BuddyPress 1.7 is finally here! Rumor has it that the BuddyPress core devs are mainly powered by pie, so every new major BuddyPress release has a pizza theme. This release is dubbed “Totonno” to honor a legendary pizza joint in Brooklyn.
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The exciting new world of Theme Compatibility
In the past you may have paid a pretty penny to get your WordPress theme compatible with BuddyPress. Even with the help of the BP Template Pack, you had to be able to manipulate the markup and CSS of your theme to make it look right. Those days are over, friends. BuddyPress now fits seamlessly into any WordPress theme.
BuddyPress 1.7 comes packed full of new features, improvements and hundreds of bug fixes. Take a closer look at the 7 most exciting new features of BuddyPress 1.7 for a quick overview of everything that’s new. The BuddyPress codex also has a 1.7 release notes page listing all of the changes in this release.
Goodbye, Installation Wizard
With brand new BuddyPress installations you’ll notice that that the setup process is now totally automated and the installation wizard has been removed. Now all you have to do is activate the plugin and you’re ready to roll. You’ll also notice the new About and Credits pages that help you to stay on top of what’s new and who to thank for it.
How To Update to BuddyPress 1.7
The BuddyPress development team has made it so that you can easily update your site even if you’re running ancient old BuddyPress 1.5. If you have previously been using the BP Template Pack for making your theme compatible with BuddyPress, you’ll be happy to know that this plugin is no longer necessary. The BP Codex has a specific process for you to follow for upgrading “Template Packed” themes. Before upgrading it would be a good idea to review the BuddyPress 1.7 theme compatibility information to get a solid understanding of the new approach to templating.
Enjoy this new release, fresh from the oven. You can download it today from wordpress.org or via your site’s dashboard. Many thanks to the BuddyPress development team and all of the contributors for their tireless work on this awesome new release.