BuddyPress Plugin Usage Declining, Remaining Contributors Discuss Path Forward

BuddyPress Plugin Usage Declining, Remaining Contributors Discuss Path Forward

Posted by WP Tavern on September 15, 2022 at 9:41 pm
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In the most recent BuddyPress developers’ chat, contributors discussed progress on the upcoming 11.0.0 release, which is expected on December 14, 2022. Mathieu Viet, one of BuddyPress’ lead developers who spearheaded the effort to get the BP Attachments API into BuddyPress 2.3 in 2015, has been working on templating to display single media items on the front-end. He made it possible to share media using the Activity Block editor when the BP Attachments plugin is active. The BP Attachments Admin UI has been updated to include an “Edit Item” view. BP Media Library “Edit Item” view In addition to updates related to the upcoming release, contributors addressed the important topic of BuddyPress‘ declining usage over the past five years. WordPress.org reports active installations at 100,000+, whereas last month they were at 200,000+. The directory rounds that number so it’s not always representative of the number of people using the plugin. After digging further into the numbers, contributors found that installs are hovering at just under 200,000, but growth is steadily declining and contributors are dwindling. “The trend is really not great,” Viet said. “We are slowly losing users and the red line is even more concerning. We’re doing worse compared…

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