WordPress in Google Summer of Code 2010

March 30, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WordPress is once again participating in the annual Google Summer of Code, whose application period just opened. For the unfamiliar, GSoC gives initiatives for student developers to work on open source projects (such as WordPress) in preparation for their foray into real-world software development.

Here is this year’s list of ideas for WordPress:

  • BuddyPress
  • GlotPress
  • bbPress
  • Media
  • Widgets
  • Blog Import/Export
  • User Roles
  • Template Versioning
  • Comment Moderation
  • Move WordPress
  • Enhance Profiles.WordPress.org

The WP GSoC also gathers some of the biggest names in the community to act as mentors to the participants. IRC chats will be held on March 31, April 3, and April 7 to interact with them.

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Will bbPress turn into a canonical WordPress plugin?

December 11, 2009 | No Comments Yet

BloggingPro reports that sister software for forums bbPress might become the first WordPress canonical plugin after the first IRC meetup for new direction.

Between the integrating of WPMU into the WordPress core and this development, it seems that the Automattic and the rest of the development team is pushing WordPress as the end-all, be-all publishing platform on the web. It will definitely be much easier to persuade site owners to choose bbPress as their forum software over third-party brands like vBulletin, or third-party plugins like SimplePress. And of course, it will also be exciting to see how bbPress can tap into the core features of WordPress.

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Discuss the future of bbPress

October 29, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Want to keep up with or contribute to the future plans for bbPress? Matt Mullenweg started a thread about it:

A few people have reached out to me and I just wanted to let everyone know that bbPress is still an important project for the WP community. (It powers our forums and plugin directory, for one thing!) It’s not going away.

Strategically the most important thing we need to figure out is how to integrate bbPress better with WP more for people who want that — right now it’s easier to use one of the WP plugins for forums than bbPress.

As to where bbPress goes in the future, I’d be curious to hear who wants to help with that. The world is our oyster. :)

Right now bbPress isn’t enjoying the same popularity and feature set as the other forum software out there, but it has potential especially since it has close ties with WordPress. People working on WP-powered sites should look into bbPress and possibly even contribute to its development.

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bbPress 1.0

July 6, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Version 1.0 (codename “Bechet”) of WordPress sister forum software bbPress has finally been released. The biggest achievement in this milestone is associating itself more closely with the WordPress family through familiar WP features we all know and love:

  • Single sign-on from WordPress 2.7/2.8 to bbPress is now supported
  • Forum posts can now receive pingbacks and trackbacks
  • Themes now support the functions.php file
  • The administration panel has been redesigned to look more like the familiar WP dashboard

If you’ve been holding back on using bbPress, there’s no better time to try it than now!

Download bbPress 1.0

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Join the 9rules Network

May 6, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Update: You might want to know that the latest version of 9rules is built with WordPress and bbPress. That’s pretty amazing considering all the features this community offers.

Does your website have have quality content? Get recognized by one of the most popular web communities, 9rules.

What is 9rules?

Here’s a little background info first. 9rules started in 2003 with, well, nine rules:

  1. Love what you do.
  2. Never stop learning.
  3. Form works with function.
  4. Simple is beautiful.
  5. Work hard, play hard.
  6. You get what you pay for.
  7. When you talk, we listen.
  8. Must constantly improve.
  9. Respect your inspiration.

It soon evolved into a community that you can’t quite categorize: a mix of a forum, a blog aggregator, a Digg clone (even if 9rules came before Digg!), and a social network. After several redesigns and revisions, the 9rules of today is a website that features content from its member blogs.

How do you join 9rules?

So how do you become a member? Over the years 9rules has announced submission rounds. As 9rules relaunched this April 30th this year, aspiring bloggers can submit their URLs on the following dates:

  • May 7, 2008
  • August 6, 2008
  • November 5, 2008

Rounds open at midnight eastern standard time of said dates and run for 24 hours each. The first submission round is just 2 days away! Keep your eyes on the 9rules blog for more detailed instructions on submitting your blog.

If you don’t make it to 9rules, or don’t think exclusivity is your thing, try Chawlk, where you can discuss and post links freely.

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Latest Version of bbPress Integrates with WordPress 2.5

April 3, 2008 | 1 Comment

Aside from WordPress, the creators of Automattic have several other software products you might be interested in. I mentioned social network platform BuddyPress a few days ago; now let’s talk about bbPress.

bbPress is forum software (like phpBB, SMF, et cetera). It’s still relatively younger and less popular than its blogging counterpart, WordPress, so it’s a good idea to finally develop compatibility between the two. Blogging may be a community in itself, but some people just can’t help hanging out in the forums, and would seem like a great feature for blog-based websites. And if I may be even bolder, the Internet was practically built on bulletin boards!

But I personally don’t like that forums tend to look completely different from their parent websites. It sort of alienates your visitors. An even more important issue is that if you require your users to register on the main site, chances are they have to register again in the forums. With bbPress, you can:

  • Use your WordPress user data in the forum
  • Customize the look and feel of the forum practically the same you would with WordPress themes
  • Pretty permalinks! (Need I say more?)
  • Spam protection from Akismet, pretty much the most effective spam fighting system out there

And knowing Automattic, the future of bbPress should be looking bright, so expect even more droolworthy features along the road.

Now my question is, since we’re not using bbPress here at the WordPress Philippines Forum, do you think we should make the switch? Since WordPress 2.5 is out, there’s not really an excuse left, right? What do you think?

Check out some of the newest features of bbPress, download the software, and read how you can integrate bbPress with WordPress.

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