Now that BuddyPress offers the ability to create BuddyPress plugins as well as BuddyPress Themes, I imagine that its popularity will continue to grow. It also looks like they are already working on the next release.
This is just the first step on a long road ahead. So much is possible now that we have a solid WordPress-based social framework to build upon.
The status updates and gallery components are next on the roadmap, you can expect to see versions of those components appearing later this year. We’ll also be going through the hundreds of enhancement tickets we’ve received, and with your help prioritizing them for future versions.
I’m most excited to see what plugin developers and theme designers can come up with. Even in the pre-release stages, plugins to extend and add functionality have already been popping up. If you’re a plugin developer or theme designer, be sure to check out the skeleton component and skeleton theme. These packages will provide you with a solid starting point to build BuddyPress components and custom themes from.
To those of you that use BuddyPress, what do you think of the latest update?