BuddyPress Development

What To Expect In BuddyPress 1.9

BuddyPress 1.8 was just released and work for 1.9 is already underway. The tentative scope and timeline for 1.9 was announced last week on the BuddyPress Development blog. Given the success of the last release, the team is shooting for another speedy release cycle this time around.

Development has already begun on the following new items. Here’s what you’ll have to look forward to in BuddyPress 1.9:

New template pack – to include all the major templates for BuddyPress. Learn how to get involved and follow the project on github.

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Important Notice For BuddyPress Theme Developers

BuddyPress 1.7 is very soon on its way to a dashboard near you. Theme compatibility is one of the most exciting features of the upcoming 1.7 release. But how will this affect existing BuddyPress themes?

If you’re a BuddyPress theme author and your theme supplies its own BuddyPress templates, you will need to prevent BuddyPress from running its theme compatibility when your theme is active. Boone Gorges outlined how to do this in the latest post on the BuddyPress Development blog. You’ll want to add this line to your theme’s functions.php file:

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add_theme_support( 'buddypress' );
BuddyPress 1.7 will be compatible with all WordPress themes

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Get A Curated List of BuddyPress Plugins In Your Dashboard

BuddyPress now has 468 plugins listed as extensions for the platform. How would you ever know which ones are quality and which are no good if you’re a new to BuddyPress? You could spend hours researching all the options, reviews, support forums, installing and testing. Or, you could get some advice.
Get A Curated List of The Best BuddyPress Plugins From WordPress.org

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Create Your Own Custom WordPress Forms

A big part of success is being able to do things easily, efficiently, and well. Long gone are the days of needing to know complicated html in order to get sophisticated forms onto a website. I don’t know about you, but I’m quite happy that this is the case.
Formidable Forms is a simple, WYSIWYG style form builder that allows you to drop and drag form elements to create custom forms. The plugin includes templates that let you avoid the customization process, if you only need a very basic type of form, such as a ‘contact us’ form.

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Two Free PHP & Javascript Libraries for WordPress Developers

Hey WordPress developers.

How would you like to code less and spend more time building client relationships and working on your own projects? If this sounds like a plan, I’ve got two FREE open source code libraries that have saved me thousands of hours in PHP & Javascript coding.

#1: Free PHP open source Library at www.phpclasses.org

#2: Free Javascript open source code library at www.jsclasses.org

Both sites are free and if you’re familiar with object oriented programming, you can easily adapt these scripts for building kickass WordPress plugins.

-Enjoy,

Seth C

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How to Build a Facebook-Style Members-Only WordPress-BuddyPress Site

The WordPress-Buddypress-Lockdown challenge
I often read about folks wanting to lockdown their WordPress-Buddypress site, and make it so that content is accessible to logged-in members only. Even more, many want to know how to redirect site visitors to a landing page like Facebook – with login and registration on the page – while still having some select content available to them.
Look no further folks. Today, we’re gonna git ‘er done!
Once we’re finished with this project, and depending on your chosen theme of course, your landing page should look quite similar to the screenshot at right.

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BuddyPress 1.6 RC1 Released: Start Testing Now!

For those of you who have been waiting on the edge of your seats for the BuddyPress 1.6 release, you’ll be happy to hear that it’s almost here. We weren’t sure exactly when it would be released, but now we are closer than ever with RC1 out the door today. Time to fire up your BuddyPress development environments and start testing! We’re all very excited about the new features that BuddyPress 1.6 will include and the more people testing, the faster we can all squash any remaining critical bugs.

BuddyPress Developers: Make hay while the sun shines…

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WordPress Responsive Design Alternatives

Mobile devices will become the most popular way to access the internet, which is why responsive WordPress themes are in high-demand.

Responsive designs share common elements:

Content is the same no matter the device’s screen size (WordPress posts and pages)
Style, coloring, branding, etc. are the same or substantially similar across devices (logos, images, color palettes)
Layout adapts to the screen’s size, with optionally specified minimum and/or maximum widths (usually using CSS3 media queries)
Throughout this article, these three words will be italicized for your convenience.

desktop, tablet, and phone browser sizes

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Planning and Building an Intranet with WordPress

Ah, the Intranet. Long hailed as the red-headed step child of web portals, Intranet’s are increasingly becoming more sophisticated as companies realize the true potential of a well-designed central hub to share, collaborate, reference company and client information, and even manage projects and track time.

While there’s no shortage of hosted Intranet solutions on the market, fortunately for the WordPress inclined a plethora of themes, widgets and plugins are available whether you’re looking to build an Intranet for 5 employees or 500.

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