bbPress 2 Beta 1 has been released as a WordPress plugin. bbPress is essentially the forum brother of WordPress, but unlike BuddyPress and other siblings, installation and integration were not too ideal.
The new version of bbPress not only introduces itself as a simple-to-use WordPress plugin for the first time, but it also carries an incredible amount of improvements, according to the launch post:
- Seamless integration with your WordPress site and theme
- Integrated admin interface for forums, topics, and replies
- Split and merge topics within a single forum
- Shortcodes to help you customize where your forums appear
- Currently comes with a child theme of TwentyTen to get you started
- Keep track of changes with topic and reply revisions
- Dashboard widget shows you a shapshot of your forums at a glance
- Automatically creates a new “Moderator” role for your forums
- Mark topics as favorites and view them within your new user profile
- Receive emails when new replies are posted to topics you subscribe to
- Anonymous posting lets you open your community up to the world
- Includes widgets to show latest forum activity
- Comes with an importer to move your existing integrated forums over
There are also some snazzy new features just for developers listed at the above-linked post.
bbPress 2 is not necessarily ready for use on a live site yet, but bbPress theme and plugin developers are encouraged to start testing now. If you encounter any bugs, please report them to the bbPress Trac.
Have you tried bbPress 2 Beta 1 yet? What do you think of if compared to bbPress 1?