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Robert
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Hello, dear wpForo community members!

We're very close to release the first beta version of wpForo 2.

We apologize for this long delay. There were lots of interruptions, we didn't work for a long period because of three COVID waves and big holidays. wpForo 2 core is fully re-developed, so we created a brand-new forum plugin with improved same features plus lots of new ones.

The beta version will be released for beta testers this month. If we got small amount of bugs, then the stable version will be released by the end of this month as well.

 

What's new in wpForo 2

  • Multi-board system: Allows to create multiple separate forum boards in the same WordPress website. You can create fully separate forums in different pages,
  • Multi-language forums: Using the multi-board system, you can create multiple separate forums for each language of your website. Each forum will have separate forum page, categories, forums and threads, but users will be the same for all forum boards.
  • New Dashboard Settings: We've re-grouped and re-designed wpForo settings, now it's very easy to find the option you want, also you can search options using the live search field. So, managing of your forum has become very easy and fast.
  • Module System: We've gathered many forum features and grouped them into modules. Now you can enable disable some group of features with you don't use and keep your forum light.
  • New Forum Theme: The new version comes with new 2022 theme and with completely redesigned forum layouts and style. It brings modern and clean look for all 4 forum layouts (Extended, Simplified, Q&A and Threaded),
  • New Member Profile System: wpForo 2 has more powerful member profile system with awesome design, so in most cases you won't need to use other profile builder plugins,
  • Points Based User Reputation System: With the new version, you can set different points for likes, dislikes, new topics and posts. The user reputation will be based on number of points,
  • User Following: This is a great feature if you want to follow all activities of certain users. Now all users will be able to follow  other users and vice versa. You'll be able to see your followers and your followed users information in your profile page,
  • Category Background: This makes your forum categories more attractive, and separates forum sections very well.  Each category will start with a nice background header, and you'll be able to manage the category height,
  • Topic Bookmark / Favored Profile Tab: Another great feature to mark your preferred topics and posts as favored and see them in your account new tab called [Favored]. In this tab, you'll also see liked and disliked topics and posts.
  • Topic Overview: This is a small panel on the top of all topics, which provides lots of quick information about the topic. Different statistic information and a quick tree of the whole topic with discussion threads and nested replies in one place. This makes it very easy and fast to find the posts you need in the topic,
  • And lots of more features to come very soon...

 

Addons

New version of all addons will be released to make them compatible with wpForo 2.0. If the license of your addons are not expired, you'll be able to get updates and install the new version of addons with the new wpForo forum. We're really sorry, but there was no way to make the old version of addons compatible with the new wpForo 2 version. As I said above, the plugin core is total changed, and it requires new functions to make addons working together. Once you installed the wpForo 2.0, all old addons will be automatically deactivated to avoid fatal errors. Once you updated the addon, you can activate them and use with wpForo 2.

 

Thank you for your patience, I believe the time you've spent on waiting the new major version worth it.

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We'd really appreciate and be thankful if you leave a good review on plugin page. This is the best way to say thank you to this project and support team.

 
Posted : 17/05/2022 11:55 am
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Posted by: @robert

The beta version will be released for beta testers this month.

Thanks for the update Robert.

 

I am interested in the beta testing, will you make it available for testing to all, or is there an application procedure to follow?

 
Posted : 17/05/2022 12:57 pm
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Macky
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All sounds great Robert! I cant wait to see it in action. 

Regarding the points system, I currently use mycred for that, is the balance from my cred transferable, or will the users have to start again with their points values? 

When beta testing, is it possible to have all paid ad ons available for beta testing too? 

I have a couple of websites with no forum on at all, so have plenty of places to test the forum before uploading it on my main site, so if you like i can beta test. Just let me know 🙂 

It must have been a huge mission to get all this done, thanks to you and your team for getting it sorted! 

Check out my Wpforo forum, lots of customisations and add ons 🙂
Percys Grow Room

 
Posted : 17/05/2022 1:01 pm
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VereK
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@robert

Excellent news Robert and team.

Is there some sort of signup procedure to be a beta tester?

 
Posted : 17/05/2022 1:31 pm
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While everything listed is of cource very welcome (especially a fresh design), i'm mostly interested if any optimizations are done for speed, caching and all that.

Also i would like to know if wpForo will remain free as it is now.

 
Posted : 17/05/2022 1:57 pm
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Robert
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Posted by: @percysgrowroom

Regarding the points system, I currently use mycred for that, is the balance from my cred transferable, or will the users have to start again with their points values? 

The wpFOro users reputation is a separate system, even if you use myCRED they are not merged, they are separate reputations. Users always have default reputation title and budges. So the new points system will extend the default reputation system, it'll not have any connection to myCRED points. The current reputation will not be reset. However, the reputation changing process will be based on likes (0.5), dislikes(-0.5), posts(1) and topics(1) in comparison to the old "only post (1)" based reputation system. Now the reputation won't only increase, it'll be able to decrease based on dislikes. Here is the setting page to manage points for reputation:

In case you want to say thank you !)
We'd really appreciate and be thankful if you leave a good review on plugin page. This is the best way to say thank you to this project and support team.

