plugin and how to use a plugin and which ones are favorites and you can have a developer track where developers can talk just about the plugins they’re building…

So eventually for it to get to the point where plugins can just have their own conference, and WordCamp can still sort of be all the things in one, I think that would be a stepping stone toward BuddyPress having its own event.

That made me stop and think quite a bit, both during the show (around the 52 minute mark of the episode) and afterward. The more I think about it, the more I think conferences focused on plugins and brands built on WordPress will really help confirm the strength of the WordPress platform.

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WPCandy Roundtable #2: JJJ, Boone Gorges, Paul Gibbs on BuddyPress

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I’m happy to present episode number two of the WPCandy Roundtable Podcast, this time with the BuddyPress Core Team of John James Jacoby, Boone Gorges, and Paul Gibbs. They spoke for just over an hour about issues of interest to them within the BuddyPress community, and where things are going in the near future.

This episode is sponsored by the upcoming WordPress service Raft.io and the Typecase plugin by UpThemes.

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The gentleman also wanted me to say that if there were further questions you had about BuddyPress after listening, you’re welcome to leave them here and they will stop by and have a look at them.

Have any questions for the BuddyPress Core team?

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This week’s WPCandy Roundtable will be filled with BuddyPress Core developers: John James Jacoby, Boone Gorges, and Paul Gibbs will be sitting down to chat. If you caught last week’s show with the marketplace theme developers, you’ll know a thing or two about what to expect tomorrow afternoon.

We’ll be streaming the Roundtable on the WPCandy Stream at 2pm EDT (18 UTC) with the chatroom buzzing if you’d like to swing by and get your question answered by the group.

Speaking of questions, if you have one (or a few) that you’d like to see posed to these BuddyPress pros leave it in the comments below. Make ’em good ones!

BuddyPress and bbPress Codexes see big updates

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Last weekend, when everyone else was taking a break, John James Jacoby took the time out to refresh the BuddyPress Codex along with creating the new bbPress Codex too. Both are running on WordPress.

In the announcement made on the BuddyPress.org blog Jacoby said:

You may not know it but we’ve had a codex here at BuddyPress.org since the early days. It’s mostly made life really difficult and forced everyone into the forums or to other sites for help. Today, I’m really happy to report that the core team has spent some time this weekend to finally refresh the BuddyPress Codex.

No official announcement was posted on the bbPress blog, but it was mentioned on Twitter.

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BuddyPress 1.5 “Lombardi” the new and improved social plugin is now available

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If it seems like you heard BuddyPress update news just last week, well, it was just last week. Movement on BuddyPress 1.5 “Lombardi” has been swift, crossing the finish line early this morning with the big update to its final release.

To recap: this big release brings a reworked default theme, a new installation and update wizard, tighter integration with WordPress features and tons of other improvements. The complete list of BuddyPress 1.5 changes can be found on the BuddyPress Codex.

John James Jacoby has been a busy blogger today, posting the BuddyPress announcement just minutes apart from the bbPress 2.0 announcement. Jacoby also blogged about why the BuddyPress team opted to name this version Lombardi:

The BuddyPress core development team is made up of pizza fanatics who thought it fitting to pay homage in this release to the first pizzeria in the United States. (As a bonus, two of our developers hail from the Badger State where the name “Lombardi” has a different but no less important connotation.)

Whether you will be upgrading to 1.5 or trying out BuddyPress for the first time, share your impressions of the new software in the comments below. Is it everything you hoped it would be?

Attention forum lovers: bbPress 2.0 final is now available

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Early this morning John James Jacoby announced the availability of the final version of the bbPress plugin, lovingly known as bbPress 2.0. The plugin is available on the WordPress.org Plugin Directory, and is the collective work of over thirty code contributors. Just don’t forget to give the plugin a fair rating after you try it out.

Just in case you’ve been under a rock, or perhaps forgotten just what makes bbPress cool, listen to Jacoby break it down:

Simply by activating bbPress 2.0, any standard WordPress theme is suddenly capable of having support forums, user profiles, topic tags, and custom topic views. Your users are able to mark topics as favorites to read them later, and can subscribe to be notified via email to topic replies, so they never miss out on the conversation.

The final release includes Akismet and BuddyPress support built-in, and will support either one right out of the box.

Be sure to visit the bbPress 2.0 launch post to see the full list of props for the final release, which I’m proud to say includes a handful of WPCandy contributors. If you’d like to reminisce a bit, check out the bbPress tag we maintain to see how far the project has come in the last year.

Now that bbPress is out you really have no excuse not to give it a run. Once you’ve given it a try, stop by in the comments below and share your experience.

bbPress plugin 2.0 RC 5 is available, because you know you wanted another one

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bbPress lead developer John James Jacoby has announced the release of the fifth release candidate of bbPress 2.0, the long-time-coming reimagining of bbPress as a WordPress plugin. Release candidates are typically released just before the final public version of a plugin is available, and bbPress has been in this stage for the last few months.

With the latest update, Jacoby explained, theme and BuddyPress compatibility fixes were introduced as well as improvements to email subscription and the API for developers. Jacoby also said “We’re pretty confident this is the final release-candidate before launch,” which should be exciting to those who have been waiting for the final public release.

For those waiting on bbPress but not using it yet — why not? We’re using it on the WPCandy Forum, and really couldn’t be happier with it.

bbPress RC 4 is ready to be pressed by your hands

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John James Jacoby has been a busy guy today. After the BuddyPress beta announcement earlier he published the announcement that bbPress RC 4 is now available. Why RC 4 already? According to Jacoby the last few release candidates have been put out without mention due to a high amount of feedback on the plugin.

bbPress now has tighter integration with Multisite, BuddyPress and Akismet. There’s also an updated green admin color scheme added as an option alongside the standard gray and blue admin color schemes.

You can grab the bbPress plugin from the WordPress.org directory. Are you using bbPress yet? How do you like the newly added green color scheme?