BuddyForms – First Beta Available

The first Beta versions of BuddyForms and BuddyForms Members are available now.

It’s a Beta release for interested developers and users who want to play with the plugin and see what we have built so far. For now the plugin comes with limited functionality.

You can create and edit forms in the backend. In the frontend users can create and edit posts right out of their members profiles. Also moderation control and revisions are working already.

Now it’s time to play around and give us feedback about the logic, missing features, issues and so on.

Download now!

Below are two download links. One for BuddyForms, the core plugin, and the Members Extension to display, create and edit posts right in the BuddyPress member profiles.

BuddyForms 1.0 Beta 2

Download BuddyForms

BuddyForms Members 1.0 Beta 2

Download BuddyForms Members

Bugs and Feature Requests

There are unfinished parts and of course there are unknown issues we need to find and fix. For issue submitting I have added a button for the Beta into the admin to submit issues right from the plugin settings page.

Screenshot Previews of Backend and Frontend

Here are some screenshots of the plugin settings UI and how it looks in the frontend.

Backend Preview

The Main Setup Page for BuddyForms.

The Main Setup Page for BuddyForms.

Edit your forms easily with the Drag and Drop Form Builder.

Edit your forms easily with the Drag and Drop Form Builder.

 

Frontend Preview

Users can create AND edit their posts right from their member profiles!

Users can create AND edit their posts right from their member profiles!

All posts by the author listed in his members profile. With moderation status!

All posts by the user are listed in his members profile. With moderation status!

 

Roadmap for 1.0 Beta 2

1. Localization
Not all strings are ready for translation

2. Mail forms
Mail forms are not ready to use and need to be developed next.
For now only post forms for post creation and editing.

3. Shortcode generator
The shortcode generator for adding your forms in the WP editor needs to be finished.

4. Edit form
The edit form without BuddyPress needs some more logic.

5. Edit Link in the Frontend
There is no link in the frontend available for editing a post. It’s working from the url, but there is no link in archives and single view . This needs to be build later when the logic of the edit form is ready and will not change any more.

6. Form import/export

7. Notification center for review workflows

 

More about BuddyForms

We’re just building a new website on buddyforms.com.
More content is coming very soon.

Stay up-to-date and subscribe to the BuddyForms News.

 

What do you think?

Let us know your thoughts on this! Please comment below.

 

  1. Mikael says:

    Hi guys, it’s a totally awesome plugin you’re working on right there and EXACTLY what I need. And then here I am, a day after you post the first beta! Like everything is set up by the universe.

    I’d definitely interested to try the beta version on my localhost installation (and on stage next or two months later).

    • Profile photo of svenl77

      svenl77 says:

      Hi Mikael,
      thanks for the kind words. I’m looking forward your testing.

      New version beta 2 is ready fort download now.

  2. Profile photo of jcircle

    jcircle says:

    So far this looks very cool.
    What about post templates? This would be a great way to have true front end publishing.

    • Profile photo of svenl77

      svenl77 says:

      Hi jcircle,

      what exactly do you meen with post templates?

      You can already have post templates in WordPress. Every post type can look completely different.

      You only need to create templates for your custom post type. Like single-{post_type}.php

      See here post type templates: http://codex.wordpress.org/Post_Type_Templates

      if you use a plugin based on custom post types the plugin most of the time will have his own templates for the post types it use.

      If you have WooCommerce for example it displays your posts = products in a completely different way as if you use a faq plugin or display normal posts.

      BuddyForms does not create new post types. It only creates new forms to use with your existing post types.

      There are already great plugins for creating custom post types like: http://wordpress.org/plugins/custom-post-type-ui/

      We could create a BuddyForms extension to create new post types out of BuddyForms.

  3. RK says:

    I like the idea of users able to post in front end fron there profile page.

    Just out of curiosity, I am wondering:

    1. What could be various extensions or extension types?
    2. Can this plugin be used along with BuddyPress Media (now called rtmedia) or would there be a conflict between the two plugins? For example, one of the screen shots above shows how to add a video…the rtmedia also lets you add media. Will it be ok to install both plugins?

    Thanks.

    PS: Please also advise about the progress on X2-theme.

    • Profile photo of svenl77

      svenl77 says:

      Hi RK,

      1. every plugin based on custom post types can be used with BuddyForms. You can create a new form for the plugin to create and edit the plugin entries from the frontend.