 
Posted : 17/05/2022 2:06 pm
Robert
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Posted by: @verek

Is there some sort of signup procedure to be a beta tester?

We've added a user approval step, but this will force admins to approve all "email confirmed" new users manually, so this option will be disabled by default. Also add an option to set minimum number of approved post before letting users add profile information like about info, signature, website...

In case you want to say thank you !)
We'd really appreciate and be thankful if you leave a good review on plugin page. This is the best way to say thank you to this project and support team.

 
Posted : 17/05/2022 2:09 pm
Robert
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Posted by: @dimalifragis

While everything listed is of cource very welcome (especially a fresh design), i'm mostly interested if any optimizations are done for speed, caching and all that.

Tons of optimization are made, however it's a continuous improvement and will be actively changed during the first minor versions of the wpForo 2.

Posted by: @dimalifragis

Also i would like to know if wpForo will remain free as it is now.

All what we have done are free. We have not created any new paid feature yet. So wpForo 2 will be free for sure. We do plan new paid addons, but they'll be announced separately.

In case you want to say thank you !)
We'd really appreciate and be thankful if you leave a good review on plugin page. This is the best way to say thank you to this project and support team.

 
Posted : 17/05/2022 2:13 pm
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I have questions about this new version,

  1. What the system requirement to install this new version?
  2. Is there any feature that posting without reloading the page like instant loading? Or click topic without reloading the tab like flarum or discourse?
  3. Is there any plan to make android or mobile application for wpforo?

 

 
Posted : 17/05/2022 3:03 pm
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Posted by: @adisaputro

I have questions about this new version,

  1. What the system requirement to install this new version?
  2. Is there any feature that posting without reloading the page like instant loading? Or click topic without reloading the tab like flarum or discourse?
  3. Is there any plan to make android or mobile application for wpforo?

 

All great questions, I would be interested in these answers too! 

Check out my Wpforo forum, lots of customisations and add ons 🙂
Percys Grow Room

 
Posted : 17/05/2022 3:18 pm
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VereK
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Posted by: @robert
Posted by: @verek

Is there some sort of signup procedure to be a beta tester?

We've added a user approval step, but this will force admins to approve all "email confirmed" new users manually, so this option will be disabled by default. Also add an option to set minimum number of approved post before letting users add profile information like about info, signature, website...

I am asking how do we forum admins become a beta tester?

 
Posted : 17/05/2022 4:24 pm
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Robert
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Posted by: @adisaputro

What the system requirement to install this new version?

  • PHP version 7.0 or greater.
  • MySQL version 5.6 or greater OR MariaDB version 10.2 or greater.

 

Posted by: @adisaputro

Is there any feature that posting without reloading the page like instant loading? Or click topic without reloading the tab like flarum or discourse?

Please note that AJAX loaded topics and posts can be a big pain for your SEO. Search engine bots doesn't like AJAX loaded content, so we have not added such feature for wpForo topics and posts. The topics are opened with simple refreshing the page as usual. However, almost all other actions are AJAX powered and don't require page reloading:

  • Action buttons: Like, Edit, Quote, Delete, Report
  • Topic Tools: Topic Merge, Split, Move, Reply Move
  • Threaded layout pagination
  • Thread overview
  • Etc...

So, wpForo is already 80-90% AJAX powered and doesn't require page reloading.

 

Posted by: @adisaputro

Is there any plan to make android or mobile application for wpforo?

The development is started, however we'll actively work on the mobile application after releasing wpForo 2.0.0 stable version.

 

Posted by: @verek

I am asking how do we forum admins become a beta tester?

Very simple. We'll create a private forum where beta testers can see topics with beta releases. In the topics, you'll find download link of corresponding beta version. We'll provide access to active members of wpForo Community. You'll be able to ask for access in the beta release topic.

In case you want to say thank you !)
We'd really appreciate and be thankful if you leave a good review on plugin page. This is the best way to say thank you to this project and support team.

 
Posted : 17/05/2022 6:49 pm
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VereK
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Posted by: @robert

Very simple. We'll create a private forum where beta testers can see topics with beta releases.

Thanks Robert, I will keep an eye out for that.

To add to adisaputro's list, will there be a user ignore function?

 

 
Posted : 17/05/2022 9:11 pm
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Macky
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Posted by: @robert

we have not added such feature for wpForo topics and posts

Damn, i was really looking forward to this feature as I have seen it in use on other forum software and its really good for user interaction i find. 

Check out my Wpforo forum, lots of customisations and add ons 🙂
Percys Grow Room

 
Posted : 17/05/2022 10:26 pm
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I would like to be added to the beta test as I am working on a few new sites which I am using wpFORO (and its paid addons). Thank You.

This post was modified 7 months ago by beowulf13
 
Posted : 19/05/2022 8:24 am
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