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Year in Review

Published on December 25th, 2012 by John James Jacoby went through a serious clean-up effort in 2012. The site now runs a minimal set of plugins, with an emphasis on supporting the project proper and showcasing it in a much more subtle and focused way.’s plugin repository was retired, and all new plugins are located in extend. This makes perfect sense right now, and really goes a long way towards more tightly integrating the WordPress/bbPress ecosystems together.

bbPress Releases

bbPress saw the release of 2.1 and 2.2 this year, both major versions that included some pretty nifty and progressive features, such as: retina support, theme compatibility, multiple user roles, private/hidden forums, BuddyPress integration, Akismet integration, and improved multisite support.

bbPress recently welcomed Jennifer M. Dodd as a core committer, and she’s already doing great. We’ve also started doing weekly team chats, and have regulars that are helping run the show, triage trac, and follow closely inline with the successes of WordPress core.

In 2013, bbPress will see:

  • Forum specific searching.
  • More BuddyPress integration.
  • More migrations to 2.x in the various .org usages.
  • Performance improvements around recalculating metadata.
  • Improved capability mapping, to allow more granular access control.
  • Hopefully, another core committer.

In closing

2012 has been a great year for the bb’s. The community is really rallying behind bbPress again, and our BuddyPress users are anxiously awaiting the 1.7 release to alleviate all of their theming woes. Overall, I’m very proud about what we were able to accomplish this year, and am excited about what we have planned for 2013.

Introducing Jennifer M. Dodd

Published on December 11th, 2012 by John James Jacoby

Back in 2010, when we decided to make bbPress a plugin for WordPress, we opened the door to an audience bbPress previously didn’t have, both in terms of users and developers. Since then, having a bigger pool of developer resources has helped breathe new life into bbPress, and helped maintain it’s momentum with frequent releases and really great feature development.

Today, with great pride and enthusiasm, I get to announce Jennifer M. Dodd‘s contributions are being recognized by her earning core commit access to the bbPress project.

Jennifer has been a prolific bbPress plugin developer and core contributor since bbPress 2 was first introduced. Her ability to iterate and improve on core patches, her outstanding communication skills, and her knowledge of the codebase, make her a great addition to the bbPress team.

One of Jennifer’s first tasks for the bbPress 2.3 development cycle will be working on full forum search. You can follow the process on our development tracker.

Congratulations Jennifer!

bbPress 2.2.3 Released

Published on December 11th, 2012 by John James Jacoby

bbPress 2.2.3 is a compatibility release, and fixes a few bugs with Theme and BuddyPress compatibility. It’s also ready for WordPress 3.5, for everyone that’s anxiously awaiting it’s arrival.

Changes in 2.2.3:

bbPress 2.2 now available!

Published on November 19th, 2012 by John James Jacoby

Out now is bbPress 2.2!

It comes with 69 individual fixes and enhancements since 2.1, and is a recommended update to any site running bbPress 2.0 or higher.

bbPress 2.2 is the third major release since becoming a plugin for WordPress back in October, 2011. Also since then, we’ve continued to work on the things you want the most, like easier integration with your existing WordPress theme, BuddyPress Group Forums, and more comprehensive User Roles. We think bbPress 2.2 is the best release yet, and we really hope you’ll think so to.

Here are some of the juicy details about bbPress 2.2:

  • Added What’s New and Credits pages
  • WordPress 3.5 and BuddyPress 1.7 ready
  • Improved user roles and capabilities
  • Improved theme compatibility
  • Improved BuddyPress Group Forums integration
  • Improved forums convertion tool
  • Improved forums tools and settings
  • Improved multisite support
  • Numerous bug fixes and smaller enhancements

Many thanks to the following bee-keepers for making bbPress 2.2 awesome: alexvorn2, anointed, boonebgorges, chexee, cnorris23, DanielJuhl, daveshine, dimadin, DJPaul, duck_, gawain, iamzippy, isaacchapman, jane, jkudish, mamaduka, mercime, mesayre, MZAWeb, netweb, nexia, Omicron7, otto42, pavelevap, plescheff, scribu, sorich87, SteveAtty, tmoorewp, tott, tungdo, vibol, wonderboymusicwesti, xiosen

My personal thanks go out to the following individuals for staying dedicated during the 2.2 release cycle, helping spread the word, and keeping the documentation up to date:

Contributing Developers

Codex Rockstars

Go download bbPress 2.2!

Presentation on bbPress: Plugin Development Done Right

Published on October 18th, 2012 by Pippin Williamson

WordCamp Louisville was held last weekend in Louisville, Kentucky, and I was given to opportunity to present a talk on bbPress. The topic was pretty open and I was able to choose what I really wanted to talk about. As a developer who has done a lot of work with bbPress, both in using it and developing for it, I chose to present on why bbPress is an exquisite model of plugin development done right. There are a lot of ways to build WordPress plugins, and many, many more small elements that really determine what classifies a plugin as a great plugin.
Read more →

bbPress 2.1.2 Released

Published on August 1st, 2012 by John James Jacoby

Released today is bbPress 2.1.2. It fixes a few more smallish issues in the 2.1 release, and is a safe update for anyone running bbPress 2.0-2.1.

