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bbPress 2.1 RC 2

Published on June 27th, 2012 by John James Jacoby

Less than 24 hours after RC 1, meet bbPress 2.1 RC 2. We fixed a few more bugs uncovered quickly after RC1 was packaged, and want to keep pace.

We’re *still* confident you can use RC 2 on a live site, and welcome your feedback on our development tracker if something isn’t working correctly.

Download bbPress 2.1 RC 2 now!

bbPress 2.1 RC 1

Published on June 27th, 2012 by John James Jacoby

Available immediately is bbPress 2.1 RC 1. RC stands for ‘release candidate’ which means we think bbPress 2.1 is good to go, and it’s up to y’all to let us know if it’s not.

We’re confident you can use RC 1 on a live site without bursting your balloon, but please let us know if it pops your site by reporting any oddities at our development tracker.

Download bbPress 2.1 RC 1

bbPress 2.1 Beta 1

Published on June 18th, 2012 by John James Jacoby

Today we tagged bbPress 2.1 beta 1 in the plugin repository. This means we think it’s ready to release to everyone but want to get a few extra eyes on things before we do. It’s the second major iteration of bbPress as a plugin for your self-hosted WordPress powered website, and we think it’s pretty awesome.

Even though bbPress 2.1 is almost ready to go, we don’t recommend you run it on a production site quite yet. Instead, set up a test site or a local installation to play with. If you find a bug, patch it or let us know. If you fix something, your prize will be pie and props.

We are aiming to release bbPress 2.1 by the end of June, based on how the beta period goes. The more help we get with testing and fixing bugs, the sooner the final version ships. If you want to be a beta tester, check out the WordPress Codex article on how to report feedback.

If you think you found a bug, please report it! Start by bringing it up in the support forums, or if you’ve confirmed that other people are experiencing the same bug you can report it on the bbPress Core Trac. If you find a security vulnerability, please be discrete and let us know privately using one of the methods posted on the WordPress contact page.

Theme and plugin authors, if you haven’t been following the 2.1 development cycle, please start now so that you can update your themes and plugins to be compatible with this new version of bbPress.

Download bbPress 2.1, Beta 1 ↓

bbPress 2.0.3

Published on June 13th, 2012 by John James Jacoby

Out now is bbPress 2.0.3.

This maintenance release fixes an issue with single forum visibility when toggling it between private, hidden, and public. It also is confirmed working with WordPress 3.4.

If you already have bbPress 2.0.2 installed, updating to 2.0.3 is quick and easy via the WordPress dashboard. This is also a safe update if you’ve already integrated bbPress 2.0.2 with BuddyPress’s Site-wide forums feature.

bbPress 2.0.2

Published on November 28th, 2011 by John James Jacoby

Available immediately is bbPress 2.0.2.

This maintenance release adds proper template redirects for logged-in users, and fixes a few bugs with the freshness recounter and closing topics.

If you already have bbPress 2.0.1 installed, updating to 2.0.2 is a cinch via the WordPress dashboard. If you’re still thinking of moving from a bbPress 1.x powered site, the method noted in our 2.0 post still applies. If you integrate bbPress 2.0.1 with BuddyPress, nothing additional needs to be done; it will still just work.

bbPress 2.0.1

Published on November 13th, 2011 by John James Jacoby

Available immediately is bbPress 2.0.1.

This maintenance release fixes a bug when anonymous posting is enabled, allowing logged-out users to potentially edit topics and replies. If you allow anonymous users to create content on your forums, we recommend you update to 2.0.1 immediately.

If you already have bbPress 2.0 installed, updating to 2.0.1 is easily done via your WordPress dashboard. If you’re still thinking of moving from a bbPress 1.x powered site, the method noted in our 2.0 post still applies. If you integrate bbPress 2.0 with BuddyPress, nothing additional needs to be done; it will just work.

bbPress 2.0 now available!

Published on September 21st, 2011 by John James Jacoby

In hot pursuit of BuddyPress 1.5 follows bbPress 2.0!

No longer are the days of elaborate xml-rpc connections or impossible to figure-out cookie configurations! No more are the integration woes, complex theme arrangements, or separate dashboards! bbPress 2.0 represents a complete rethink of how to fit forums inside WordPress in the simplest, most elegant way possible.

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.

bbPress 2.0 comes with Akismet and BuddyPress functionalities baked-in, so if you’re already using either plugin, no additional configuration is required.

