John James Jacoby yesterday announced the third beta release of bbPress 2.0. As I advised a few weeks ago, version 2.0 is a major improvement over previous versions of bbPress. The most notable advancement being the move away from a standalone product to being a WordPress plugin that integrates with your current WordPress design.
Improvements in this version include Akismet integration, Improvements to unpretty permalink support and importer and fixes to theme compatibility issues.
There is still a lot of testing to be done for the final stable release of bbPress 2.0 however they believe it will be finished by the end of this month. If you want to see it in action, please visit our WordPress forums. The forums are currently using the default theme however once I get some time I will look into customising it to improve the layout. I’m sure we will see many great themes released once the stable version is out there :)
Installing the beta version of bbPress 2.0 on a live website
It’s probably best to wait until the stable release of 2.0 at the end of the month. I’ve installed it successfully in my test area and on WP Mods and haven’t came across any major problems as yet, therefore you may want to try it out (and just not link to the forum if it doesn’t work for you).
In my previous post I walked you through using the importer to upgrade from the standalone version of bbPress. When I wrote the article I had bbPress 2.0 working fine in my test area however when I installed it on WP Mods it produced the white screen of death in my admin area. As I expected, the plugin was conflicting with one of the other plugins I had installed here.
To find the plugins that were causing the confliction I did the following:
- Uploaded the WP Mods theme to my test area
- Uploaded all plugins that were active on WP Mods, making sure the only plugins that were installed were the ones that were installed on here
- Deactivated all plugins
- Uploaded and activated bbPress plugin
- Reactivated all plugins one by one, enabling me to see what plugins were causing the problem
The plugins that conflicted with bbPress were WordPress Popular Posts and WordPress SEO. I’m sure there are thousands of plugins that create issues when bbPress is being installed but hopefully this will be reduced by the time the stable version is released.
If you are having problems installing the beta version of bbPress, please let me know and I’ll do my best to help :)