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Do any of the mods or developers have an ETA on when v2.6 might reach beta or perhaps latest stable release?
Thanks for taking time out to reply and pass along insight. I think I’ll likely hold off a bit longer as I’m weary about whether this is ready for prime time on a really big forum (6.5m comments, 150k+ users). Honestly I don’t need all the bells and whistles so long as the links and pages are SEO friendly and there are robust moderation tools. Rest is just simple comment posting with some options for emoji’s, links, and photo / video embeds and uploads. Oh, and import tools!
I would truly love to migrate over to BBPress. The lack of a performance optimized forum option is a huge void in the WordPress platform IMO. I believe once they get this sorted out and stable, that along with WooCommerce, it makes WordPress the only real player out there for the most part.
Look forward to see this project mature, but can’t say it hasn’t been difficult remaining patient for the last two years as I wait for this to evolve to a point that it’s usable for us.
Wondering if there’s been any progress with this? Sort of bummed that version 2.6 isn’t out even though it’s mentioned as a solution in this thread I started 2+ years ago.
Been struggling with WordPress x Xenforo integration and have literally bought every commercial bridge addon / plugin and have spent thousands of dollars hiring sys admins and developers to try and make it work. Best case scenario is it works until the next update and then it’s borked again. Most are one way bridges so they force logins / registrations through Xenforo, which also sucks.
Honestly BBPress is the last hope as far as the exhaustive reserach I’ve done on the subject, but it’s dead on arrival for anyone running a high traffic forum. Almost tempted to drop WordPress, but nothing else with forum integration comes close.
Anyone have any type of news beyond try the alpha version and report issues?
Unfortunately, I never tried. As mentioned further up, the fix needed for us to do so was supposed to be rolled into v2.6 which was due out soon. You’ll note on the download page that after all this time, the latest stable release is still at 2.5.8, so unfortunately BBPress isn’t even an option for us yet. Really sucks, because we’ve lost massive amounts of traffic struggling with bridge options and so far none have been all that great. We moved from vBulletin and settled on Xenforo as at least there appeared to be plugins to bridge their forum system to WordPress, but we’ve found after paying and testing the top 3 or so, that all come with compromises of one sort or another. We’re actually in the process of a major development effort now to move from a fully custom theme to a commercial theme for the purposes of simplifying the complexity of everything and dropping the various plugins and custom development we’d been using for our authentication and member roles. Hoping this improves the situation with the bridge, but not holding my breath. I really wish I could move us to an integrated solution like BBPress so we no longer have to worry about hacked bridges and unreliable authentication, but until BBPress improves the methods of how data is stored, it isn’t an option for large / active forums.
Sorry I don’t have better news for you.
Thanks again Stephan.
Not so worried about the import… I’ve sourced an outfit that specializes in complex data migrations and will probably leave it to them to develop a custom tailored solution for it.
It is great to hear the rest of it though. I’ll bring this up to everybody so we can dig a bit deeper and put BBPress back on the possible contender short list. Hopefully you guys push it out soon, but truth is we’re kinda behind schedule ourselves.
Looking forward to seeing how BBPress evolves.
Thanks for your reply.
So to be clear, you feel that if I were to implement a work around for ‘last active time’ or wait to install BBPress version 2.6 that I can confidently run BBPress on a forum that size?
Is ‘last active time’ really the bottle neck? As I understood this issue, it had to do with BBPress sharing the DB table with the WordPress posts.
Lastly, do you have a target date for v2.6?
Doh, just saw this thread despite our forum being quite a bit larger… https://bbpress.org/forums/topic/bbbpress-performance/
Forgot to mention… Our server hardware is pretty robust ands plenty capable for a stand alone forum like vBulletin or Xenforo. Since BBPress looks so streamlined and minimal, I’d have guessed its resource footprint on our servers would be significantly less than some of those other forum systems that has ever heel and whistle imaginable.
I know these discussions often turn towards solutions like throwing more system resources at a problem and you can run just about anything, but trying to get an idea of efficiency as best I can so we can make an informed decision.