WPWeekly Episode 182 – John James Jacoby Talks BuddyPress, bbPress, and GlotPress

John James Jacoby is nearly halfway through his six month development cycle on BuddyPress, bbPress, and GlotPress. So, Marcus Couch and I invited him on the show to give us an update on how things are progressing. On average, WordPress Weekly is an hour-long. This episode however, is two hours and nine minutes, but is filled with deep conversations surrounding each project.

In this episode, we learn the history of BuddyPress and how its connection to WordPress MU (WordPress Multisite), influenced the project’s direction. Jacoby explains what GlotPress is and why its a cornerstone of the WordPress project. We discuss the future of comments on the web and the role bbPress can play in turning things around. Last but not least, we discuss whether Jacoby’s successful crowdfunding campaign has opened the door for others who need funding to work on open source projects.

Plugins Picked By Marcus:

BuddyPress Identicons automatically replaces default avatars with GitHub-style identicons. Each member’s identicon is likely to be unique, because it’s generated from a hash of their username.

BuddyPress Cover Photo allows users to upload a cover photo to their profile.

Friends For bbPress allows users to add friends in bbPress forums. This plugin creates a section on each user’s profile page that contains their friends.

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5 responses to “WPWeekly Episode 182 – John James Jacoby Talks BuddyPress, bbPress, and GlotPress”

  1. This was a great episode. Thanks to everyone who participated.

    I was hoping to migrate my PHPbb to a BBPress/BuddyPress install on my site, but now I’m wary. I don’t want this to end with a bad experience for my community.
    Does anyone have experience with the process and the Pro’s/Con’s of it?

  2. Interesting overview of bbPress and Buddypress.

    Does John have any suggestions of good places to learn to theme bbPress to look better? Are there any plugins to make it look like Vanilla?


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