19 February 2010 ~ 8 Comments

BuddyPress Links 0.3 released

I have just released version 0.3 of my BuddyPress Links plugin for BuddyPress. This release does not have any major new features, but what is exciting is that it has undergone a massive overhaul to support BuddyPress 1.2 which was just released a few days ago.

You can download it here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress-links/

The biggest change is that the link comment wire has been removed in favor of the awesome new activity stream feature of BuddyPress 1.2.

Links is hooked into every aspect of the activity stream, as deep as any of the core components.

In this screenshot you can see the My Links tab on the main activity stream panel. You can filter activity by links created, link comments, and link votes. These same filters are also available on the All Members and My Friends tabs. Another slick feature of BuddyPress 1.2 is @mentions, and Links fully supports this as well, complete with customizable e-mail notifications.

One addition to Links that has people pretty excited is a lightbox for viewing embedded photos and videos without having to leave the site. This should improve end user experience quite a bit, and also help keep your members from wandering too far from home in search of content.

Many nuts-and-bolts types of changes were made that will go under the radar for most, but serious developers and themers will want to take notice.

The Links theme templates now have a permanent home in the plugin directory, and no longer need to be manually updated after each upgrade. They are also easily overridden by recreating the path to the template in your BuddyPress child theme.

I also took the time to unwind all of the link list HTML markup from template tags so its possible to customize the outer link loop, and also the link loop item by overriding their templates.

For a more exhaustive list of changes in 0.3, check out the change log here:

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress-links/changelog/

If you have any bug reports or other feedback, please direct them to this forum thread on buddypress.org:

http://buddypress.org/forums/topic/buddypress-links-03-final-is-here-at-last

I hope everyone enjoys this new version. Thanks to everyone who helped with ideas, testing, and debugging!

8 Responses to “BuddyPress Links 0.3 released”

  1. Shahrooz Bhopti 24 February 2010 at 9:28 pm Permalink

    Great job on BuddyPress Links Marshall! What are your thoughts on Pligg support?

    • Marshall 24 February 2010 at 10:57 pm Permalink

      Thanks for the kind words.

      I am way too busy with keeping up with the demands of the BuddyPress community to support another CMS right now!

  2. AntonRSA 26 February 2010 at 9:16 am Permalink

    Pligg is cool – bp is better :)

  3. MsKai 23 March 2010 at 8:52 pm Permalink

    I love the plugin, thank you so much!

  4. AndyZippo 17 April 2010 at 7:54 pm Permalink

    This is a really usefull plugin! Thanks!

    Just one thing: it would be great to see the links on the activity in the same form as in the Links page (with avatar and all). That would really up the user experience!

  5. AndyZippo 17 April 2010 at 7:58 pm Permalink

    Oh, and another ideea: the option to add a link from the activity page would also be nice (not to mention the thought of auto adding a link in a predifined category by posting it in the activity…)

    But for now it’s more than enough as-is!
    Thanks again :)

  6. Iain Norman 23 April 2010 at 5:50 am Permalink

    does this work in wpmu?

  7. Marshall 23 April 2010 at 6:52 am Permalink

    Yes, it works with WPMU.

    Just a heads up that 0.4 was released late last week.