Over the weekend, BuddyPress project lead John James Jacoby announced that 2.2 beta 1 is ready for testing. The upcoming release has been in development since last September. Jacoby’s campaign for six months of BuddyPress, bbPress, and GlotPress development was fully funded in mid-December, allowing him to spend more time on the project in 2015.
So far, the 2.2 milestone has 127 resolved tickets, which include enhancements and fixes across all components. Jacoby outlined the most significant changes that require more testing ahead of the official release:
- Member types will allow developers to register different types of users, i.e. ‘teacher’ vs. ‘student’.
- Post type activities will allow developers to connect custom post types to activity stream items.
- Numerous improvements to the Legacy template pack
- Several new query API’s (based on WordPress improvements) for retrieving more specific results
- Continued cache enhancements, particularly for multi-site and multi-network WordPress configurations
- Tons of under-the-hood improvements
- Increased coverage of inline code documentation, actions, and filters
Now is good time for BuddyPress site administrators and plugin and theme developers to start testing their extensions against the beta. You can download the zip file for 2.2 beta 1 from the release announcement. The plugin’s core development team is aiming to get the official 2.2 release out to users by the end of January.