I’m very excited to share with you my latest progress about the next major release of the BuddyDrive #BuddyPress plugin: version 2.0.0.
I usually post in French on my blog. If I’m making an exception to this personal rule, that’s because i’d really like you (from all around the world!) to help me polish the 2.0.0 release so it can be as perfect as possible. So please, consider taking the time to, at least, test this beta release to make sure the major changes introduced in this version will behave the right way with your WordPress/BuddyPress setup.
BuddyDrive’s UI has been completely revamped!
As you can see in the above video, it’s now possible to upload multiple files at a time, to really share folders between friends, group members or even with the members of your choice! These are one of the top, and i must admit long, awaited features this new BuddyDrive UI is making possible.
It has been optimized for the TwentySixteen theme and should look fine with most WordPress themes. But just in case your theme needs some extra CSS rules to look even greater, you can simply create a
buddydrive.css file you will localize inside a
css subdirectory of your theme.
Version 2.0.0 will be the last one to keep the old « deprecated » UI so that if your specific customizations are not ready yet for the major changes introduced in this release, you can still use BuddyDrive and take the time to do the needed work to fully enjoy the new UI. To use this deprecated UI, you’ll just need to add a filter in your bp-custom.php file:
add_filter( 'buddydrive_use_deprecated_ui', '__return_true' );
The other major change is relative to way BuddyDrive stores its content. So prepare yourself to make sure to back up your database before upgrading the plugin. You should always do so for any plugin upgrade by the way! But even if you forgot, the plugin will remind you to do so before launching some specific tasks to make sure the existing BuddyDrive content will be ready for the 2.0.0 release.
BuddyDrive 2.0.0 is not completely ready yet! I think i’ve done 90% of the road. I still need to test some browsers (Firefox, Edge and Internet Explore & mobile devices!) and some specific themes like premium or standalone BuddyPress themes like BP Default. So please, DO NOT use BuddyDrive 2.0.0-beta1 on a live server yet.
You can help!
There are many ways you can contribute to this next release. Starting by improving the english i’m using in the plugin’s strings! You can also suggest patch about the code (eg; CSS rules…) or simply test the plugin 🙂 If you’ve found something weird, please open an issue in the plugin’s Github repository.
FYI, BuddyDrive 2.0.0 will require BuddyPress 2.5.2 & WordPress 4.5. I hope to ship it around the 15th of may, so let’s go back to work! Thanks in advance for your contributions ❤