BuddyPress Breaks One-Day Download Record with 2.2.1 Release

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The 2015 BuddyPress Survey is out on the heels of the 2.2.1 maintenance release. Yesterday, the plugin broke its one-day download record with more than 10,000 downloads in 24 hours.

Over the past seven years, BuddyPress has been downloaded more than 2.6 million times. Major performance improvements during the past two releases reduced the plugin’s footprint by up to 75%. Contributors added new administration tools and improved translation fetching.

If you want to help shape BuddyPress development in 2015, participating in the survey is one of the best ways to provide feedback to contributors. Last year’s survey demonstrated that the community is growing and users are eager to stay on top of updates. The 2014 survey results indicated that more than 50% of BuddyPress sites are on the latest versions of WordPress and BuddyPress.

When asked to choose categories for feature improvements, respondents selected group enhancements, a new media component, activity stream, membership add-ons, performance, and a few others. Many of these requests were addressed during 2014 development on the plugin. Custom post types were added to the activity stream, performance was enhanced beyond user expectations, and a new member type API was introduced earlier this year. Contributors also began working on a media component as a feature plugin.

Last year, the survey captured feedback from 338 developers in 52 countries, and it would be helpful to get an even wider range of results this time around. The survey takes approximately 20 minute of your time, but, as you can see from last year’s development, contributors are eager to act on user feedback. Your participation will give the BP core team an idea of the kinds of BuddyPress sites that developers are building and the features that you want to see prioritized in 2015.

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  1. Hi Sarah. Thank you for mentioning the 2015 BuddyPress Survey. Looking forward to what the results will be :)

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  2. Hello Sarah, Thanks for the article and i noticed you know a lot about Buddypress. I’m curious how succesfull Buddypress is and how it’s evolving the last years to a powerfull plugin to build communities. And what are succesfull examples at the moment? And can these communities build with Buddypress compete with the big social media platforms? Maybe you can write in future an article about this? That would be fine!

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  3. Like Marcel, I’d be interested in reading a little more about BuddyPress. I’d probably already be using it if WordPress.com supported installing it, but my one use case where I *think* it might be perfect is one where I don’t want to set up dedicated hosting (and the ongoing maintenance that requires).

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