  • Fixed admin-side help verbiage
  • Fixed reply height CSS in some themes
  • Fixed password converter for phpBB and VBulletin
  • Fixed child post trash and delete functions

Props for this release go out to:  jaredatc and, Netweb.

Go get it!

Retiring bbPress 1.x Plugins

Published on August 1st, 2012 by John James Jacoby

With bbPress now enjoying it’s second year as a plugin for WordPress, it’s time to retire the plugins pages for versions less than bbPress 2.0, and replace them with more accurate resources. As of today, we’re closing down the old plugins directory to help draw attention to the latest and greatest plugins that work with the current version of bbPress.

If you’re an author of one of these retired plugins, you’re still able to make changes as you have in the past. We’re committed to hosting these retired plugins in perpetuity, and have created a dedicated page to link to the Subversion repository for each one.

Thanks to everyone that’s contributed to bbPress in the past by creating plugins for legacy versions. If there are questions or concerns, drop them in the comments and I’ll definitely get back to you.

bbPress 2.1.1 Released

Published on July 23rd, 2012 by John James Jacoby

Released today is bbPress 2.1.1. It fixes a few annoyances that popped up with the 2.1 release, and is a safe update for anyone running bbPress 2.0-2.1.

  • Fixed Invision, phpBB, and vBulletin importers
  • Fixed private/hidden forum bugs
  • Fixed topic split meta values
  • Fixed theme compatibility logic error
  • Fixed role mask issues for shared user installs
  • Fixed missing function cruft
  • Fixed missing filter on displayed user fields

Props for this release go out to:  DJPaul, iamzippy, JarretC, Netweb, and villagora.

Go get it now! Refresh

Published on July 19th, 2012 by John James Jacoby

It was July 13, 2010 that the rebirth of bbPress began, and on September 21, 2011 it was re-released entirely as a plugin for WordPress. By using custom post-types, taxonomies, and the rest of the existing WordPress codebase, bbPress immediately became the easiest forum software to integrate with your existing WordPress powered site.

Since then, moving to use the new software has been a constantly pending (and urgent) task. I set aside the entire weekend to make it happen, and what you’re looking at now (and immortalized in the screen shot below) is the result. – Powered by bbPress 2.1

My main goal was to maintain the old look and feel as closely as possible, to keep things familiar and show off how a little smoke-and-mirrors help duplicate the bbPress 1.1 style. The only exception is when viewing a single topic, the main post is separated out from the replies to give it the importance it deserves.

I also wanted to open it up and let it breathe, so there’s a bit more white-space between the elements.

Lastly, I switched the typeface to a ‘Helvetica, Arial, Sans-serif’ stack, and bumped up the size through-out, hopefully making it a little easier to scan and read.

Props to Ben Dunkle for the bbPress icon set, and Chelsea Otakan for a little design inspiration.

bbPress 2.1 now available!

Published on July 8th, 2012 by John James Jacoby

Out now is bbPress 2.1!

It comes with over 150 individual fixes and enhancements since 2.0, and is considered a safe update to any site running bbPress 2.0 or higher.

Here are some 2.1 carrots to entice you to update:

  • WordPress 3.4 compatibility
  • Deprecate $bbp global, use bbpress() singleton
  • Private forums now visible to registered users
  • Updated forum converter
  • Topic and reply edits now ran through Akismet
  • Vastly improved theme compatibility
  • Fixed Akismet edit bug
  • Fixed Widgets nooping globals
  • Fixed translation load order
  • Fixed user-edit bugs
  • Fixed settings screen regressions
  • Improved post cache invalidation
  • Improved admin-side nonce checks
  • Improved admin settings API
  • Improved bbPress 1.1 converter
  • Improved BuddyPress integration
  • Improved template coverage
  • Improved query performance
  • Improved breadcrumb behavior
  • Improved multisite integration
  • Improved code clarity
  • Improved RTL styling
  • Added 2x menu icons for HiDPI displays
  • Added fancy editor support
  • Added fallback theme picker
  • Added tools for importing, resetting, and removing

Major props to the following individuals for helping make 2.1 a success: Adam Ellis, andy, alexvorn2, anointed, boonebgorges, chexee, cnorris23, daveshine, DJPaul, duck_, dudd, ericlewis, fartlek, GautamGupta, isaacchapman, jaredatch, Jason K, jmdodd, Kaspace, mamaduka, markmcwilliams, mercime, mesayre, michelwppi, mouratidis, MZAWeb, nacin, netweb, Nightgunner5, Omicron7, pavelevap, petemall, ptahdunbar, ryangannon, ryanimel, ramiy, scribu, schrepel, sorich87, thebrent, tmoorewp, tott, tungdo, valendesigns, vibol, Viper007Bond, westi, and wonderboymusic.

Go download bbPress 2.1!

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