Should WordPress give up on BBPress/BuddyPress?

Discussion in 'Wordpress' started by cheat_master30, Jun 13, 2017.

  1. cheat_master30

    cheat_master30 Moderator

    Because at the end of the day, both scripts have much better competition than the 'official' WordPress ones do, and I'm not quite sure why they're trying so hard to reinvent the wheel with them.

    For example, they could promote WPForo to the 'official' WordPress forum plugin instead, since it's far in front of BBPress in terms of features and style and generally seems to do everything better than Automattic's attempt. Same with stuff like WPDiscuz and's comment plugin. The former is simply far more powerful and far better in terms of aesthetics.

    So what do you think? Should the guys behind WordPress/at Automattic just give up on their 'official' plugins and replace them with better alternatives by the community? Or do you think stuff like BBPress could actually get somewhere meaningful at some point?
  2. cornnfedd

    cornnfedd Captain Futurama

    always good to have some alternatives and options for people to choose from.. keeps the good ones honest so to speak.. :) :)
  3. gCon

    gCon Aspirant

    I love wpForo and wpDiscuz. We work close with gVectors Team and they do really great job!
    I think the base replacement would be:
    1. bbPress to wpForo
    2. Comments to wpDiscuz
    3. BuddyPress to Ultimate Members or wpForo Profile

    These three changes will make WordPress better, modern, powerful and Social Community Friendly.
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  4. Mardaki

    Mardaki Neophyte

    Thanks for sharing
  5. Sal Collaziano

    Sal Collaziano Womanizer

    I've actually seen BBPress look REALLY good. Somebody knowledgable with CSS can make BBPress look like what we're used to with XF and VB type scripts. If they could just make that easier for the every day user, BBPress could be sufficient for most uses... I've been using BuddyPress for awhile and it's pretty good. Not the best, but considering how easy it is to install, get started - and for the price - it's nice...
  6. BrandonSheley

    BrandonSheley loving life

    I don't think they should give up, the number of searches for wordpress and bbpress would show that there is a large demand for it still.
  7. Soulwatcher

    Soulwatcher Devotee

    Check out the plugin called XenWord It's a wordpress Xenforo bridge and its 1000x more advanced than any of the wordpress plugins. You can see it on my new website
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  8. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Tazmanian

    XenWord (WP + xF) >> Wpforo >> BuddyPress.
  9. kingcool52

    kingcool52 Participant

    I just wish they would focus more on combining current forum software. Imagine if Wordpress came with a default bridge to other forum software. XenWord seems like a good one for XenForo but the others like myBB and phpBB just don't have a good bridge
  10. Pete

    Pete Habitué

    There are licensing issues with bridging, though.
  11. Danielx64

    Danielx64 Developer

    Coppermine has bridging with other forums so that shouldn't be an issue.
  12. Pete

    Pete Habitué

    Bridging anything that isn't GPL to GPL software is fraught with peril from a legal standpoint.

    If there is some kind of API that exists to make it "hands off", it's fine. But all too often it actually isn't, as SMF found when Joomla removed their bridge because SMF wasn't at the time under an open licence.
  13. Danielx64

    Danielx64 Developer


    I'm going to take a peek inside the IPB and VB file and see if there is an API in there.
  14. Danielx64

    Danielx64 Developer

    Well I taken a look and most of the work that is being done is loading up the config file for the database info and doing some lookup on the database and cookie extractions etc.
  15. Pete

    Pete Habitué

    Cookies and the database are sufficiently "under an API" for the GPL.
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