After a couple of weeks of kicking the tires, we’ve decide we’ve fixed enough bugs to put out a new version of bbPress. So here it is: 0.73, the latest in the bbPress “Bix” series.

The changes in brief:

  • Improved rewrite rules generation
  • Template cleanup
  • Much better support for non-English forums including support for right-to-left languages
  • Improved installation
  • Even better integration with other software
  • And, of course, a small security fix

More detailed information about the changes can be gleaned from the tickets we fixed and the code we improved.

Download, and Get your bbPress on, everybody!

What does this mean to people already running 0.72? You should upgrade! Do so by keeping the following files and directories

  1. .htaccess
  2. config.php
  3. my-plugins/ (if you have it)
  4. my-templates/ (if you have it)

and deleting everything else. Then upload the new version, and you’re ready to roll. There’s no need to run any upgrade script.

Some of the bug fixes, though, may require you to change a thing or two around.

If you’ve localized your install (that is, if you’re using bbPress in a language other than English), bbPress now uses the constant BBLANG instead of WPLANG.

Some of the default templates have changed a bit:

  • favorites.php
  • front-page.php: the “Views” area is now more straightforward.
  • profile-edit.php: some invalid markup has been fixed.
  • profile.php: fairly extensive changes to how times and dates are calculated. If you have a custom profile.php template, you’ll probably need to grab the new default template and redo your modifications.
  • topic.php
  • And a few other relatively minor changes.

And finally, people who are integrating bbPress and WordPress will probably not have to worry about that silly WP_BB constant anymore.