A new release! bbPress 0.8.2 has a quite a few changes and features. While you’re downloading, check out the cool new stuff.
Forums can now be grouped hierarchically (that is, forums can have “children”). To organize your forums, go to Content -> Forums in your bbPress’ admin panels, click “Edit Forum Order” and drag the rows around: up, down, left and right.
Make sure to “Save Forum Order” when you’re done.
“Slug” based permalinks
No longer are you constrained to topics and forums with permalinks that look like
http://example.com/topic/14/. By turning on slug based permalinks, your URLs will be generated from the forum’s or topic’s title like
Also, all of bbPress’ different permalink structures (
/topic/see-you-in-hawaii/) are interchangeable; you can switch to whichever structure you like and all your old links will still work (but see the upgrade instructions in this post).
Plugins can now be activated and deactivated with the click of the mouse in bbPress 0.8.2. Just go to Site Management -> Plugins in your bbPress’ admin panels. To be activated, however, every plugin must have a “plugin header” that includes at least the plugin’s name. Here’s an example.
/* Plugin Name: Name of your plugin required Plugin URI: Plugin's website Description: Short description of your plugin Author: Your name Author URI: Your website Version: Current version number of your plugin */
As a bonus, “hidden” feature, plugins whose file name begins with an underscore (
_) do not need to be activated; they will be loaded automatically and do not require a plugin header.
A few small things
Here a sampling of some of the other minor changes in bbPress 0.8.2.
- More tag cloud formatting options
- Improved consistency in tagging
- bbPress’ default Kakumei theme combines the list of “Your Tags” and “Others’ Tags”.
- No more annoying
feed:before all of your RSS feed links. The
feed:psuedo-standard was a clever idea, but never really caught on.
- Moderators and Admins are considered “trusted” and will never have their posts marked as spam.
- Admins can change other user’s passwords.
- More filters and actions for plugin authors
- Faster database queries
The only tricky thing with this release is plugins. After upgrading, you’ll have to go to your bbPress’ Site Managment -> Plugins admin panel and activate the plugins you want activated. As mentioned above, all plugins must have a plugin header before they even show up in the plugin list. If you have a plugin that’s not showing up, either give it a plugin header or rename it so that it’s filename begins with an underscore.