BuddyForms – Collaborative Publishing for WordPress

We are really excited to present our newest invention:
BuddyForms. It’s just about to be released.
And it brings awesome new functionalities.

With BuddyForms you can finally create posts together, right from the front end.
No need to go to the backend, simply write a new blogpost out of your profile.

It can be a Magazine, FAQ, Bookstore,… all kind of posts or custom post types.

BuddyForms comes along with front-end creating, editing and moderation control for your users.

A drag and drop form builder helps you creating your custom forms with a few clicks.

First Release Candidate

We’re almost finished and the first Release Candidate will be available in around 1-2 weeks. And we just started to build up buddyforms.com.
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Integration with BuddyPress

You don’t need a full social network for BuddyForms to work. Only the profile component of BuddyPress is needed to give authors of WordPress a profile in the frontend for the post control.

We choose BuddyPress for BuddyForms because you can go deep into collaborative content creation with the power of groups and a social network.

But you don’t need a network. BuddyForms works out of the box only with the BuddyPress Members component activated.

Extensions for BuddyForms

It’s now a solid extendable code base. Everyone can build plugins based on it and create all kind of different frontend functionalities that people can imagine.

We are really excited to make this happen and look forward what happens in the future.

The BuddyForms Groups Extension is already there to enable a new way of creating groups like posts and have them displayed on your site like normal WordPress posts – with the power of WordPress taxonomies.

The BuddyForms WooCommerce extension is also almost finished.

Now, why we actually build this plugin?

Because WordPress needs Front End Post Control. ;-)

From the early days customers ask us for frontend posting and editing. How to have their users writing from their profiles. Or how to blog together in groups.

WordPress is known being the most user-friendly blogging platform on the planet, so many people expect it to be easy to create content together. Without the need of going into the backend. Our customers even didn’t want to allow users to go to the backend, but they want them to have the possibility to write posts, from the frontend.

Many times we created code to enable the frontend functionality. It doesn’t matter if it’s about cats, dogs, movies, products, magazines, calendars or anything. We always needed a lot of coding to make it work.

People are really missing the possibilities of front-end creating, editing and moderation control for their users. They don’t want them to have an own blog or need to go into the admin always just for writing a post.

To change this situation we wrote this plugin.

What do you think? What would you wish to see?
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  1. This is EXACTLY what I need. It will mean that my purchase of gravity forms and wp user frontend pro were a waste of money but I don’t care. As long as this thing allows for custom fields and gives members a litte frontend dashboard they can access from their buddypress profile menu then it’s the missing piece in the puzzle called buddypress. Please let me know as soon as it becomes available.

    • This sounds good. I hope it works great. One suggestion I have is to please “TEST TEST TEST” the hell out of this plugin before you start selling it. Don’t get me wrong but there is a reason that I am saying this.

      My experience with my purchase of X2-Theme was not good. I wasted almost 5 months and finally shut down my site a month ago. It was full of bugs and your team “took forever” to fix even little stuff. We were promised quicker release cycles and forum where X2-the users can list issues and get help from other users and themekraft. Many months have passed, nothing has happened. This is not the way company should be run. X2-theme was going to have the demo data and that never happened either. We were promised X2-theme showcase and that never happened. If you promise, then it should be delivered.

      I am going to re-launch my site again but I am just waiting for the X2-theme to actually become more sound and stable and free of issues.

      My suggestion is again: TEST properly before launching new products. Don’t use us a guinea pigs. We want stuff to work, not waste our time. We don’t have free time. After our regular work and family chores, whatever time we have left we want to utilize that to get something done. So this is extremely important that themes and plugins work flawlessly.

      I hope you don’t take this message in negative spirit. I am just giving you honest feedback.
      I will but this plugin, but please make sure it really works flawlessly before you launch.

      Thank you for listening.

  2. Hi RK,

    thanks for your honest feedback.

    We have taken x2 out of the store and I will test it and create a stable solid version before it comes back into the shop.

    You are absolutely right and I feel very sorry about it.

    This should never happen and we are taking it serious and will discuss the x2 development and release process in the next team call intensively to never have a situation like this again.

    We are also changing the way products come into the themekraft store and make the process more difficult for the developers.

    Themkraft is build by a team and now we create new rules and review processes for new software to control us and make sure there is only solid software sold by themekraft.

    For the BuddyForms plugin I can honestly say, it’s the most deeply tested software I ever wrote. I put all my knowledge and patience into it and I’m sure you will have a totally other experience with BuddyForms.

    Again sorry for your discomfort and unsuccessful work with our software. Thanks a lot for the feedback.

  3. Quality move, taking responsibility like that. However I would just like to add that I WANT TO BUY BUDDYFORMS NOWWWWWWWWWWW

    Jk haha I’m getting a little overexcited, I’ll try and bring it down a peg. Woosahh

    Oh snap woocommerce integration!!!! Please consider integrating easy digital downloads as well.

    Also meta key options so I can map posts to custom post types with custom fields and taxonomies…I use types and views.

    An extension to integrate with buddypress achievements might be a useful extension as well, also dropbox for several reasons… btw making it extendable was a smart move.

    Awesome can’t wait!

  4. Been waiting patiently, are you guys close to finished? I am very excited for the release or even a beta version to mess around with.

  5. Hi Marc,

    thanks a lot for your interest in BuddyForms.

    I’m in the last deep testing. I think end of this week the first beta is ready for a public beta test in a small group.

    I want to eliminate as much issues as possible for a stable start. Thats why I still hold back the plugin.

    I already rewrote some parts during testing for better extendibility and this took some more time as expected.

    If nothing unexpected happens I hope to have the beta out for testing on friday. I will send you a copy than.

    Thanks again for the feedback, I’m looking forward your testing and feedback ;-)

  6. Hi everyone,

    I need some more time. One or two days more I guess. But we will be Beta during this week. That’s sure!

    Thanks for your interest and patience.

  7. does this buddy forms allow members to use custom post types? I have a site that has a bunch of minisites that were created using custom post types, so if possible, id like members to be able to write reviews/post/upload etc to these minisite categories which are custom post types….?

      • what if its a theme based on custom post types? In my backend (haha, i said backend) i am able to create a post (from a custom post type) that has a bunch of customization options, like a review section that i can give stars, badges or awards, and also label things like genre, director, etc. However, Im not sure how to go about connecting some of the things that i can see on my backend to the buddypress users frontend…

        • themekraft says:

          I will write a documentation and how to’s with easy step-by-step guides before the 1.0 will be released.