BuddyPress 8.0 was just released earlier this month on June 6, but the core dev team is gearing up for a short development cycle for 9.0. The release will specifically aim to prepare the main BuddyPress widgets for the new WordPress 5.8 block widget experience. Contributors aim to meet the following timeline to ship version 9.0 ahead of the next major WordPress release:
- Beta: July 8.
- RC: July 12.
- Final: July 16
BuddyPress entered the block world with the release of version 6.0 in May 2020, allowing users to insert a specific member or group into the content. Version 7.0, released six months later, introduced blocks to present a member list, a group list, and the ability to embed a public activity post. Over the next few weeks, BuddyPress contributors will continue the process of migrating the rest of the BuddyPress component widgets to blocks. These include the following:
- Blogs Recent Posts Widget: A list of recently published articles across the network
- BP Basic Login Widget: Displays a login form for disconnected visitors and a logout link for those who are logged in
- BP Basic Friends Widget: A dynamic list of recently active, popular, and most recent friends of the displayed member. The widget is only displayed when viewing a member profile
- BP Groups Widget: a dynamic list of recently active, popular, most recent or alphabetical groups
- BP Main Members Widget: A dynamic list of recently active, popular and most recent members
- Recently active BP Core widget: Profile photos of recently active members
- BP Core Who’s Online Widget: Profile pictures of online users
- BP Messages Site-Wide Notice Widget: Display reviews on the entire site published by the site administrator
BP Widgets New:
- BP’s latest activities: View the latest updates from your community with the types of your choice
- New BP navigation widget: Displays the main BuddyPress navigation in the site sidebar. (Must be used as the first sidebar widget and only once.)
In addition to creating a block for each BuddyPress widget, contributors aim to make it possible to transform existing BP widgets into their corresponding BP block.
With the imminent arrival of the new block widgets screen in WordPress, BuddyPress must take this step forward to keep pace with the block editor’s progression beyond use in the content editor. Otherwise, BuddyPress users will need to disable block widgets with the Classic Widgets plugin in order to retain access to the main BuddyPress widgets.
Contributors are also working on creating a new Follow component, a frequently requested feature that would take inspiration from the now-discontinued BuddyPress Follow plugin. The feature will work the same as following on Twitter or the Facebook follow button which allows users to see public activity posts for those they follow. The Follow component is first built as a plugin and will ship with version 9.0 if it is ready on time.