BuddyPress welcome screen design ideas

For the BuddyPress 2.2 dev cycle, I decided to spend my time exploring ideas about the experience of a new user after they activate the plugin on their site for the first time. Currently, we redirect the user to a screen listing the new major features of their version of BuddyPress; it’s a mixture of a changelog, and since 2.1, also contains elements of a “getting started” guide.

I think improving the new (site owner) experience is going to be critical for BuddyPress’ growth in 2015. Today I am sharing some screenshots of what I’ve come up with so far, but it looks like my ideas won’t be ready for wider consideration into a release until probably the 2.3 dev cycle — unless you can help. Check out my welcome screen branch on Github.

I researched a few tens of the most popular WordPress plugins (according to the list on WordPress.org), and I was surprised to see so few plugins trying to do something similar; banners across the top of wp-admin were fairly common. WooCommerce stood out because it has a similar post-install screen as to what BuddyPress currently has (we’ve both copied WordPress’ “About WordPress screen!). Automattic’s Jetpack stood out the most with its distinctive design (after you followed a banner to get to it), I suspect only because of that plugin’s requirement to connect to WordPress.com.

This is ripe ground for BuddyPress to develop an innovation lead on in 2015. I can’t propose these changes without the help of a really great designer, or two. I have put in a lot of time and effort to try to come up with a punch design solution for this problem, but it’s missing a certain je ne sais quoi I’ve not figured out yet.

Paul Gibbs interviewed by Troy Dean from WP Elevation

A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by Troy Dean from WP Elevation for their podcast, and the interview (video and a transcript) has just been published. Watch the interview here, and let me know what you think!

Troy is a great guy and is  the best interviewer/podcast host/all-round good guy involved in the WordPress community at the moment, so it was pretty exciting to get the chance to sit down with him and talk about WordPress and BuddyPress, and how I got started with web development, and much more.

If you want to see more WP Elevation podcasts, be sure to check out the archives on the site or on iTunes. If you’re looking for recommendations, I particularly enjoyed the recent interviews with Tom Willmot & Noel Tock (of Human Made fame), and Mike Little (WordPress co-founder).

BuddyPress Translations 1.6f

Version 1.6f of BuddyPress Translations has been released. 1.6f comes with an updated Slovak translation.

Continued big thanks to all the polyglots who contribute the translations for BuddyPress; maybe we should see about adding automatic download of language files to a future version of BuddyPress ;)

#i18n, #translation

Achievements 3 for WordPress now available

After an extremely long time in development, I’m very pleased to be finally able to announce Achievements 3 for WordPress. Go grab it from WordPress.org!

Learn more about the plugin on achievementsapp.com.

#achievements, #scotch

BuddyPress Translations 1.6e

Version 1.6e of BuddyPress Translations has been released. 1.6e comes with new French and Hungarian translations, and the latest versions of all the other translations (noticeably, Spanish!).

Big thanks to all the polyglots who contribute the translations for BuddyPress.

#i18n, #translation