BuddyPress 2.1 Beta 1 Now Available for Testing

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BuddyPress 2.1 is right around the corner with Beta 1 landing in the hands of eager testers today. The upcoming release includes several improvements that make BuddyPress easier to use, more secure, and faster than ever.

BP 2.1 is set to introduce a totally revamped @mentions interface with built-in auto-suggestion and beta testers will want to put it through the paces. Here’s a quick demo:

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The brand new URL profile field type is also making its way into this release. It automatically creates a link from the URL entered in the profile field.

Highlights for the upcoming release demonstrate continual improvement on the project:

  • New @mentions interface: type a @ when leaving a status update or commenting on an activity item or blog post, and the new suggestions panel will open.
  • Set better passwords with the password strength meter on the registration and user settings pages
  • When a user attempts to change their email address, the new address requires email verification before the change is applied
  • New “URL” XProfile field type
  • Continued performance enhancements, particularly on the Members and Groups directories.
  • Higher quality translations (automatically fetched by WordPress), courtesy of BP translation volunteers

BuddyPress 2.1 also includes a lot of under-the-hood tweaks. This release offers better compatibility with themes that load template content in advanced ways, such as Stargazer. It will also formally deprecate the BuddyBar. The term “Avatar” has been renamed to “Profile Photo,” which is more universally understood and translatable.

All of the features and improvements above could use testing. Grab a cold beverage and take the beta for a spin this weekend. You can download a zip from the Beta 1 announcement post.

Who is Sarah Gooding


Sarah Gooding is an Editorial Ninja at Audrey Capital. When not writing about WordPress, she enjoys baking, knitting, judging beer competitions and spending time with her Italian Greyhound.

11 Comments


  1. That mentions will take a hell lot of time with a few tousands of registered users :/
    I hope it will be optional.

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    1. Facebook does it quickly enough, with hundreds of millions of users. Granted they have more resources than most, but there’s also the fact that a mere smartphone can search a document with thousands of words to find instances of any given string of characters, and in quick time. It doesn’t take much for a computer to search for strings of text within strings of text. .-.

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    2. It’s actually been built to be pretty sensible about this sort of thing, though time will tell if we need to tweak things.

      For example, if you have the Friends component enabled, it pre-caches the list of all your friends when you load any page (that supports @mentions). Then, when you hit up a @mention, it searches in your friends list first, and only connects to back to your server if a match isn’t found.

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      1. Hey Paul, was this code brought over from the BP Labs plugin? I was curious when I saw it.

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          1. So will folks using BP Labs need to disable the plugin once they update to 2.1 or does it not conflict?

  2. Patrick

    Hi Sarah,

    Thank you that you always keep an eye on BuddyPress. It’s a great plugin and deserves to get attention.

    I really like the short screencast you added to this post. May I ask you how you did it?

    Thank you,
    Patrick

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      1. Patrick

        Thank you Paul, I’ll give it a try.

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