We took a decision about whether to package a plugin or directly merge the Member Types and Group Types Administration UI into BuddyPress. BP Types UI will be introduced in BuddyPress 7.0.0. You can already test/review the patch about it.
6.2.0 Maintenance release
We’ve released it as scheduled on August 6. See this announcement post for more info about it.
7.0.0 release cycle updates
@boonebgorges has committed a more permanent fix than the one we included in 6.2.0 about the deprecation of WordPress options containing the black/white terms into their name and also remove these same terms from the xProfile component & moderation code (#8339). If you find some more places in our codebase where we can improve the language used for a better contributors inclusivity, don’t hesitate to add patches to the ticket.
@dcavins gave us updates about his progress on Network invites (see #8139). The new code will be added to the Members component and a new DB table will be created to handle opt-outs for non-site-members.
@im4th shared about his work on the BP Blocks’ front. A new block is now included to share posts/pages into the activity stream. It uses the Activity Block based post form. See this PR for more info about it.
The main goal of this release is to prepare BuddyPress for the 5.5 WordPress upgrade expected to be published on august 11. The change that touch the plugin the most is the PHPMailer 6.0 upgrade that comes with WordPress 5.5. We’ve been working on a patch (see #8322) to support this PHPMailer upgrade and ensure backward compatibility with previous versions of WordPress (4.8 to 5.4). We agreed to test this ticket’s patch until july 22: the day when we plan to package a beta of 6.2.0 to let some time to BuddyPress plugin developers to test it before early august.
6.2.0 release schedule
6.2.0-beta: july 22
6.2.0 : ~ august 6
7.0.0 development cycle updates
@espellcaste has been working hard on improving the BP REST API and preparing the WP CLI 2.0 upgrade (see #8308).
@dcavins started putting the network invitations together (see #8139). One of its feature will include the possibility to invite users to join a group using their emails. Some changes will probably be needed into the BP REST API and the BP Nouveau Messages UI.
@boonebgorges will work on improving the xProfile privacy mechanism and possibly on a way to improve how BuddyPress deals with data updates during our upgrade tasks 🥋.
@mercime and @vapvarun will lead the effort to design a great & brand new BuddyPress theme for the BuddyPress.org network 💪. @im4th thinks it’s a very interesting move we can eventually use to make a new BuddyPress theme available for all users.