BuddyPress is the most popular plugin for adding social features to your WordPress site. In this presentation, you'll get a quick overview of what BP does and who's using it (including wpnyc.org (http://wpnyc.org/), our community site!). BuddyPress 1.8 was just released, and we'll review some of its new and improved features:
• BuddyPress now integrates more elegantly than ever before with your WordPress theme, and there are improved tools for theme developers and designers to tweak (or completely overhaul) the way BP looks.
• A slick unit testing framework and integration with Travis CI, which developers can leverage when working on their own plugins, themes, and even client sites.
• Big under-the-hood improvements to the Groups component, making it easier to develop plugins and easier to scale.
• You'll also get a sneak peak at what's coming up for BuddyPress 1.9, already in development.
OPENING PRESENTATION: The Achievements plugin
The Achievements plugin (http://wordpress.org/plugins/achievements/) gamifies your WordPress site with challenges, badges, and points. Badges and points are the funnest way to reward and encourage members of your community to participate, and leader boards and rankings bring friendly competition to your community. Learn more about what the plugin does, how it works, and who uses it, and how it will increase participation on your site.
Presenter: Paul Gibbs (https://twitter.com/pgibbs)
GET ONE-ON-ONE ASSISTANCE AT OUR HELP DESK:
The experts from Tadpole.cc (http://tadpole.cc/) will be available throughout the evening to help you with your WordPress issues and answer your questions.
"WPNYC GIVES BACK" RAFFLE:
We will raffle off $1 for each user that RSVP's. This money will be split between:
• One WPNYC member.
• A WordPress developer that has donated a free theme or plugin to the community (chosen by the member winner)
Check out our past winners. (http://wpnyc.org/gives-back/)
"META SLIDER PRO" RAFFLE:
The team from Matcha Labs was so excited to win our "WPNYC Gives Back" raffle last month, they decided to give us a license for their Meta Slider Pro plugin (http://www.metaslider.com/) to give away.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Boone Gorges (http://boone.gorg.es/) is a freelance WordPress developer based in Queens, NY. Boone is a Lead Developer for BuddyPress (http://buddypress.org/), and oversees development on a number of WordPress projects, including Commons In A Box (http://commonsinabox.org/), Anthologize (http://anthologize.org/), and Participad (http://participad.org/). He specializes in working with educational and non-profit organizations. You can follow Boone on his blog (http://teleogistic.net/) or twitter (http://twitter.com/boone).
Paul Gibbs lives in the UK, south of London, and works for Automattic's WordPress.com VIP team. Brought up on a diet of digestive biscuits, crumpets, and tea, Paul likes spending his spare time building WordPress plugins, including BuddyPress. Away from the screen, he enjoys reading, photography, and is learning to love travel.