BuddyPress 2.2 “Spumoni” was released today. The name pays tribute to L&B Spumoni Gardens, a 70 year old, family-owned pizza joint in Brooklyn, NY. This release is packed full of features that offer developers more flexibility in extending BuddyPress. New Member Type API BuddyPress 2.2 introduces a basic Member Type API that developers can use to create different user types, i.e. student, teacher, etc. This new API is a huge step forward for building niche social networks on top of WordPress. It makes it possible to restrict content, filter the member directory, assign different permissions, etc., based on different member types. The API does nothing visible for users in this first iteration but can be utilized to create plugins that register different member types and build out further capabilities from there. Admins will be able to change a user’s member type, which is currently limited to one, via a new meta box that is added to the community profile screen. Custom Post Type Support Added to the Activity Stream Custom post type support for the activity stream is a major feature that has been three years in the making. Developers can now add support for their post types to be tracked
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