If you already have a previous version installed, updating to 2.0 is easy with the bbPress Importer. Move your bbPress 1.0 powered content into your new WordPress/bbPress installation and you’re ready to go. (There is already a migration plugin in the works for other forum software that promises to be pretty amazing, too!)

If you’d like to see bbPress 2.0 in action, a few brave developers have been using it on their live sites already:

In the coming weeks we’ll be moving our own forums onto bbPress 2.0, adding a codex to improve the documentation, and doing some general housekeeping here at We’ve put a lot of work into rebuilding the software, now it’s time to rebuild the site to properly support it!

Props for 2.0 go out to: andy, anointed, boonebgorges, christopher-jon, Coolkevman, cnorris23, dimadin, DJPaul, duck_, dudd, Fartlek, GautamGupta, greenshady, jaredatch, jghazally, Jason K, Kaspace, markmcwilliams, mouratidis, nacin, Nightgunner5, petemall, ryangannon, ryanimel, ramiy, scribu, schrepel, sorich87, vanillalounge, Viper007Bond, westi, and wonderboymusic.

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bbPress 2.0 RC 5

Published on September 12th, 2011 by John James Jacoby

Available immediately is bbPress 2.0 RC 5 “Can we have a pool, dad?” edition. Thanks to a few last minute contributions we were able to fix some theme compatibility issues, BuddyPress Activity stream issues, and Email subscription issues. We’re pretty confident this is the final release-candidate before launch, so please update your existing installations and let us know how it’s going in the support forums.

We’re confident you can use RC 5 on a live site without sinking the ship, but please let us know if it springs any leaks in your installation. If you’re a developer or site administrator, report any oddities over at our trac.

Here are some of the changes in RC 5:

  • Improved theme compatibility
  • Improved BuddyPress Activity stream behavior
  • Improved Subscription email sending
  • API tweaks for plugin authors

Download bbPress 2.0 RC 5

bbPress 2.0 RC 4

Published on August 30th, 2011 by John James Jacoby

Available immediately is bbPress 2.0 RC 4. Thanks to an enormous amount of feedback during the Beta period, we’ve put out a few unadvertised release candidates to tighten integration with Multisite, BuddyPress, and Akismet.

This is still pre-release software, but we think it’s polished and shiny enough to use on a live site. If you’re a developer or site administrator, please report any bugs you find as they are critical at this stage in development.

Check it out and let us know what you think in the support forums!

Here are some of the important changes:

  • BuddyPress 1.5 activity streams and @mention integration
  • Improved Akismet integration
  • Improved update process
  • Improved importer
  • Improved multisite integration
  • Improved spam/deleted user handling
  • Added blacklist_keys support
  • Added actions to topic/reply forms
  • * Updated green admin color scheme for WordPress 3.2

Download bbPress 2.0 RC 4

* Bet you didn’t know this was there, did ya?

bbPress 2.0, Beta 3

Published on June 12th, 2011 by John James Jacoby

Available immediately is bbPress 2.0 Beta 3, chock full of fixes and enhancements to help smooth out the integration of bbPress into your existing powered site. Your feedback has been super helpful, and there’s been so much testing we think a sarcastic cake-promising robot may be involved somewhere.

You know the drill; this is still beta software, so don’t use it on your production sites. If you’re a plugin or theme developer, or a site administrator, run this only on test environments and report any bugs you find. If you’re a loyal bbPress user who’s anxious to see what the future of bbPress looks like, create a secondary WordPress test site and let us know what you think about it in the support forums. Extra points if you’re testing with WordPress Multisite.

So far we’re right on schedule for this to be the final beta before we start packaging release candidates, with bbPress 2.0 by the end of June (in tandem with WordPress 3.2.) The more you kick the tires and the more miles you put on Beta 3 means a more dependable, longer lasting bbPress 2.0, so put your testing gloves on and take it for a spin!

Here are some of the important changes since Beta 2:

  • Akismet integration
  • Fixes replies within wp-admin
  • Fixes reply notification links
  • Fixes inconsistent breadcrumb behavior
  • Fixes theme compatibility issues
  • Fixes archive and page conflicts
  • Improvements to unpretty permalink support
  • Improvements to importer
  • Improvements to multisite support
  • Normalize theme, shortcodes, and template parts
  • Add humans.txt
  • Add empty index.php files to prevent snooping
  • Add max length to topic titles (default 80 chars)
  • Add shortcodes for login, register, and lost password forms
  • Add proper redirect handling to topics and replies, allowing them to live almost anywhere
  • Add permalink collision warnings if custom slugs conflict

Download bbPress 2.0 Beta 3

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