      2. There should be no problem to use BuddyForms along BuddyPress Media. But I haven’t tested it yet. Its beta time. You are welcome to test and report your experiences.

      X2-theme: This is an other topic and should not be discussed in this article. The X2-theme is in development right now and will be added to the WordPress repository in around one month. Than it needs to be reviewed from the review team first. If you have more questions about the x2 please use an article about x2 or write us a ticket.

  4. Profile photo of clouda9

    clouda9 says:

    Will be trying this as I revamp my site. Currently on Pligg…uhg! so I cannot wait to get it switched over using Custom Community and this awesome plugin!

  5. Profile photo of svenl77

    svenl77 says:

    Thank you all for your feedback,

    BuddyForms and BuddyForms-Members version 1.0 beta 2 is available for download and testing now.
    Fixed debugger issues and some bugs reported by users. Thanks for testing and bug reporting to Slava and DesignSEO

  6. jmc says:

    hey guys, few questions
    1. can admins create some basic forms and make it available to bp members? like what if you want your members to have an option to submit posts, videos and photos from their bp accounts in the front end. we don’t want them to create the form or have any access to backend dashboard, everything from the front.

    2. when bp members submit posts via this, where does the content get saved? in the wp database? or in a separate bp database? wouldn’t it be better for security to have it in a separate database from wp? we have a wp site where we post some work and then we want our members to post separately so there is no security risk to our db.

    3. does this have post types like tumblr?

    4. Is this separate from the plugin that allows members to posts updates in bp and add images, links and videos…it’s something similar to fb status update — DOES it integrate into that plugin or can one use this in addition to it? or integrate together?

    thanks so much for this awesome work!

    • Profile photo of svenl77

      svenl77 says:

      Hi jmc,

      thanks for your feedback and your questions.

      1. “can admins create some basic forms and make it available to bp members?”
      –> YES

      1.1 “submit posts, videos and photos from their bp accounts in the frontend”
      –> 2. YES, you can use every post type from a plugin or from your hands ;-)

      1.2 “we don’t want them to create the form or have any access to backend dashboard, everything from the front.”
      –> not the user! The site admin creates the form. No admin backend for normal user :-)

      2. The posts are saved in the WordPress database . No extra db or tables needed.
      The plugin only makes use of the WordPress post system and brings it to the frontend. If you turn off the plugin all your content will still be there and can be accessed from the backend.

      3. “does this have post types like tumblr?”
      –> YES WordPress has post types and post formats and you can use them with the plugin in the frontend;-)

      4 ??? I do not understand what you want… Sorry

  7. jmc says:

    super!! one question regarding the databases. are there any security issues with having just anyone post into your database? If so, how does one work around this.

    Also, is there a way to keep the wp database and the bp database separate so we can make a distinction regarding whether the post is coming from a member or admins/writers.

    • Profile photo of svenl77

      svenl77 says:

      “super!! one question regarding the databases. are there any security issues with having just anyone post into your database? If so, how does one work around this.”

      —-> no security issues, this is the why wordpress saves posts. It would be a security issue to change this and also would make updates impossible. And to run an old WP is a real security issue.

      “Also, is there a way to keep the wp database and the bp database separate so we can make a distinction regarding whether the post is coming from a member or admins/writers.”

      —-> Yes, but this is another question for another topic. It has nothing to do with the plugin.

      May this can help you, but I don’t know for what you want to touch your db.

      Better you use a premium host like wpengine: http://themekraft.com/wordpress-and-buddypress-web-hosting-finally-hassle-free/

      This Plugin just came up into my mind… http://premium.wpmudev.org/project/multi-db/

      hope that helps you!

    • Profile photo of svenl77

      svenl77 says:

      Hi @jmc, never use beta software on a live site. The core can change during the beta process and this can make you a lot of work in the moment of update to a new version.

      Also beta software is always a risk to your site.

  8. jmc says:

    Great. Thanks for all this awesome info. When do you plan for this to be ready for use on live sites, can you give us a approx date? We are all excited to try this out!

  9. Eric says:

    Is it possible to have users attach a file to the Post? I noticed the post type of “attachment” but it doesn’t seem to provide a File Selector to the user.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

3,592 Spambots Blocked by Simple Comments

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>