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BuddyPress: Past,Present, Future...


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BuddyPress: Past,Present, Future...

  1. 1. Past Present Future How to help
  2. 2. <ul><li>Introduce what BuddyPress is… </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a brief history of where it started… </li></ul><ul><li>Touch on where it is today… </li></ul><ul><li>Travel through time… </li></ul><ul><li>Talk about how you can influence its future… </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Provides a “social layer” to a WordPress(MU) installation </li></ul><ul><li>One plugin that includes several separate but equally functional components </li></ul><ul><li>Turns your website “inside out” </li></ul><ul><li>Shifts the focus away from soapbox content and towards community driven user activity </li></ul><ul><li>If you ask me “can BuddyPress do $task” I will reply “Yes” </li></ul>
  4. 8. <ul><li>Started out as a super simple user profile plugin for WPMU </li></ul>
  5. 9. <ul><li>Originally relied on the WP admin area for most functionality </li></ul>
  6. 10. <ul><li>Originally relied on the WP admin area for most functionality </li></ul>
  7. 11. <ul><li>Before launch, dashboard dependency was reduced and control given almost entirely to the theme (blog concept pictured) </li></ul>
  8. 12. <ul><li>Original concept vs. Almost final concept </li></ul>
  9. 14. <ul><li>Started as a simple plugin built out of client need </li></ul><ul><li>Became an official Automattic project in March, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>First public beta December 15, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Turned 1.0 on April 30, 2009 (wooo hoooO!) </li></ul>
  10. 16. <ul><li>BuddyPress helps developers learn and use BuddyPress </li></ul><ul><li>Current stable version is 1.1.3 </li></ul><ul><li>Consists of 8 separate components to carry out specific social networking type tasks: (Friends, Groups, Messaging, Wire, Activity, Forums, Status, Profiles) </li></ul><ul><li>Comes with example theme to jump-start development </li></ul><ul><li>A growing codex of resources (that still needs some TLC) </li></ul><ul><li>Doubled the size of the core development team from 1 to 2! :D </li></ul>
  11. 18. <ul><li>Merge the activity streams, status updates, and wire together into one mega awesome stream/status/wire widget… </li></ul>
  12. 19. <ul><li>Include a new and more intuitive default theme. ( Sneak preview below… Expect more organization… ) </li></ul>
  13. 20. <ul><li>More profile field attributes via metadata… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Text box auto links to twitter account </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Limit text box length </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Developers: Set actions and filters on each field </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Filter members by profile field </li></ul><ul><li>Site and user privacy and permission controls </li></ul><ul><li>Inappropriate content flagging </li></ul><ul><li>Quick blog post form via user profile/theme </li></ul>
  14. 21. <ul><li>Support for attachments and user photo galleries </li></ul><ul><li>Bulk accept/reject friendship requests and group invites </li></ul><ul><li>Gravatar upload directly from BuddyPress profile </li></ul><ul><li>Repurpose the group ability to focus more on developers, mentoring, and advancing the platform </li></ul><ul><li>Improve the BuddyPress codex </li></ul><ul><li>Try to take over the world… </li></ul>
  15. 23. <ul><li> If you already know a lot about BuddyPress, sign up and help someone else out. If you want to know more, sign up and we’ll help you learn. </li></ul><ul><li> Developers… Have some spare time? Login to the codex and start updating pages. </li></ul><ul><li> Found a bug? Let us know here! You can even fix the bug yourself, gain some props on a changeset, and contribute to the advancement of the whole platform! </li></ul>