BuddyPress 7.0.0 was released on December 9, 2020. We did the 7.0.0 release review during our latest “dev-chat”, just before the end of the year we shared with you a wrap-up post about 2020, today we’re inviting you to contribute to 8.0.0’s kick-off by replying to this call for tickets.
The priorities of the BuddyPress community matter, please let us know what:
bug(s) you’d like to get fixed for 8.0.0?
improvement(s) you’d like to see in 8.0.0?
new feature(s) you’d like to see introduced in 8.0.0?
Share your wish-list!
To do so, you simply need to pick the ticket number(s) you think we should prioritize on from our code source management tool and paste them into this post’s comment form. If you’d like to, you can also share your ideas about the corresponding ticket(s). If some “already shared” tickets are also interesting you: use the ⭐️ Like feature to second them.
PS: don’t hesitate to add a new ticket, if you haven’t found a match into the above queries
PS2: Adding your ticket here won’t necessarily guarantee inclusion. But no one can fix things they can’t see, so bravely share your thoughts!
This call for tickets will end on January 13, but we’ll begin discussing about what we’d like to see in BuddyPress 8.0.0 during our next dev-chat (January 6) : so the sooner you share your wish-list the better!
2 bugs related to the 7.0.0 release were posted on Trac:
#8411 The Groups Administration screen was not reachable anymore for configs using the multiblog constant BP_ENABLE_MULTIBLOG. ✅ It has been fixed.
#8414 Using the BP Blogs component tool to repair site icon / blavatar synchronization on non multisite configs was generating an error due to a WordPress function not available. ✅ It has been fixed.
We also spent some time investigating a possible bug about Activity recorded dates but it turned out it wasn’t involving the plugin. We’ve decided to package a minor release (7.1.0) before christmas. It should be available for download later today (around 21:00 UTC).
The 7.0.0 release had the best download spike of our 2020 releases. It was reached on December 11 with 34326 downloads 🙌
@slaffik will personally take a look at good-first-issue tasks, on those that he has created a while ago, and will open a new ticket to work on bringing Twenty Twenty One compatibility improvements to our default Template Pack 👍.
Finally and more globally about development cycles, we’ll have a discussion about how we can improve things such has release regularity, release leading, etc.
It will happen next year on January 6 at 19:00 UTC and of course in #BuddyPress. If you have ideas or questions, feel free (and we are strongly encouraging you) to comment this summary to share them!
Many thanks to all BuddyPress contributors for their help during 2020, we wish you all great holidays and to stay safe. See you in 2021 for some great BuddyPress times!
The main goal of this release candidate is to beta test improvements brought to the BP Nouveau’s compatibility with the WordPress 5.6 new default theme “Twenty Twenty-One” (see #8395). @im4th insisted on the fact it was important to make sure text was readable in both modes : dark and light and as the 7.0.0 final release will happen one or two days after WordPress 5.6, it’s important BuddyPress looks nice in Twenty Twenty-One. The initial patch attached to the ticket is using the companion stylesheet feature so that styles are only loaded for this theme or this theme’s child themes.
@vapvarun said he would test the patch asap and that he would probably improve it. That’s what he did a few days after the development meeting.
We still need to finish the announcement post of the release, so we couldn’t have it packaged to the scheduled date 😞. As soon as it is ready, we will package it. Thanks in advance for your comprehension.
Topics we’ve been talking about:
How to find ways to get more contributors to beta test BuddyPress? @vapvarun suggested:
Write a todo list about tasks to achieve for next release (8.0)
Improve documentation about BP support for themes
Make template customization easier for users (WP FSE?)
Possible 8.0 early tasks: #7162 & working on giving more control to the user about the registration form (allowing users to select what xProfile fields to use in this form).
What about having a new BP Standalone theme? @johnjamesjacoby shared his wishes about it:
a 3 columns bp-default looking “chat app” theme.
It’s time to take advantage of all the work that’s gone into BuddyPress since the beginning, and use that to rethink what a “bp-default” looking theme would be today.
It should be responsive and use the BP REST API.
What about having a BP Specific area into WP Admin to manage every feature?
It will happen on December 16 at 19:00 UTC and of course in #BuddyPress. If you have ideas or questions, feel free (and we are strongly encouraging you) to comment this summary to share them!